Flyers Crush Canes, 8-1
Some nights, it’s just your night. For the Philadelphia Flyers, those nights are usually when they play the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Flyers absolutely obliterated the Canes on Thursday night in an 8-1 victory. They came out strong with what appeared to be Scott Hartnell goal after a brilliant Ville Leino centering pass. However, the goal was called off due to a controversial ‘kicking motion’, but it didn’t take long for the Flyers to put it back on the board. Leino used a beautiful spin-o-rama pass to find Danny Briere to give the Flyers the lead. After hitting a couple of posts and watching Cam Ward rob Jeff Carter on the doorstep, it seemed like a game where the Flyers would fail to capitalize. In games like that, they usually regret it as the opposition climbs back in the game.
No such thing would happen Thursday night.
Carter netted the Flyers’ second tally around the two-minute mark of the first period, and the second period was more of the same. He had both Flyers’ goals to secure his second career hat-trick. In what was an interesting twist, he actually wasn’t credited with the third goal until the 2nd intermission, as the original score had gone to Andrej Meszaros. The Flyers marched through the third period as they had in the first two, scoring four goals to Carolina’s one. The goals kept coming, and the Flyers looked pretty darn impressive.
What would a recap be these days without Sergei Bobrovsky’s paragraph? In his last eight starts, the Flyers are 7-0-1, that’s no coincidence. The kid saved 35 of 36 on Thursday and he gets more and more and more impressive every night out. At the beginning of the season, the question among Flyers fans was, ‘What do we do with Bobrovsky when Michael Leighton comes back?’ It seems that the question has now become, ‘Will Leighton or Boucher be the backup?’ Bobrovskymania has swept Philadelphia. It feels great to say that, I sure hope the young goalie can keep it up.
I’ll admit, the two day ‘vacation’ that the Flyers took to play golf at Pinehurst in North Carolina had me worried. In fact, in my weekly review/preview, I had them down for an overtime loss Thursday. A Carolina team that was coming off a 7-1 demolition of the Edmonton Oilers seemed like it would be a tough test (yes I know, it was the Oilers). But I was pleasantly surprised to see the Flyers play the way they did Thursday night. In the past, the team may have stooped to the opposition’s level after the close calls didn’t go their way in the first period. This team didn’t. They persevered, and in doing so they trounced the Hurricanes. The team will go home to Philadelphia where they’ll face the Panthers on Saturday night.
Hopefully, they just keep rolling along.