After a pitiful showing in Ottawa on Sunday, the Flyers fell back on their winning ways tonight as they returned to home ice for the first time since a really long time ago. Sure, it was against a really bad Toronto team that didn't really put up much of a fight, but the Flyers proved that they were in fact the superior team tonight.
The game was punctuated by the three Danny's: Briere, Carcillo, and Syvret. Briere notched his 500th career point on his second goal of the night, Syvret scored his second career goal in his second game in Winter Classic uniforms, and Carcillo was just the man. The team as a whole looked great on the power play, going three for six. Michael Leighton made 30 saves in his seventh consecutive start.
Meanwhile, the Leafs looked like a school of fish out of water, but they did at least show some semblance of life in the third period. Three fights -- or what Toronto GM Brian Burke would call 'truculence' -- were the result of some chippy play to end the second period, and as usual, Scott Hartnell was involved in the middle of it. He and Garnet Exelby were given 10 minute misconducts late in the third because Exelby decided to hit Hartnell while he was down. Exelby wasn't happy because he got beat down by Arron Asham early in the third, and he of course couldn't take seeing Hartnell beat down Jeff Finger several minutes after that.
The Leafs aren't good at hockey, nor can they stand toe-to-toe with our boys when it comes to this truculence thing, apparently. They'll have a shot at redemption in a week at Air Canada Centre, though. Oh, and inevitably Leaf fans will bring up the fact that Dan Carcillo was dropped by Jamal Mayers in the third. Well, yeah, but the kids a dangler, so he's got no more time for that fighting BS.
Back to hockey, though, the Flyers simply dominated an inferior team and earned the two points they should've. They're 5-1-1 in their last seven and we'll obviously take the win, but there's nothing to get excited about as the team heads to Pittsburgh tomorrow.
After the jump, comment of the night and a peek at the highlights. There was no preview of the game tonight so e don't have any questions to answer.
Comment of the Night
Never thought I'd type this, but tonight Carcillo is better at scoring than fighting