The Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn scored 1:14 apart in the second period to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It was a win the Flyers really needed because they had not been playing well as of late. It was probably the best game they have played in the last six games.
Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr who are part of the Flyers top scoring line helped the team with four points between them. The Flyers played their cycling style well and looked very coinfident in their play. They created many scoring opportunities in the game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs got scoring from Tyler Bozak who scored two goals and Joffrey Lupul had one goal for the Leafs in the game, who have been playing pretty good hockey recently. Toronto was 6-2-1 in their previous nine games.
Flyers' goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves in the game including a huge save on Bozak on a 4-on-2 rush with five minutes left in the game. Bobrovsky was coming off a sub par performance last Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, allowing a career-worst six goals. The Flyers needed the victory on Thursday night to keep their fourth spot in the Eastern Conference Standings. The Flyers were 1-2-2 in the previous five games.
Claude Giroux put the Flyers ahead on a pass from Jagr and he netted his 21st goal of the season. Schenn made it 4-2 scoring into a wide-open net after getting a rebound that went off of the Maple Leaf's goalie James Reimer's shoulder and over to Schenn. The Maple Leafs Bozak scored 54 seconds into the second period. Just 2:38 later Talbot deflected a slap shot by Andrej Meszaros past Reimer. Lupul then scored on a power-play goal to tie the game at 2-2. Scott Hartnell gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first period. Hartnell though was not done there either. After scoring the goal Hartnell immediately turned around and exchanged words with Phaneuf and the two dropped gloves.
The Flyers host the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are 0-4 this season against the New York Rangers and they need to solve this puzzle. The Flyers need to beat the Rangers in an important Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference game. The Flyers need this for their confidence and show themselves that they can beat the Rangers. They could very well see this team in the playoffs and they need to know not only can they play with them but they can beat them too. It should be a playoff type of atmosphere and both teams should be very energized as they take the ice against each other.