Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Flyers got scoring from all positions in this one as 6 different players scored goals and 14 of the 18 Flyers skaters had points in the game. One of the biggest strengths of this Flyers team is their amazing depth; when they are on, this team is capable of rolling four lines that play hard and can put the puck in the net.
Michael Leighton was once again in net for the Flyers and he looked solid, stopping 27 of 30 shots on his way to his 4th straight win. His numbers would have been even better had he not let up two inconsequential goals late in the third period when the game was already decided. Leighton is going to make it extremely difficult for the returning Ray Emery to get back on the ice and even harder for Brian Boucher to keep a spot on the roster.
The only negative on the night was a pair of injuries to Danny Syvret and Scott Hartnell. Syvret got hit hard early in the game and didn't return as he dealt with an upper-body injury while Hartnell was in and out of the lineup as he dealt with a few scrapes and bruises. Injuries are the last thing this team needs as it begins to find its stride once again.
Suddenly, the Flyers find themselves as one of the hotter teams in the NHL with an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games. Their recent run also pushes them from deep in the Eastern Conference up to the 7th seed and looking to move up from there. We can hold our heads up high once again, Flyers fans, this finally looks like a team that's capable of making some noise.