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Cheers, jeers and what shouldn't be lost for Flyers fans in the Brad Marchand shootout madness

Cheers, jeers and what shouldn't be lost for Flyers fans in the Brad Marchand shootout madness

As Brad Marchand skated past the puck and circled back, the realization quickly settled in for the Flyers and their fans anticipating a big save from Carter Hart.

They didn’t need one. Not even close.

With the puck still at center ice, lonely and hardly moved, the Wells Fargo Center was as loud as it has been all season.

Flyers fans raucously cheered the crazy comeback and, more enjoyably, jeered the Bruins’ big-name forward to toast the 6-5 shootout victory over the Bruins (see observations).

After Travis Konecny beat Jaroslav Halak for the shootout advantage in the fifth round, Marchand stunned the 19,246 fans in attendance when he overskated the puck on his attempt to cap off the Flyers’ win (see highlights).

“I was trying to get going and I just missed it,” Marchand said.

A moment like that, featuring a polarizing and accomplished player like Marchand, in a game between rivals like Philly and Boston, will not be forgotten.

Well, at least not for Flyers fans.

What shouldn’t be lost in the hoopla at the finish is the magnitude of this win at this juncture of the season. The Flyers are in the midst of a daunting four-game stretch just past the halfway mark of the schedule, with their NHL-mandated Jan. 22-30 bye week almost here and the Feb. 24 trade deadline on the horizon.

The stretch has put the Flyers up against four of the NHL’s top teams in the Capitals, Lightning, Bruins and Blues.

The team is in a soul-searching phase as the head coach and general manager evaluate what the Flyers might need as the playoff race heightens. The Flyers have depth concerns at forward and adding some scoring punch or experience anywhere within the lineup could bolster the team’s postseason chances.

Facing the league’s best is an ideal barometer for evaluation.

“It is something that we have been looking at, there’s no doubt that it’s evident by the number of people that we’ve tried in that bottom six, in that role,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said after Monday’s morning skate. “At the end of the day, that’s one area, but in the big picture, I look at our last game, I really liked our compete level, I really liked our defensive part of the game. We didn’t give a highly skilled team a lot of chances but we need a couple of guys to come up big and get some points for us.

“[Depth is] an area that we’re looking to improve but we need our big boys to come up big for us.”

In their four-game test, the Flyers are 2-1-0 with wins over the Capitals and Bruins, and a loss to the Lightning. They’ve scored eight goals and have allowed eight.

They face the defending champion Blues Wednesday night in St. Louis.

"You’ve got Washington, then you’ve got Tampa and tonight you’ve got Boston,” Vigneault said. “You knew they were going to be three tough games, we had to take those games one at a time, which we did. 

“I liked our game in all three of them, they were all different. The Washington game, coming back home and having to play that night, that was out of the ordinary. Tampa was a tight-checking game from both teams and they got a bounce on their goal. Tonight it was just a little bit more wide open. 

“They’re three different games where I think everybody enjoyed it and now we’ve got to go to St. Louis and find a way to win that road game.”

And continue to find out more about themselves.

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Bring on the nostalgia as Flyers 80s night takes you back in time

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Bring on the nostalgia as Flyers 80s night takes you back in time

Couldn't make it out to 80s night at the Wells Fargo Center? Fret not. The wonderful existence of social media will allow you to feel the nostalgia of the decade.

Or at least what it would have been like ... since I was born in '97.

The Flyers hosted the Kings Saturday night and pulled out a 4-1 victory (see observations). Aside from the exciting performance from the orange and black on the ice, what the Flyers were able to put together off the ice made for a perfect event … if you liked the 80s, teased hair, neon colors and parachute pants, of course.

To kick things off, the Flyers and their in-arena host Andrea Helfrich released videos leading up to puck drop with some of the biggest hits and games of the decade.

While Justin Braun didn't seem too thrilled with the game choices, Michael Raffl was having a field day.

We even got to hear Jakub Voracek and Kevin Hayes jam out to two iconic songs and has us wondering if there are any other videos of the team singing and if so, send them our way.

Side note — is anyone else jealous of Hayes' vocal range?

Of course, one of the most exciting parts of a theme night has to be the attire ... and everyone was joining in on the fun.


And c'mon. Gritty dressed as Mr. T? I pity the fools who don't like this kind of content.


The Flyers outdid themselves with the graphics tonight, too. From the in-arena content, to social media — it certainly made everyone wish that every night could be 80's night.

 

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Travis Konecny, James van Riemsdyk click as Flyers deliver much-needed response with win over Kings

Travis Konecny, James van Riemsdyk click as Flyers deliver much-needed response with win over Kings

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That’s more like it.

Head coach Alain Vigneault challenged his team to play on its terms and the Flyers responded with a 4-1 win Saturday night over the Kings at the Wells Fargo Center, just two days after a sloppy 4-1 home loss to the Canadiens.

The Flyers (26-17-6) have earned at least a point in 20 of 24 home games (16-4-4).

With the victory, the Flyers are two points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division and hold the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot.

The Kings (18-27-5) have lost seven of their last eight games since beating the Flyers, 5-3, on New Year’s Eve.

• Vigneault was not happy with the letdown against Montreal on home ice after such a positive stretch in which the Flyers took down the NHL’s three best teams.

“We’ve got to execute, we’ve got to compete,” Vigneault said Saturday after morning skate. “We’re at our best when we’re on top of people, we’re taking people out of the equation.”

For the most part, the Flyers took the Kings out of the equation, a team that put up four first-period goals on the orange and black in the previous meeting.

• Vigneault put Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk on a line with Claude Giroux down the middle.

Konecny and van Riemsdyk instantly clicked. JVR found Konecny twice as the duo handed the Flyers a 2-0 lead (see highlights).

Konecny is eight goals and eight points away from setting new career highs in both categories, while the Flyers are 8-0-0 this season when the 22-year-old records a multi-point game.

Meanwhile, van Riemsdyk tacked on the Flyers’ fourth goal to give him a three-point game. The big winger has five points (one goal, four assists) in his last four games.

The Flyers go to a different level when he produces — 15-3-0 in games that he registers at least one point.

Giroux was sharp, as well, with two assists after he had scored just one point in his previous five games.

A good call by Vigneault.

• Brian Elliott received a rare home start with Carter Hart out (right lower abdominal strain) two to three weeks.

The 34-year-old goalie was reliable once again with 34 saves after knocking off the defending champion Blues with 30 saves Wednesday.

The Flyers will need him next Tuesday against the Penguins.

• Joel Farabee has two goals in the last two games after scoring two goals in his previous 30 games.

The 19-year-old climbed to the Flyers with a goal-scoring prowess and could be a crucial secondary option to the team down the stretch.

Expect his role to grow (see story).

• Justin Braun and Robert Hagg were solid as a new defensive pair.

• Nolan Patrick on Saturday got in more work with skills coach Angelo Ricci.

Patrick, who is recovering from a migraine disorder, has not been cleared for contact and there is no timetable for his return. Patrick and the Flyers have said the expectation is for the 21-year-old center to play this season.

“He’s been skating harder,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday. “Getting his heart rate up higher, I think he’s feeling a bit better. Again, it’s hard to predict. Once we have certain information, if he’s cleared for contact or anything like that, we will obviously let you guys know right away. I can just tell you from the on- and off-ice workouts he’s doing, he is progressing. But there certainly isn’t any clear path as to which way this will go.

“We still think he has a real good future ahead of him and speaking with a lot of the medical people that have dealt with him, they all anticipate him coming back and so that's why I'm optimistic he will, but I just can't give you a timeframe.”

• The Flyers host the Penguins Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN) before going on their NHL-mandated Jan. 22-30 bye week.

Konecny will represent the Flyers at the NHL All-Star festivities Jan. 24-25 in St. Louis (see story).

 

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