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Fightin For Philly:
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A team known for third period comebacks, is also the same team who knows how to come back from bad losses. After suffering a 7-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, the Flyers rebounded with a hard fought 4-2 win against the New York Rangers.
The Flyers are now 4-0-1 in games after losing by four or more goals in the previous game, showing this team can come back in the third period of games as well as after big losses. ‘We’re a resilient bunch, but we should never give up that many goals to begin with,’ Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. ‘We talked about things after that. We started from scratch and do simple things right, and it results in wins.’
Simmonds scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the second period. He skated the puck out from behind the net to the left circle, where he spun and snapped a wrist shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Simmonds is now tied with Claude Giroux for the team lead with 19 goals.
‘He’s one of the best in the league, and we tried to shoot from every angle,” said Simmonds of Lundqvist, He plays deep in his net. I was looking for Jake Voracek back door and no one even came to me, so I thought I would just shoot it as hard as I can and if worse came to worse, there’s a rebound to Jake back door. Luckily, it went in.’
‘I read a high shot and he went five-hole,’ Lundqvist said, ‘’I thought I was patient on the shot; he just beat me.’
Much like the game Thursday the Flyers got off to a good early start. Scott Hartnell took two penalties in the first five minutes of the game. The penalty-killing unit did a great job of killing those penalties and turning it into momentum. ‘Those were tough to kill but we built momentum off that,’ Flyers forward Sean Couturier said. ‘That first period was a big period for us. Since the start of the year, our special teams have been pretty good and can make the difference down the road.’
The Flyers turned the momentum into two quick goals, one by Vincent Lecavalier and the other by Couturier. Lecavalier scored first when his shot towards the net was deflected in by a Rangers defender. Just over a minute later Couturier took a breakaway pass from Matt Read and scored to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
The Rangers rallied in the second period to tie the score at two on goals by Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard, before Simmonds scored the game winner.
Luke Schenn provided the Flyers the insurance they needed when he scored with just less than 4 minutes left in the game to stretch the lead to 4-2. Flyers goalie Steve Mason would need to come up with one more key save on a shot by Derek Stepan late in the game.
‘Original shot came from the point and they’re not coming in hard,’ Mason said. ‘Hard to control rebounds when it’s at a slower speed and sticks impede your vision. The puck landed right on Stepan’s stick and I was able to get my left pad on it. It was a reactive save.’
Philadelphia continues this crucial set of game when they begin a home and home series with the Washington Capitals this afternoon at 12:30 pm. The teams will meet again at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. The Flyers currently lead the Capitals by one point in the standings for the 3rd and final playoff spot.
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