The Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds scored two goals on Thursday night to give the Flyers a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Simmonds for the Flyers this season has had a pretty good season thus far for the Flyers. Simmonds has scored 15 goals on the season and he is having so far a career type of season. He is one goal away from his career high in goals in a season. He still has half the season to accomplish this. His confidence level seems to getting higher and higher with each shift and game he is on the ice.
Simmonds helped the Flyers to a 3-1 lead by scoring on a rebound while the Philadelphia Flyers were on a power play with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game clinched the game for the Flyers. Claude Giroux put the icing on the cake thanks to Jaramir Jagr pass and added an empty net goal for the Flyers with 1:05 left to play in the game.
The Nashville Predators had gotten to within 2-1 when Ryan Suter scored with 11:23 left in the game to make it nail bitting time for the Flyers and they were in no way going to relinquish another third period lead this season. The Flyers had just come off a five-on-three power play in which the Predators killed off successfully.
Matt Read scored his 16th goal of the season and he currently leads the NHL among rookies and he gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with 5:28 left in the second period. The Flyers started the scoring in the game when Wayne Simmonds made it 1-0 with 4:19 left in the first period.
The Flyers are trying to play better hockey at home. Head Coach Peter Laviolette wants this club to come out quickly in games at the Wells Fargo Center and take advantage of the home crowds energy. The Flyers are the healthiest they have been all season long and it is very important that they play consistent hockey as a team. It is important as the Flyers push towards the playoffs that they start playing better and utilizing the home ice advantage. The Flyers do have one of the top road records in the league this season but their home record needs to get better. The Flyers on Sunday play an important game against their arch rival and Eastern Conference/Atlantic Division leader the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York City.