Gostisbehere, top line lead way as Flyers pass huge test in win
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When you look across the board at the scoresheet, the big names stand out. Giroux, Simmonds, Schenn, Gostisbehere.
The four players the Flyers have seemingly relied on the most this season brought their best on Monday night. And the one who has delivered more times than most rookies usually do stole the show again.
Monday's game was as big a test as the Flyers have faced in several weeks. The Tampa Bay Lightning came in with a nine-game winning streak, four lines of scoring depth and really unfathomable records when they get the edge. The Flyers overcame it all and passed with flying colors.
As the horn sounded on Thursday's disastrous 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, it looked like the Flyers' chances at a Wild Card playoff berth could finally be put to rest.
It was the fourth time this season that they had been shut out, and their first goal-less effort since Nov. 21. It also happened to come against a bottom-feeding Oilers squad that's in line for yet another top draft pick, and was another classic example of the Orange and Black playing down to their competition.
After taking their only loss of the homestand to this point, the Flyers responded with a resounding 6-0 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. They have one game left in the comforts of home on the six-game homestand before taking to the road to continue the playoff push.
The goal for the Flyers on the homestand has been in the range of 10 points in six games. They have eight in five after four wins and one disappointing regulation loss to the Oilers.
One common thread of the Flyers homestand has been the type of opponent. All five games have come against teams either well out of the playoff race or fighting for a playoff spot.
On Monday, that trend changes as the Flyers welcome the first of several playoff opponents to come. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in town and bring a nine-game winning streak with them. Game time is set for 7 p.m.