Flyers 7, Leafs 4
Pretty shitty day for Philly sports fans yesterday as the Birds did the inevitable and completed a disastrous December meltdown. But luckily the Flyers were there to do their best to pick everyone up and potted home a touchdown’s worth of goals on the road in Toronto yesterday. Things didn’t quite get off to a great start with #FormerFlyers Joffrey Lupul and JVR getting the Leafs off to a 2-0 lead, but after a hectic 26 seconds where both teams combined for 3 goals everything started to fall into place. Let me just say one thing real quick before we look at the 3 slickest goals of the game. Anytime Old Saint Nicklas Grossman and Umberger score in the same game should count for at least an extra point or something. Or maybe the game should just be called once it happens. Either way, that box score belongs in the Bizarro Museum.
Giroux Is Absolutely Filthy
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Giroux and Voracek both ended the night with 4 points a piece meaning Pork Chops leads the NHL in points with 42 and G is tied for 2nd with 39. They’re 1-2 in the league in assists and just imagine next season when the Flyers have 3 players in the Top 5 in points once McDavid is on the roster. Watch the fuck out, everyone else. Ovechkin scored the goal of the night yesterday and possibly the goal of the year, but this snip from Captain Claude from that angle got it to move.
Scotty Laughton Is A Grown Ass Man
Tickle that water bottle, Scotty. Tickle that water bottle. Laughton has been playing unbelievable so far in his time up with the big boys. Pretty sure he’s the only guy on the team who I never get mad at. Not sure if it’s just because I give him a free pass here and there as a rookie, but he’s making it impossible for anyone to make a case against him staying up in the NHL. He was all over the place last night, getting up in people’s faces, bringing the energy, bringing the snipes, and bringing the Tastykakes.
When Did Simmonds Get Hands?
Slick set up from the Wayne Train and say goodnight, Mr. Jonathan Bernier. As it would turn out, Jonathan Bernier is nowhere close to being half the goalie that Nelson Mandela ever was.
Few Other Quick Points
- A couple weeks ago I had the entire 24-14-18 line in my dog house. But lately they’ve been on a nice little tear and found a way to get things going. Between Mason getting hurt, Lecavalier being a complete bum, and Berube knowing negative things about hockey, the three of these guys are very low on the Flyer’s problem list.
- Emery is a very capable back up goaltender. Now you can’t expect to give up 4 goals and have your offense bail you out with 7 of their own every game, but maybe this road trip won’t be quite as bad on my liver as it was once expected to be.
- Flyers play Winnipeg tonight at 9. There’s a slight chance we get to see Rob Zepp in between the pipes. Won’t that be fun? Also, keep an eye on Evander Kane. He may try to sneak onto the Flyers bench at some point throughout the game. Now give me some music.