Flyers stay the course as top line takes over in final period
The Flyers gave the Nashville Predators seven power plays in Thursday night's game. It took the Predators until the seventh to finally strike. When they did, it cut a Flyers 4-1 lead down to one goal at 4-3 with just under 10 minutes to play.
That could have been the beginning of the end for the Flyers. They had struggled to get into the offensive zone in the third and had limited chances through the first two periods, even with four goals on the board.
The Flyers never wavered.
Instead, they worked hard in the attacking zone, got a power play and capitalized quickly. Just 1:10 later, they added another goal to ice it.
The 6-3 victory marked the third straight win for the Flyers, who continued their climb back into the playoff picture.
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each scored twice. Matt Read and Brayden Schenn also scored. Steve Mason made 37 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Nashville Predators, 6-3, at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.
It was a back and forth start to the game as both teams went up and down the ice but neither team could generate much in the way of chances. The game also saw very few whistles until Radko Gudas got called for a double minor for high sticking about half way through the opening period.
The Philadelphia Flyers (22-18-8) hit the road for a battle with Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators (24-19-8) on Thursday night. This is the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. Game time from Music City is 8 p.m.
The Flyers defeated the Predators, 3-2, in overtime in Philadelphia back on Nov. 27. Shayne Gostisbehere scored the overtime winner for the Flyers. Michal Neuvirth got the win in goal.
So many times in hockey, there is too much of a focus on the numbers, what the stat sheet reads after a game or the totals at a certain point in the season. Often times, that is used to unjustly judge a player's skill level.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall has always gone to bat for one player in particular who hasn't lit things up offensively but falls into a spotlight of sorts -- a Top-10 pick, a rookie that took the organization by storm, a player that was so known for his offensive work in juniors that embraced the defensive aspect of the game at the pros -- particularly for his age.
Sean Couturier, who is still just 23, was always the defensive catalyst for the Flyers, even going back to his rookie year when he was 18. But this season, more than ever, after an absence from the lineup for three games, the Flyers learned just how valuable he is in all phases of the game.