Umberger's 1st relaxes team in blowout win as Flyers look to build on momentum
If the Flyers were looking to make a statement following a rather lackluster loss on Tuesday, then mission accomplished. A four-goal second period paced the Flyers to a dominant 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
In a stretch where the Flyers really needed to set an identity for themselves, that identity remains a mystery. Thursday was a good opening remark, but there are still three games through next Tuesday all with great meaning.
But in that first game, a rare game against a team lower than the Flyers in the standings, the Flyers proved why they are still in the playoff hunt and not talking Top-5 draft pick. They took a must-win game and grabbed it by the horns.
There haven't been many games where the Flyers were able to play with a comfortable lead. From R.J. Umberger's first goal of the season -- and first in 51 games -- not only set the tone for a big second period, but relaxed the rest of his teammates.