Better With Popcorn

Flyers give fans plenty to cheer about in 5-0 win

As the clock wound down in the waning seconds of the game, the crowd at Wells Fargo Center rose to their feet.

It wasn’t an uncommon occurrence on Thursday night, but it was the final time that they had the chance to do so.

They planned to enjoy every moment of it.

With their Philadelphia Flyers leading the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-0, it proved to be the perfect time for the crowd to show the home team how much they appreciated the dominating effort.

They also wanted to praise the team’s starting goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov.

As the remaining seconds ticked down to zero, the final horn concluded Bryzgalov’s second shutout victory in his last three games.

That wasn’t the only reason the fans erupted into cheers; the shutout was the first time in almost two years that they had the chance to view a shutout victory on Wells Fargo Center ice.

The last occurrence came during the Flyers 2010 playoff run.

Of course, with a five-goal night the fans also had to tip their hat to the explosive offensive effort.

Philadelphia opened the scoring around the mid-way mark of the first period.

With the team on the power play, Claude Giroux was quarterbacking the specialty unit along the right half wall. With Scott Hartnell open in the slot, Giroux centered a blistering pass that Hartnell failed to connect on.

However, it was just right for Brayden Schenn who powered home the fortuitous bounce to give the Flyers an early lead.

The team added to their total early in the second period, when Matt Read grinded out his 19th goal of the season from the front of the Florida goal. As of Thursday night, Read leads all rookies in goals scored this season.

The attack didn’t end there.

Although Hartnell failed to score in the slot earlier in the game, he managed to find his way back to his sweet spot between the faceoff circles after he powered a loose puck the entire length of the ice and into the Florida net.

The Flyers added two more goals in the third, one from Jaromir Jagr and another from Eric Wellwood to solidify their lead at five.

While the team put on a vulgar display of offensive power, the play of Bryzgalov was truly one of the most impressive performances of the night.

After a contentious start to his career in orange and black, the oft-troubled net minder has seemingly begun to find his stride.

With strong positional play and ability to cleanly track the puck, Bryzgalov is finally putting on display the kind of goaltender the Flyers hoped he would be.

Of course, the defense in front of him must be credited as well. The team blocked 18 shots and controlled the amount of traffic getting to the net.

The win truly was a team effort.

The Flyers have now won four-consecutive games and look to be shaping up to be a dangerous team capable of beating their opponents in a multitude of ways.

If this kind of showing keeps up, the fans at Wells Fargo Center will have more than enough opportunities to shower the team with cheers.


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Phil T's picture

Is it just me or is Bryz starting to look like an NHL goaltender?

Matthew Brigidi's picture

He is def looking like an NHL goalie these days.

John Russo's picture

Been saying Bryz would fix his crap all season.

And I'm thrilled everyone loves him now. Though the hypocrisy sickens me, I'm glad he's getting the city back behind him.

Matthew Brigidi's picture

Always plenty of room on the bandwagon my friend. At least you can say you've supported since day one