After half a season of disappointment, the Flyers are finally on the fast track. Whether this resurgence leads to playoff hockey, that remains to be seen.
The Philadelphia Flyers are now riding a four-game winning streak, including two in two nights. Philadelphia triumphed at home against the Canadiens, then took down the Leafs in Toronto.
The Flyers hosted the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, the last game of their homestand. Philadelphia won 5-3, after trailing late in the third period. Erik Gustafsson scored a crucial tying goal in the third period. This was followed by a wining goal from Wayne Simmonds, and an empty net finish by Jak Voracek. The Flyers had taken their third successive win, and traveled to Toronto on a high note.
In Toronto, the Flyers picked up where they left off. After Simon Gagne opened the scoring, however, the Leafs flew back in front. Jak Voracek would also score, and the game was tied at two after the first period. Brayden Schenn and Jay Rosehill put Philly ahead by two, amid controversy over goalie interference. James Reiner protested that he had been pushed, but Rosehill’s goal was upheld. Former Flyer James van-Riemsdyk brought the Leafs within one, but Luke Schenn finished with an empty-netter.
Philadelphia now sits two points out of a playoff spot, even after a season of inconsistency. The Flyers improved to 17-17-3, and will play Winnipeg Saturday, 3:00 PM at the MTS Centre.