With the hopes of the playoff slipping away and less than 24 hours until the trade deadline, the Flyers hosted the Colorado Avalanche in Philadelphia.
Given the Avalanche’s status as the worst team of the cap era, it wasn’t a shock to see the Flyers jump ahead early. Just 4:04 into the game, with Claude Giroux in the box for slashing, Wayne Simmonds buried a feed from Andrew MacDonald to put the Flyers up 1-0. Wayne would strike again at the 8:07 mark tipping in a Shayne Gostishere shot to make it 2-0. At 10:35 hats rained down as it appeared Simmonds tipped in a feed from Jake Voracek, but that was not the case, Voracek had scored his own goal, to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead.
Sean Couturier and Gabriel Landeskog dripped the mitts a few minutes later as the Avalanche captain tried to inject some energy into the game for the Avalanche, but it was not to be.
Jordan Weal scored his first career NHL goal on a deflection in the second period. The Avalanche challenged a borderline offsides call to no avail as the Flyers increased the lead to 4-0.
The Avalanche best scoring chance came as Mikko Rantanen was awarded a Penalty Shot but Steve Mason stopped it, and all 26 shots he faced for the shutout.
The Flyers were unable to get Wayne his hat trick, and Michael Raffl left the game late in the second period and didn’t return. The Flyers stated he has a lower body injury and will be evaluated tomorrow.
Matt’s Three Stars:
1: Wayne Simmonds 2G
2: Steve Mason 26 save shutout
3: Jordan Weal: First Career NHL goal.
Official 3 stars: