The Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon felt like a playoff atmosphere. The players, the teams, and the fans in the building were all in the playoff mode. Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers scored with 0.9 seconds left in the overtime period to give the Flyers a well earned and deserved come from behind victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a 3-2 win and they inched even closer to the idle and division and Eastern Conference leaders the New York Rangers.
The Flyers ended the Penguins 11- game winning streak as well and prevented the Pittburgh Penguins themselves from jumping over the New York Rangers for first place. They are now just a point behind and the Flyers are now three points behind the leaders. The Penguins are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and the Philadelphia Flyers are in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers in the game on Sunday against the Penguins went over 18 minutes from late in the first period to late in the second period without even a shot on the Penguins goal.
The only reason the Flyers were even still in the game was because of the goaltending they got from Ilya Bryzgalov who has been playing very well and he is doing it at exactly the right time as the team is going into the playoffs. He is starting to show why the Philadelphia Flyers went out and signed him to a big free agent contract during the off season. He is no doubt now the number one goalie on this team. Since February 18, Bryzgalov is 10-2-1 with a goals against average of 1.69 during this past month. Bryzgalov kept the Flyers in the game on Sunday when really the Penguins should of been ahead by a bigger deficit. Bryzgalov keeping the score at 2-0 was huge until the Flyers were able to get back into the game.
The Flyers have won five games in a row at the Wells Fargo Center and that is huge as the team approaches the playoffs. They have ten games left in the regular season and seven at home. Two of their three remaining road games are against Pittsburgh who could very well be their first round opponent in the playoffs if the season ends with the standing where they are at now.
The Flyers showed the heart that champions are built on this past weekend. They fell behind in both games on Saturday against the Bruins and on Sunday against the Penguins and they fought back in both and showed alot of character. The team could look back at this weekend as the time that they truely believed that well they are a true contender. Time will tell what and how they will build on this.