The Philadelphia Flyers' bench celebrates as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-2 at the Wells Fargo Center. Image c/o Amy Irvin of 38Photography.
With nine games remaining, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 85 points. After their win on Friday, the Flyers have 85 points to the New York Rangers’ 86 with two games in hand. Philadelphia will be playing two of the top teams in the league in three of their next four games and a desperate team in Columbus who is still fighting for a playoff berth.
The Flyers blew a 3-goal lead and lost to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, 5-4. No, this was not an April Fools’ joke. The Flyers’ fourth goal, however, was a historic one -- both for the team and for a left-handed sniper from Lindsay, Ontario. That goal was the 50th on the season for Rick MacLeish, the first Flyer to ever score 50 goals in a season.
Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek celebrate Giroux's third-period goal in the Flyers 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.(Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com)
In a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the Flyers fourth line generated the best scoring chances. Despite Jake Voracek's power-play goal in the closing minutes, the Flyers effort wasn't nearly good enough.
Craig Berube called out his top line and made some changes to the rest. Tye McGinn was on the second line. Michael Raffl was on the third. And veteran Vincent Lecavalier was centering the fourth line.
On a 5-on-3, Lecavalier scored to open the scoring with help from Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen and that helped start the Flyers on their way to a much-needed 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.