The Flyers won tonight. It was really swell. They fell behind in a boring first period, 1-0, to the Lightning before coming out in the second period and kicking all kinds of ass. They grabbed two quick goals early, via Danny Briere and Jaromir Jagr, and would never relinquish that lead.
The lead would expand to 3-1 by the end of the period thanks to a goal by Wayne Simmonds, but with just a few minutes remaining, Simmonds and Claude Giroux collided near the Flyers bench. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux's head -- he tried to jump over him and missed -- and G went immediately down the tunnel.
He never returned to the game, and we all will have nightmares tonight as a result.
The Bolts scored quickly in the third period to cut the lead to 3-2, but goals by Matt Carle and Scott Hartnell solidified the two points in the standings. Ilya Bryzgalov left the game in the third period too, but unlike Giroux, he returned to the bench. Hopefully that's a sign that it won't be a serious thing.
Two points, cool. Two players down? Not so much.
Questions with Answers
- How's the Lightning's 1-3-1 trap impact this one? It didn't really impact the game too much. Nothing like the game in Tampa. The Flyers played pretty aggressively.
- What's the crowd reaction like if they try it? ...
- Scott Hartnell has goals in four straight. Five? Yes!
- How glaring is Martin St. Louis' absence from the Tampa Bay lineup? Eh, whatever.
Comment of the Night
I’m sure they’ll announce his knee surgery in the post-game.