Better With Popcorn

Milestones, Slump Busters and offensive fire power

Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders was a surprisingly memorable night for the Philadelphia Flyers.

While the game may have been against a lowly opponent who is all but mathematically eliminated from the postseason, the Flyers took advantage of the opportunity and put together a night of note worthy events.

The most impressive note came in the second period when Kimmo Timonen registered a secondary assist on Jaromir Jagr’s goal that gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead.

The point was the 500th of Timonen’s illustrious career.

“I really appreciated it, obviously,” Timonen said of the ovation fans gave him after it was announced that he recorded the point. “I was a small guy and to be honest not many people thought I could do it. It’s actually a pretty nice feeling.”

However, Timonen wasn’t the only defensemen to record a notable assist on the goal; the team’s newest acquisition, Pavel Kubina registered his first point as a member of the Flyers on the play.

In addition, Scott Hartnell reached a new career high in goals scored in a single season when he recorded his 31st of the year at the start of the third period.

While it may be a stretch, Hartnell has 19 games remaining to try and hit 40.

The point parade didn’t end there.

In the first period, rookie forward Matt Read managed to break a 12-game scoreless drought, when he tied the contest at one. Later in the game, Read added a second goal that ultimately turned out to be the game-winner.

“Yeah, it was kind of getting to me the last three or four games,” Read said of the drought. “Working too hard I guess and gripping the stick too tight when you actually get the puck.  I talked to my line mates tonight night and we just talked about trying to be comfortable out there and be confident, and play with a little bit of a swagger.”

He apparently became comfortable on Thursday.

When the night was finished, he ended the game with three points and tied Colorado Avalanche forward, Gabriel Landeskog for the league lead in goals amongst rookie scorers. Both players now have 18 goals this season.

Read wasn’t the only one who ended the night with a flair for the offensive.

Claude Giroux and defenseman, Andrej Meszaros both finished the night with three points as well.

Giroux recorded three assists on Thursday, which gives him 52 assists this season, the single highest total of his career.

He is now only the fourth Flyer in franchise history to record 50 or more assists in back-to-back seasons, which puts him in the company of the likes of Bobby Clarke, Brian Propp and Mark Recchi.

Giroux now has 21 multi-point games this season, in addition to nine games in which he has three or more points.

He has the third most points (75) of any other player in the league and trails Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin for the league lead by only four points.

Meszaros goal was his first since January 8th, a streak that spanned 21 games. It is only the second time this season that he has registered multiple points in one game.

He is currently only seven points off his total from last season.

Finally, with only seconds remaining in the game, rookie forward Sean Couturier scored an empty net goal to give the Flyers a 6-3 lead. The goal was Couturier’s first since January 17th, a streak that spanned 17 games.

Whether it was a milestone, slump buster or just an awesome display of offensive firepower, the Philadelphia Flyers managed to put the scoreboard on fire on Thursday night.

Hopefully that same kind of effort will continue through the rest of the season.

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