As the final horn sounded on Thursday night, the scoreboard showed a 5-2 Flyers victory over the Winnipeg Jets. It marked one of the Flyers more impressive games of the season.
In December, the Flyers showed character with a win over the Jets by rallying for two goals in the third and scoring the game-winning goal 10 seconds into overtime. This time, the Flyers controlled the game against a team that had won five of their last six games.
For weeks, the Flyers have been waiting out the results of tests on Kimmo Timonen. The veteran defenseman has missed the entire season with blood clots, but has been working his way back in an effort to make a comeback.
On Tuesday, GM Ron Hextall offered a positive report, but would not confirm a full prognosis. Head coach Craig Berube may have let the cat out of the bag.
Berube hinted that Timonen will return to the Flyers this season, saying he's excited for the defenseman's return. But Hextall said to hold the phone on the comeback talk just yet.
The Flyers season has been a roller-coaster ride of what could have been and what will probably never be. The Orange and Black have had stretches of great potential, where they play inspired hockey and then go cold and show listlessness.
The last time the Flyers faced the Winnipeg Jets, it was one of their statement games. Trailing 3-1 in the third, the Flyers rallied around rookie goalie Rob Zepp to force overtime and win, 4-3, in what was the second of three straight wins to start a crucial road trip.
It is over a month since that game, and the Flyers are now on home ice looking to extend their winning streak to three games on Thursday night as they host the Jets. The opening face-off is set for 7 p.m.