Marc Savard returned for the Boston Bruins in Game 1 and scored an overtime game winner. The Bruins went on to win three straight. Simon Gagne returned for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 and scored an overtime game winner. The Flyers went on to....
We don't know the outcome of this semifinal series with the Bruins will be, but we do know that if you ever needed any kind of momentum, that's one of the ways you would write it up. It's almost creepy how similar Gagne's OT winner tonight was to his OT winner back in 2004 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was in the exact same spot on the Wachovia Center ice, he celebrated in the exact same spot behind the net, and both of them kept the Flyers' season alive.
From top-to-bottom, everybody played well. That includes the guys you'd expect -- Mike Richards, Chris Pronger, Danny Briere, Matt Carle, etc. -- but it also includes the guys you wouldn't necessarily expect. Scott Hartnell had a fantastic game tonight, as did Andreas Nodl. Peter Laviolette and the Flyers need these guys to keep that up.
The Flyers have played just about even with the Boston Bruins all series long. Boston has picked up every lucky bounce, including more than their fair share this evening. The Flyers controlled most of this game, as they have for most of the series, but they couldn't pick up a win prior to tonight. The result obviously changed despite those unlucky bounces, and picking up this kind of win can be what a team needs to ultimately get those bounces in the future.
It's the kind of win that can shift a series. One game at a time. Next up: Monday night in Boston.
After the jump, questions with answers and the comment of the night.
Questions with Answers
- How does Gagne look? Does this need to be answered?! Seriously, Gags looked determined. Very determined.
- Whats the emotion like off of the start? It was strong. It was there all game for the Flyers.
- The Flyers were strong in the offensive end for most of Game 3, but couldn't beat Rask or the B's defense. How do they make adjustments? It seemed to me like they tried to generate a little more from behind the net. Giroux's goal, for example, came from behind the net and Hartnell pushing in the crease.
- Can Miroslav Satan not score tonight, please? NO SIR!
- Is this the Flyers' last game of the season? See you on Monday.
Comment of the Night
I know, I’m scared too.
>> jello44, responding to Hartnell's fine play