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The Morning After: Flyers roll over Avs, 5-2

The Flyers are good. They beat Colorado 5-2 Tuesday night in South Philly.

B&P’s Take: This team is really just doing everything right right now. They're confident and they're having fun, and come playoff time (knock on wood), if they have this same kind of intensity, they will not be a welcome sight on an opposing schedule. The special teams are clicking in a way I have never seen before, and it continued tonight, with two power play goals and a shorthanded goal tallied in the win.

The team caught some really lucky bounces tonight, the most obvious being Mike Richards second period goal that bounced up to the heavens off the shot before coming down, deflecting off of Budaj, and bouncing into the net. Any team can get lucky, but the Flyers are capitalizing on their chances like good teams do. As Stevens said postgame, "The harder you work, the more bounces you get."

B&P’s Three Stars

  1. Simon Gagne

  2. Mike Knuble

  3. Antero Niittymaki

Turning Point of the Game: Entering the second period, the Flyers were lucky to have the lead. Colorado completely controlled the first period, but a defensive breakdown on Knuble's goal and then a strike by the Flyers potent penalty kill allowed us to escape the period in the lead, certainly a large blow to Colorado's psyche.

Questions With Answers: I asked five questions in the gameday post. Here they are, reprinted, with their answers. All credit for this idea goes to Hockey Wilderness.

1. The Flyers are second in the league on the PP while Colorado is 20th in PK. Can the home team take advantage? Yes, twice. The special teams were a huge part of the win last night.

2. Which team will benefit from Peter Budaj’s first start against the Flyers? I don't think it would've mattered who was in net for Colorado. Richards goal was a lucky bounce and the shorthanded goal would've beat anybody.

3. Will the Avalanche have any momentum coming off of a gusty win over the defending champs, or will the two games in two nights with travel in between throw them off? They outplayed the Flyers for sure in the first period and definitely had more legs. They even took a 1-0 lead before the Flyers scored four unanswered goals. The momentum helped them, but they were unable to make it meaningful by keeping the Flyers off the scoreboard.

Other Notes: Danny Briere was placed on LTIR before the game, presumably to clear immediate cap room for Randy Jones. Jones was sent down to the Phantoms temporarily for a conditioning stint.

Montreal on Thursday. Go Flyers.