The Flyers were in Bloomington, Minnesota to take on Bobby Smith, Dino Ciccarelli and the Minnesota North Stars at The Met Center, one of the tougher places to play in the NHL. On this night, the Flyers would lose to Minnesota 5-3 , however the fireworks that came after the final whistle were just as entertaining as the game itself.
This afternoon game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers started pretty evenly. Halfway through the first, however, Nick Schultz absorbed a very hard hit and was forced to leave the game. This hit set the table for the rest of the game.
After Luke Schenn started a fight to stand up for Schultz, the Flyers found themselves without two of their heavily rotated top-four defensemen for an extended period. The Rangers carried the play thereafter, but the Flyers weathered the storm.
Eventually the Flyers found their footing, and when the Couturier line finally got the goal they have been deserving, the game looked very different. Ultimately the Flyers can credit their depth, both in forward scoring and defensemen adjusting on the fly to bigger roles, with ending their 10 game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.