The Philadelphia Flyers (23-22-9) are back in action action tonight as they pay a visit to the Columbus Blue Jackets (23-26-3). This is the fourth of five meetings between the two clubs and second of two games in Columbus. The series will wrap up in Philadelphia next Tuesday. Game time is 7:00.
The Buffalo Sabres have started the trade deadline season with a bang. The team traded defenseman Tyler Myers, forward Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and goalie Jason Kasdorf.
If you remember my column from last week, then you remember the task I said was at hand for the Flyers - in the next three games, all against current playoff teams, the Flyers needed two wins.
They did not succeed in this test, winning only the must-win game on Sunday in regulation. But the Flyers did add the additional two points for a second win.
In both cases, the Flyers had the second point for the taking. That's the part that stings. The Flyers could be that much closer to the final playoff spot. Despite that, the Flyers are eight points out of the final playoff spot on this Wednesday morning. The race is not over just yet.
Just as it was on Sunday, a nail-biting finish ensued as the Flyers were clinging to a one-goal lead. Ray Emery couldn't fend off the Canadiens forever and with 7:22 to play, Montreal tied the game.
From that point, it was Montreal's game to lose if they could find a way. The Flyers, who scored just 51 seconds into the game, had not mounted much of an attack in the final 40 minutes. It was only a matter of time.
The shame of the Flyers 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday is the nature in which it ended. Even a shootout loss would have been easier to take than the mass confusion on the ice as Montreal capitalized on a mistake and finished off the Flyers as they probably should have all along.
As with nearly every other game on this now seven-game points streak for the Flyers, they owe their goaltender for getting it to overtime.