There were six NHL games played on Sunday. Of the six, half would need overtime with two going to the shootout. Chicago and Dallas, Anaheim and Nashville and finally Boston and Carolina all needed extra time to settle things.
Holiday road trips have been somewhat of a tradition for the Flyers, and this season is no exception. The Flyers just returned from an eight-game road jaunt over the past two-plus weeks, which has seen excitement matched up with intense disappointment.
It was a trying week for Flyers fans as the Flyers returned from the holiday break with five straight losses. As disappointing and embarrassing as the play was, we must once again pick our Player and Play of the Week.
Our Player of the Week is Vincent Lecavalier. In a week where many Flyers struggled - Lecavalier included - one thing the veteran forward did was keep up his recent string of scoring. He added two goals and one assist to his season total in four games this week.
Our Play of the Week goes to Claude Giroux. Giroux gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche. It doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary, but when you see how Giroux scored, you can quickly tell it is a special goal.
Giroux speeds up the ice and works his way through three Colorado defenders before being Semyon Varlamov. Video of the goal is below.
The Flyers are in action on Tuesday against Ottawa, Thursday against Washington and Saturday against Boston, all at home. Check back next week for our next selections of Player and Play of the Week.
Simply one of the best nicknames in all of sports belongs to a beloved Flyer, Dave Schultz. Nicknamed "The Hammer" for the heavy right hand that he would throw during a fight, he also had some scoring skills as well. On this night, his hands stayed inside his gloves as he played more like Bobby Clarke. He recorded his first NHL hat trick as the Flyers beat the N.Y Rangers, 4-2.
It looked like the Flyers were going to turn a corner after starting their season-long eight-game road trip with three-consecutive wins. Between a season-high seven goals to open the trip against Toronto, a comeback win over a resurgent Winnipeg team and a resounding win over a middling Minnesota Wild squad, things were looking good for the Flyers.
Five losses later, the team returns home. They closed out their road trip almost the polar opposite of the way they started it, with a 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils.