The Philadelphia Flyers are officially now in the 2012 NHL Playoffs and the run for the Stanley Cup. The Flyers led by Danny Briere who had two goals as the Flyers defeated the Canadiens, 4-1, and clinched a playoff spot with the win in front of a very excited home crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Danny Briere with his two goals in the game snapped a slump and a long gameless streak without a goal. He had not scored a goal in 29 games except for an empty net goal. This could be a really good sign for the Flyers because the Flyers will no doubt need Briere's leadership but also him to be scoring goals as well.
Briere broke a 1-1 tie in the game with 12:13 left in the second period to put the Flyers up. He than got his second power-play goal with 2:22 left in the second period.
The Flyers still continue to get very good goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov, who in March is 10-1-1. This is really an excellent sign for this team as they approach the playoffs. If Ilya Bryzgalov can continue to play like this and especially in the playoffs the Philadelphia Flyers will be a tough out and could very well go very far in the playoffs.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead in the game when Kimmo Timonen scored on a power-play goal with 8:50 left in the first period. Another good sign for the Flyers coming out of this game on Saturday night is the fact that the team scored three goals on the man advantage. Special teams is another key factor as the team makes a playoff push. You will need to capitalize on the man advantage when it is given to you.
The Flyers also got another goal on the night from rookie sensation Matt Read. He is no doubt going to make a push to be the NHL Rookie of the Year.
The Flyers have seven games left in the regular season and right now they have 96 points in the Eastern Conference Standings. The Flyers look to get as high in the standings as possible. They look to continue to also get the very good goaltending they have gotten in March in the playoffs too. It will be a huge factor for the Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup run.