Mar 18, 2014, 11:13 PM EDT
After Chicago took a 2-0 lead a little more than four minutes into Tuesday’s game, it looked like the Blackhawks might be in for an easy win at the expense of former goalie Ray Emery. Instead, it seemed to prove that the 2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers might just work best when their backs are against the wall.
They’ve generated a reputation for third-period comebacks, yet they didn’t wait so long on Tuesday, as Scott Hartnell scored twice to tie things up in the first period. Neither team scored in the second or third, but Claude Giroux found the net in the waning moments of OT to give the Flyers their third win in a row.
Those three wins should really warm the hearts of Flyers fans, too, as they beat their cross-state rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins twice this past weekend and they beat one of the best teams in the NHL tonight. As of this writing, the Penguins have 94 standings points while Chicago is right behind them with 93, so this is the kind of run that could prove inspiring for Philly.
The Flyers began a four-game homestand with this win, and it behooves them to keep this momentum going. Overall, they play six of their next eight games at Wells Fargo Center, giving them a solid chance to cement their spot in the postseason. Even after showing some serious resiliency after an awful start to the season, a bad finish could doom this turnaround.
It won’t be easy, yet this team seems to thrive on challenges, anyway.
- Flyers’ Mason broke his right pinky finger playing ball hockey 11
- Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame 56
- It’s back! PHT’s Team of the Day summer series starts tomorrow 7
- Pens sign Spaling — two years, $4.4 million 13
- Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D 30
- Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension 18
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 46
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 59
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 21
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ (59)
- Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame (58)
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million (46)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (45)