The Flyers on Thursday night clinched the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and ended the Buffalo Sabres season in the same game. The Flyers in the past few seasons had the Buffalo Sabres end their season so payback was kind of sweet. The Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, 2-1. The Flyers will now play their cross-state rival the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting next week in Pittsburgh.
Matt Read of the Flyers scored the game winning goal on a breakaway late in the third period which lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to the victory and the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins will meet at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center next week in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon to close out the season in what is suppose to be a meaningless game but it might just be more than that. The Flyers could be looking for some payback after last weeks third period brawl. So Saturday's game could be a little wild. The two teams are going to really get to know one another in the next two weeks. This playoff series is going to be really interesting and competitive.
This will be the Flyers first playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2009 when the Penguins won that playoff series, 4-2 in the first round. The Philadelphia Flyers are 8-1-2 against the Penguins in the last two seasons. Well it is now the playoffs and statistics like that are totally out the window because the playoffs are a whole different season.
The Flyers closed ou their regular season home record with a 22-13-6 record. They were able to rest some of their top players in Thursday night's game. Claude Giroux played the lest amount of minutes he has played all season long. Giroux is going to be very important in the playoffs and the Flyers are going to need him to lead them. He plays well and this team has the chance to advance deep in the playoffs. Let the playoffs begin. It is a whole new season and all regular season records do not mean anything now.