Michael DeNicola



Every Flyers fan knows that our squad has the capability of showing up and having a strong game. No one expected the Flyers to hit the ice Sunday with much momentum or chemistry given that they have lost the past 8 out of ten games prior. Yet they defeated their division rivals, New Jersey Devils, 5 - 1.

Flyers goalie, Brian Boucher, made me eat my words with an outstanding performance. The Flyers latest acquired winger, Ville Leino, seemed to bloom and sink high hopes in the hearts of millions of Flyers fans with a pretty goal assisted by Danny Briere inside Brodeur's crease later in the 1st period.

Other Flyers such as Simon Gagne, Kimmo Timonen, Lukas Krajicek, and Matt Carle all put pucks in the net. This is so surprising considering it's been difficult for the Flyers to light up the scoreboard recently. They were a completely different team on Sunday than the one who got crushed by the Pittsburgh Penguins just a little over 24 hours earlier.

The PK unit stepped it up as well with Chris Pronger and Ian Laperierre laying their bodies on the line and blocking one timers, wrist shots and slap shots. As we all know, Lappy's face and mouth paid for it earlier in the season when he took a slap shot to the face, resulting in over 100 stitches and seven more lost teeth. This never seemed to fase him Sunday since he sprawled in front of Ilya Kovalchuk's bullets a handful of times like some barbaric viking wishing to die in battle!

The whole team came together as one, and I hope to God they can manage to hold onto this momentum going into the six remaining regular season games.


The Philadelphia Flyers take on another division rival, the New York Islanders, on Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00pm in New York.