If a game could jump start a team's season and an offensive explosion ignite a team's confidence level well than last night's game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia could possibly be that game in which this Flyers team looks back as being the turning point of their season. This game could be the one that jump starts the Flyers remaining schedule in the regular season and carry them into the playoffs. It all did not start that way for the Philadelphia Flyers in last night's game.
The Flyers fell behind early in the game, 2-0 in the first period buth then scored seven unanswered goals which included two goals by Talbot and Wayne Simmonds as the Flyers went on to a convincing 7-2 win on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
Wayne Simmonds scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season and they both were on the power-play for the Flyers. Ilya Bryzgalov who was in goal for the Flyers who played well after giving up the quick early two goals to the Sabres in the first ten minutes of the first period. He shut down the Sabres for the remaining of the game and did not allow a goal the rest of the way.
Claude Giroux on Thursday night had an excellent game for the Flyers as well. Giroux increased his season point total to 67 points which is only two points behind league leader Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Giroux had a career-high five assists on Thursday night. Scott Hartnell had four points on the night with one goal and three assists.
The Flyers won their second game in the last seven games and it did not look good early in the game as the Flyers fell behind 2-0 early but they connected on four second period goals and three third period goals as the Flyers coasted to an easy victory. Flyers rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored a second period goal, the first goal of his NHL career.
The win for the Philadelphia Flyers might of come at a price. The Flyers lost Danny Briere and Tom Sestito to injuries. Danny Briere was knocked into the boards by the Sabres Patrick Kaleta in the first period and Briere appeared to have hurt his shoulder. The Flyers Tom Sestito was in a second period fight with the Sabres Zack Kassian and hurt his hand.
The Flyers no doubt got a wake up call between the first and second period from head coach Peter Laviolette because the Flyers came out with a different attitude and with more purpose in the second period. They took the game to the Sabres and completely dominated the game the rest of the way. The seven goals scored by the Flyers in Thursday night's game were the most the Flyers have scored in a game since November 5th against Columbus when they scored nine goals. This win could be the win that jump starts this team the rest of the way and one that this team looks back on as the way that got them over the hump. Let's see what the Flyers do with this win. They play cross-state rival the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon in a big Atlantic Division game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.