Another successful week came to a disappointing end with the Flyers defeat on Saturday to Columbus, 4-1. But the week featured plenty of positives, as the Flyers extended the previous week's winning streak to four games.
With that, it's time once again to pick our Player and Play of the Week.
The Philadelphia Flyers faced a motivated team last night in the Columbus Blue Jackets, and were never really in the game. It took the Jackets almost 10 minutes to break through on the scoreboard, but there was little doubt about the outcome for most of the game.
The Flyers were a step slower all night. I don't know if it's the second game of back-to-back was catching up to them, or a little reality check after the four game winning streak, but they were not good enough last night. Former Flyer Scott Hartnell showed up his teammates with a three point night in the win, and ex-Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky even picked up an assist.
The trading of prospects can lead to some wonderful things, or terrible blunders. It’s all in how someone views young talent and their potential. With the Flyers front office, they didn’t see what another team apparently did.
In a relatively small footnote to the 2005-06 season, the Flyers made a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flyers acquired right wing Matt Ellison and a 2006 third-round pick in exchange for defenseman Eric Meloche and right wing PatrickSharp.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms had been on a roll coming into Saturday night's. Anthony Stolarz had been incredible between the pipes, and they were getting scoring from nearly everyone on the roster. The power play had continued to struggle, just as it had for most of this campaign.
Saturday's game was much of the same, as the power play went 0-for-5 and Stolarz made 42 saves. Chris Bourque scored with 20.4 remaining to give the Hershey Bears a 2-1 victory on Saturday in Hershey.