The Flyers were playing lackadaisical hockey. The lowly Hurricanes had tied the game at 1-1 and they had every ounce of momentum. Saturday afternoon's contest was quickly turning into the trap game we all feared it would.
Until Ian Laperriere dropped Tom Kostopoulos. With a few quick shots to the side of the head, the Hurricane was down, the Flyers were up, and the momentum was shifted. About 40 seconds later, the Flyers took the lead for good.
It's not the first time Lappy has done such a thing, and each and every time he does he proves that he's one of the Flyers most valuable players. He doesn't impress on the score sheet every night but he's obviously the spark that lights the orange and black night after night.
Another spark today was Ray Emery. He had a so-so game up until the third period -- really the final three minutes. In a 3-2 game late, Emery made a flurry of huge saves to keep the game from going to over time, allowing Jeff Carter to score an empty netter with 22 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
With the win and the Bruins loss, the Flyers move up to 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Don't get too comfortable, though, as dropping two points means a meeting with 10th place.
After the jump, questions with answers and the comment of the day.
Questions With Answers
- How rusty is Legace after not playing in so long? Can the Flyers exploit him? He left in the first period, suffering from pink eye.
- The Flyers have held the Hurricanes to a 1 for 18 mark on the power play in the three games they've played this season. Despite a relatively weak PK overall, can they keep up the success against Carolina while killing penalties? Carolina scored both of their goals on the power play.
- Ray Emery has never lost to Carolina, posting a 4-0-0 mark in his career. He's only given up one goal in those games, as well. Can he keep up that success today? He gave up two, but as mentioned, he saved the game in the final minute or two.
- JVR has notched a point in every game he's ever played against Carolina. Okay, so it's only three games, but can he tally another today? He has a three game point streak too. Nah, the point streak ended today.
- Does Mike Richards score his 100th career goal today? Richards was invisible all day, and even on a penalty shot he might as well have been invisible, completely missing everything but the glass.
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