Flyers shake Leafs, Snap Losing Streak

It was a great matchup tonight against a very well-rounded Toronto team.  It went to the end, but the Philadelphia Flyers (31-16-7) prevailed 4-3. It was a team win tonight.

Brayden Schenn celebrates his goal with teammate Danny Briere.

Scott Hartnell opened the scoring in the first with a fight immediately following. Then, 54 seconds into the second, Tyler Bozak scored his first of two goals on the night, tying the game up at 1. The second period would be busy, with the teams scoring a combined 6 goals.

3 minutes later, Max Talbot redirected a wristshot from Andrej Meszaros to put his team up 2-1. Former Flyer, Joffrey Lupul, would even the score on a Power Play goal, again 3 minutes later on a bouncing redirect.

Claude Giroux scored his 21st of the year to put the Flyers up again, 3-2, as he skated into the middle, received a beautiful pass from Scott Hartnell, and fired the puck past goalie James Reimer. 1:14 later, Brayden Schenn scored his sixth of the season. Bozak would score once more, cutting the lead to 4-3 but it would not be enough as the Flyers held down Toronto in the third period. Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves tonight.

Claude Giroux celebrates the win with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Every line played hard. They hit, scored, and worked the puck in the Leafs’ zone. Rookie Brayden Schenn continues to step up his game. Schenn was a major topic after tonight’s game. He is a player that the Flyers’ need to continue scoring and playing smart. He proved to be the better Schenn in tonights matchup.  His brother, Luke, plays for Toronto. Another rookie, Zac Rinaldo, had 5 hits. The Flyers fired 39 shots, and 27 were blocked. Claude Giroux continues to progress out of his slump. He had five shots and a goal.

The top line, Giroux, Jagr, and Hartnell, cycled the puck very well, and combined for two goals and 2 assists. Scott Hartnell played a perfect game in terms of hockey. He recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick, or a goal, assist, and fight. The goal ends his six-game goal drought. The Flyers gear up for the red-hot Rangers on Saturday, looking to edge closer in the Atlantic Division race. Stay tuned…

Team 1 2 3 T SOG
Flyers 1 3 0 4 39
Leafs 0 3 0 3 27

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