Flyers make progress in playoff race as hot start to homestand continues
At the end of the day, the margin is still three points. But only because the Flyers forced the Pittsburgh Penguins to answer.
A 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes continued a great start to a crucial six-game homestand that may be their last stand in the playoff race.
By virtue of two straight wins, the Flyers are now looking down on seven other teams, jumping the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils. When they look up in the standings at the teams ahead, the two holding wildcard spots sit waiting.
The Flyers may not have gained any points on Pittsburgh, but they did make significant progress, capitalizing on the first two games at home.
The Philadelphia Flyers used goals from Scott Laughton, Claude Giroux, and Sam Gagner in the first period along with outstanding goaltending from Michal Neuvirth to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
Scott Laughton put the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 9:30 of the first period. Laughton took a pass from Nick Cousins and went in on a breakaway. He beat Luois Domingue through the five hole for hia sixth of the season. Mark Streit picked up the other assist.