Two seasons ago, the Philadelphia Flyers exuded resilience. The club could scarcely have faced more in-season adversity and battled through it successfully.
That year, the Flyers established a new franchise record for comeback victories after trailing at some point within the third period. The club won 11 such games. Correspondingly, the club pulled off the rare feat of digging out of a 1-7-0 hole at the start of the season to finish with 94 points and a playoff spot.
Simultaneously, the team ended up with seven different 20-goal scorers for the season after the team scored just 22 goals through its first 15 games.
While many of the players who gave the 2013-14 Flyers the leadership character and backbone to repeatedly beat the odds are still with the team -- including the likes of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Steve Mason and Mark Streit -- the team lost some of its key leadership group members who helped shape the never-say-die identity the club developed. The likes of the now-retired Kimmo Timonen and the traded Scott Hartnell are no longer around, and their galvanizing presence has arguably been missed as much in the dressing room as on the ice.
Over the last season-plus, one of the challenges faced by the Flyers' leadership group has been to establish a similar ability to battle through adversity and find ways to come away with a win -- or at least one point in the standings -- at the end of the night. That is why the club found encouragement in its last two games.