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Voracek: Flyers no longer ‘[blank] the bed’

Nov 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center on October 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(October 1, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers started the season with a 1-7-0 stretch and they were 3-9-0 through Nov. 1. They were looking like a disaster story, but instead they’ve climbed to 10-10-2 with a win over the New York Islanders last night.

It was a 5-2 victory, but the Islanders made them sweat for a bit. After Philadelphia scored three goals in just over three minutes, New York fired back with two unanswered goals.

It looked like the momentum had shifted in the Islanders’ favor and perhaps that would have led to a different result just a month ago.

“No one would believe we were at .500 that quickly as we are right now,” Voracek told CSN Philly. “A couple weeks ago, three weeks ago, when we would have been scored on with that second goal and be up 3-2, pardon my language, we would [blank] the bed.”

Voracek, who is one of the many Flyers forwards that struggled early in the season, set up Brayden Schenn‘s goal at 12:21 of the third period to give the team some much needed breathing room. Matt Read eventually finished things off with an empty netter.

Philadelphia still wouldn’t make the playoffs if the season ended today, but they’ve given Flyers fans something to be excited about again.

  1. handsofsweed - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Well, it had to have been either Frank or Charlie. Another game of Nightcrawlers goes bad again.

  2. ibieiniid - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I’m always for some Always Sunny refs, but that one doesn’t make any sense.

  3. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    From about to trade EVERYONE to .500….Nice turn around.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Kinda nice if Jake could chip in a few goals to keep this thing going….but hey 500… steps

  5. crazemastercraze - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Give em the cup now!!!!!!

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Kinda like what you pens fans were saying last year before the playoffs even begun. We all know how that turned out for ya’s.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Don’t forget the year before that as well.

      • cheesesteak75 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        It wasn’t the best situation for Pens fans for sure, but at least we could watch our team in the playoffs. 500 in the regular season…enjoy. 1975.

  6. blackheart78 - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

  7. President Charles Logan - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    much as i like to rip on teams that are losing , i cant really say much right now bout the flyers . they are doing what needs to be done , period. we all know the pens are a better team on paper and yeah in most aspects, but that doesnt always bode well when it counts .. keep that in mind pittsburgh fans.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    10-10-2 doesn’t count as .500 you still have two more loses in overtime

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Typically no it doesn’t…..But the NHL does not list the OL/SO as a loss….But they will be .500 in a few days!….In fact im going to predict they take the Division!

      • drone501 - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        in your dreams dude.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        In this division it’s entirely possible!

    • cmpuck - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      22 points outta 44 is technically .500

  9. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    One tempering thought – who they’ve been playing. Sagarin the sports stat geek ranks them 30 in terms of strength of schedule. Their record against top 16 teams is 2-6.

    So while their % of possible points is 10 in the east, when you adjust for strength of schedule, they are probably 13th in the EC. They have a ways to go to even contend for a playoff spot in the weak EC. WC has 78 of the top 8 teams, while the EC has 6 of the worst 8.

    Reality check time.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      obvious typo – meant WC has 7 of top 8

    • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Never before on an NHL site have I heard so much about the “level of competition”, until this Flyers turn around… ppl this isn’t the NBA where there are only 3 or 4 legitimate contenders. And if you wanna talk level of competition, was the schedule just so much more difficult when they started out 4-10 or w/e?? The answer is no. There’s so much parity in the NHL nowadays that any team can win on any given night.

      This turnaround is about the Flyers play, not who they’re playing. It’s about the fact that for the first month of the season the team couldn’t score 2 goals in a game; during their current points streak they’re averaging almost 4 per. It’s about the implementation of a new defensively responsible system finally taking shape. The Flyers have 4 lines rolling, 3 consistent pairs of defenders, and a stellar netminder (plus Emery turning it around)… so enough with this “oh look at who they’re playing”, and start looking at how they’re playing. And how much different it is than from the start. And if it’s all about the opponent then aren’t the good teams supposed to beat up the bad? Cuz I’m pretty sure the Flyers have outscored their opposition something like 27-11 over their last 7 games.

  10. crazemastercraze - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Not a pens fan, furthest thing from it. But I would expect that assumption from someone who comes from a town who’s average annual income is $30k or less

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      So income makes the difference between Intelligent and unintelligent?……Funny i learned Einstein grew up as a poor kid….Same with Edison!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        he’s a derek. queued this up at the right spot.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        actually, the time part didn’t work. “I have the opposite of a problem. I made over 550k last year.”

  11. ericcoyle15 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Nothing elevates a teams play more then a rumor of being traded to edmonton

  12. mclovinhockey - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Wait, what is the east vs west record? I honestly don’t know, all I know is I have been depending on west teams to beat eastern teams recently to help Philly and none of them seem to be doing the job. Let’s not forget, the east has 2 more teams this year, they took the most consistent team in the west and a team that was growing pretty fast. Right now I feel like the east has more wins against the west and that the depth in the east is the reason the east has less points.

  13. mclovinhockey - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    And now that I looked up the stats! I can confirm….. I am completely wrong… Wow the east does suck /:

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