There was talk about Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin before these last two games. Now there is talk about a slight chance of the playoffs! What happened? To tell the truth, no one really knows. This week the Flyers have beaten a very good Montreal team 7-3, and a talented Rangers team 4-2 behind what has been the first time the Flyers have put two good two-way games together in what seems like a season.
The Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, 7-3 in what was the Flyers highest output since February 18th, where the orange and black also scored 7, versus the Islanders. The Flyers top line of Giroux, Hartnell and Voracek combined for 9 points, and the much maligned and underachieving Scott Hartnell scored 3 goals for a hat trick, and nearly doubled his scoring total for the ENTIRE season. Good game for the Flyers power forward, but where has this been all season? Other goals were scored by Sean Couturier, Erik Gustafsson, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek in the 7-3 effort. In the first period, Canadiens goon Ryan White boasted a shoulder to the jaw of Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins, causing a likely season ending concussion for the newly acquired defenseman. Kurtis Foster then immediately jumped on White in an act of retaliation. White received an ejection and a likely suspension. Kurtis Foster received 19 penalty minutes, and the Flyers dominated from that point on. Great efforts by Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson went a long way, as they combined to play 58 minutes of hockey.
In the game against the New York Rangers, the Flyers were outshot 40-22, but won 4-2 behind an absolute gem of a performance by newly acquired (and potential 2013-14 starting goaltender) Steve Mason. Mason had 38 saves on 40 shots, and an effort that was needed for the young goaltender’s confidence going forward. Goals were scored by Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Kimmo Timonen, and Jakub Voracek (empty net) as the Flyers beat a talented Rangers team. Yet another fantastic performance by Erik Gustafsson has likely earned him a shot to be one of the Flyers starting six defensemen next season. Sean Couturier played a great game, especially on the penalty kill, where the Flyers held the Rangers scoreless in five opportunities. Another good sign was the mean streak of rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, who had a career-high six hits. Lauridsen has been trying to be a intimidating hitter as of late, but has suffered many bad penalties. Last night was a big step in the right direction, as he had no penalties in 20 minutes of ice time.
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