This October, Philadelphia Flyers chairman and owner Ed Snider wasn't able to attend the home opener. On Thursday, the Flyers took their annual team photo. It was the first time in 49 seasons that Ed Snider was not sitting front and center.
Snider, who turned 83 in January, may not have been present physically, but the owner is on the minds of the Flyers as the season hits a critical point. The Flyers only exist because of Ed Snider's vision. Now the Flyers are trying to return the favor with a playoff appearance.
"Mr. Snider obviously is this organization. He is the Philadelphia Flyers," Simmonds said. "This is definitely something we're trying to put together for Mr. Snider."
By even getting the game to overtime, the Flyers had earned a point that eliminated the Ottawa Senators from playoff contention. Why is that significant? Because the Senators were the last remaining Canadian team to be eliminated from playoff contention, meaning for just the second time in NHL history, no team from Canada will make a playoff appearance.
But on this night, facing the President's Trophy winners in the Washington Capitals, facing a team they could very well meet again in the first round of the playoffs, dealing with a grinding, gritty, playoff-like atmosphere, the Flyers really did deliver the most important win of the season, a 2-1 win.
And it happened to come in the most unlikely fashion, via the shootout.
It's no secret what has plagued the Flyers this season: the shootout. The Flyers had a 2-8 record in the shootout this season entering Wednesday night.
The Flyers used a complete effort to force overtime against the President's Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals, rallying for a goal late in the third.
But after an entertaining overtime, they solved the likely Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby and claimed a 2-0 shootout victory for a 2-1 win over the Capitals on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center.