The Philadelphia Flyers needed that. Steve Mason made 41 saves. Wayne Simmonds scored once in regulation, then tallied the game winner in the shoot out as the Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Steve Mason makes a save. Photo courtesy of Kate Frese
For the first time in almost three weeks there will be hockey in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Flyers (14-18-7) return home after a season long eight game road trip. The team will face off against the Ottawa Senators (16-15-7) tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Game time is 7:00.
After closing out a road trip with five straight losses, a near severe injury to their captain and making headlines for a CBA travel violation, the Flyers returned to practice on Monday and spoke about the road trip as a whole.
The common theme: no one is happy with the performances.
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.