Tyler J. Altemose
Slump? What slump?
The Philadelphia Flyers once again proved their resilience tonight with a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. The win prevented the Flyers from entering a 2-game losing streak.
All of this, of course, was thanks to the heroics of Finnish forward Ville Leino.
Head coach Peter Laviolette decided to go with the same lineup as Tuesday night in Tampa Bay. He also opted to do something that he rarely does--go with a goaltender after they had a poor performance in the previous game. Sergei Bobrovsky got the nod against fellow rookie sensation Anders Lindback.
The Flyers fell into the same trap the Predators have been laying all season long: playing a slow, boring, low-scoring game.
The Nashville Predators are a virtual unknown in Flyerland. With the Preds being a small market team and only playing the Flyers occasionally, it was no surprise that the Orange and Black fell into their trap. Even more frustrating was Nashville's ability to respond whenever the Flyers scored.
Jeff Carter drew first blood for the Flyers halfway into the first period with a wrister past Lindback. Unfortunately, the Preds responded just 59 seconds later when Marcel Goc picked up a rebound given up by Bobrovsky to tie the game at one goal apiece.
After a scoreless second period, the Flyers once again took the lead off of a goal by Ville Leino from behind the net. However, Nashville was able to respond. Just a few minutes later, Joel Ward tied the game after getting a Shea Weber rebound past Bobrovsky.
Fortunately for Philly, the Finnish hero would have the last word. With about three minutes to go in the game he managed to pull off a backhand "spin-o-rama" goal past Lindback.
The Flyers held onto the 3-2 lead to secure the win, bringing them to 73 points and separating them from the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Blair Betts--who has been in a scoring drought this season--had a notably strong performance tonight, including three near-goals. Kimmo Timonen also had a strong game and did well to pinch the puck in the offensive zone throughout the night to give the Flyers more opportunities.
The last time the Flyers lost two in a row was December 20th and 28th, during their road trip out west.
The Flyers take on the Dallas Stars at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday evening at 7:00.
More to come...