The Flyers Week in Review for April 4. Your source for all things Orange and Black.
Philadelphia Flyers 2015-16 season:
Games – 78/Wins – 39/Losses – 26/OT Losses – 13/Points – 91
At the All-Star break things were looking very bleak for the Flyers. They were not only nine points out of the playoffs but they also had four teams they needed to jump over if they wanted to reach the postseason. Coming into this past week they had overcome both of those obstacles and looked like a team with not only a legitimate chance at making the playoffs, but also a team that might actually do some real damage there.
- MONDAY vs. Winnipeg Jets- WIN (OT) As the final seconds overtime were ticking off and with another dreaded shootout looming, Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux combined to make a play for the ages. Gostisbehere dove to knock the puck away from the Jets’ Mark Scheifele, instantly popped back up to his feet, and shoved the puck to Giroux who was all alone in front of the net. The Captain didn’t miss and the Flyers beat the Jets 3-2. By doing so they remained very much alive in the eighth and final spot in the playoff chase.
- WEDNESDAY vs. Washington Capitals- WIN (SO) The first sixty minutes of this hard-fought physical battle had the look and feel of a playoff preview. In the end, the Flyers prevailed 2-1 by winning the shootout. That’s right- winning the shootout! Brayden Schenn had scored earlier to tie things up in regulation, and Sam Gagner notched the game-winner in the skills competition. Despite the heavy workload, Steve Mason was brilliant once again, and has been nearly flawless since Michal Neuvirth went down.
- SATURDAY vs. Ottawa Senators- WIN For only the second time all season the Flyers scored three times on power plays, including two goals by the red-hot Wayne Simmonds. It was not a strong defensive effort by the Orange and Black, but once again Mason was simply outstanding between the pipes.
- SUNDAY at Pittsburgh Penguins- LOSS Maybe they were just fatigued. After all, this was yet another grueling second game of a back-to-back. Or maybe the Penguins are just a faster team with more skilled players. Whatever the reason, the Flyers looked to be a at least a step behind all game long as the Penguins dominated throughout 6-2.
Cheap Shot of the Week
Caps forward Jason Chimera is out $5,000 (the maximum allowable fine by the NHL) after a nasty (and uncalled for) incident with Shayne Gostisbehere during the Flyers’ 2-1 win Wednesday night.
Both players were skating near the net after a whistle when Chimera used the butt-end of his stick to drill Gostisbehere in the midsection. Somehow the referees all missed it and there was no penalty called, but fortunately some of the television cameras did catch the incident. So if the Flyers end up playing Washington in the first round of the playoffs, don’t be surprised if Chimera has a target on his back.
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Inspiration of the Week
Sadly, for the first time in their 50 year history, Flyers founder and chairman Ed Snider was not present for the team picture taken this week. Mr. Snider was at his home in California, battling illness.
Because of his poor health, Snider has been around the team very little this past season. Not much has been made of this, and rightly so. However, this past week we also learned that one of the key factors motivating the Flyers strong push for the playoffs has been the team’s heartfelt desire thank and honor Ed Snider. And you can bet that nothing would make him feel better right now than his beloved team making the playoffs.
One week to go in the regular season with four huge games left – at Detroit, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and at New York (Islanders). So hang on tight, this promises to be one crazy ride!