Well, we might never know where that came from, but it doesn't really matter. The Philadelphia Flyers just played a complete hockey game, and in the process, they cruised to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
From top to bottom, everything went right for the orange and black tonight. Brian Boucher played a solid, sometimes lucky, game. The Flyers jumped out of the gate and right down the throats of the Devils. They established position in the Devils end, they moved the puck well once they got down there, and it ultimately led to excellent scoring opportunities.
When you play like that and create chances for yourself, good things happen, and that certainly happened for the Flyers tonight. The line of Simon Gagne, Danny Briere and Ville Leino was absolutely fantastic all night long. The power play looked good. The Flyers got themselves in some penalty trouble in the second period, but the penalty killers bailed them out five times in total with a little bit of that luck and a nice, solid dose of hard work.
On defense, the entire unit was positionally sound all night long. Matt Carle looked solid in his return to action after missing a few games with a minor injury. The one down side of this game was a Dan Carcillo match penalty in the third period.
There was no replay on the CSN broadcast, but reports say that Carcillo cross-checked a Devil in the face. Match penalties call for a game misconduct and automatic review by the league for supplemental discipline, so we'll see where this goes.
In any event, the Flyers need to build off of this win. It's a huge one, but in the end it's just two points. They need to make this the end of the slump -- the building block they use as they head toward the playoffs. If not, playoffs are no guarantee.
After the jump, a look at the playoff race, questions with answers and the comment of the night.
Tonight's Playoff Race Update
Questions with Answers
- Can somebody -- anybody -- score a goal? Give us a spark? Please? The whole team had a spark from the get go.
Martin Brodeur has looked shaky against the Flyers more than a few times this season. Tonight? Marty looked terrible and the Flyers chased him after the second period.
look in his first game back? Fantastic, and he scored a goal right off the bat.
- Do the Flyers play with the urgency necessary in this situation? They certainly did. Nice change of pace.
Comment of the Night
There are good odd-man rushes now? Is that when the offense is bringing the goalie pizza or something?