Flyers Confidence and Special Teams Shine in Win vs Habs

February 3rd, 2016 by Joe Buscemi | Filed under Flyers, General, Hockey.
Forward Ryan White Celebrates the Flyers win with goalie Steve Mason

Forward Ryan White Celebrates the Flyers win with goalie Steve Mason

The Flyers returned home to Philadelphia as they hosted the Montreal Canadians to begin the second half of the season. They went into the all-star break with a win and were five points out of the wildcard and needed another regulation win to inch closer to the final wild card spot and distance themselves from the Canadians. They did just that, thanks to a full sixty minutes of good/disciplined hockey. The special teams played a vital role in last nights victory, as they went 2-4 on the powerplay, goals from Simmonds and Schenn, and killed 3 of 4 Habs penalties, including a 5 minute major given to Radko Gudas for his hit on Lucas Lessio.

The Flyers 2-0 lead would be cut in half thanks to a powerplay goal scored by Habs Andrei Markov, with just 1:42 left in the first. After scoring late in the first, the Canadians would score the tying goal just 2:30 into the 2nd period, courtesy of defensemen Jeff Petry, Halfway into the second, Wayne Simmonds netted his second goal of the night, giving the Flyers a critical 3-2 lead. After killing the five minute major, Matt Read put the dagger in the Habs, as he scored the empty netter to put the Flyers up 4-2 with just 43 seconds left in regulation.

Wayne Simmonds 3rd period go-ahead-goal.

Takeaways:

Back-up goaltender Michal Neuvirth will is out 7-10 with a lower-body-injury, Anthony Stolarz was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to back-up Steve Mason, he will wear the number 65.

Flyers & Canadians are tied at 52 points and 5 points out of the 2nd wild-card spot to the Penguins.

Wayne Simmonds has caught fire of late, has he tallied 9 points in 11 games in January, has 4 goals and 6 points in his previous 4 games, and now leads the team in goals with 16.

The Flyers return to action on Thursday night as they fly out to Nashville to play the Predators. Live coverage begins at 8pm and can be found on CSN Philly and 97.5 The Phanatic.

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