Flyers Week in Photos 4/4-4/10

I guess it really shouldn’t be a surprise that the Flyers are much more fun to watch when playing the spoiler role against other playoff eligible teams, but the last few games have been surprisingly fun to watch.

Saturday April 4, 2015: Flyers lose to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Okay the weekend didn’t get off to a great start, but there was nothing for the Flyers to spoil for the Hurricanes. As the trend has been all season, the Flyers struggled to finish off a team far out of playoff contention after destroying the Penguins just a few days before. By the halfway point of the second period, the Flyers were trailing by two, which you just shouldn’t be doing against a team like the 2014-2015 Hurricanes. Over the next period and a half, the Flyers tied the game thanks to a power play goal from Michael Raffl and a late third period goal from Sean Couturier. The game eventually went into a shootout because we’ve already dealt with a whole season of these why not tack on some more? You know how the shootout went, even if you didn’t see it, you can guess.

Sunday April 5, 2015: Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins…again.

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Okay here’s where you can start caring about the games again. With the Penguins in a severe slump and losing to the Blue Jackets the night before, the Flyers had a chance to put the Penguins playoff hopes in serious danger. The game didn’t start well, four minutes in the Penguins scored on their first power play and the Flyers didn’t look like they’d be able to stay with Pittsburgh for the whole game. With a few seconds left in the first period, Jake Voracek netted a power play goal to keep the game tied going into the second period.

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

After that, the Flyers proceeded to steamroll the Penguins, a sight we’re all used to by now. The Flyers scored three more unanswered goals to beat the Penguins 4-1 and endanger their post season.

Tuesday April 7, 2015: The Flyers and the weirdest win you’ve ever seen.

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

This game went from good to great to worrying to hopeless to extremely confusing. The night started off with Claude Giroux scoring two goals in the first period, both assisted by Jake Voracek and Mark Streit. Too many people predicted Giroux would get his first career hat trick and  he was jinxed. In the second period, John Tavares and Pierre-Edouard Bellmare scored to make the game 3-1 in favor of the Flyers. At the top of the third, Carlo Colaiacovo scored to give the Flyers a three goal lead, unfortunately it wouldn’t last. The Islanders scored three times in the final period, with around 30 seconds left in the game the score was tied and most fans were ready for an overtime loss and the Islanders were ready to clinch a playoff spot. Then in the final 2 seconds Brayden Schenn lobbed a shot towards the net where it bounced over Jaroslav Halak’s stick and went in giving the Flyers a 5-4 lead with a second left.

Absolutely ridiculous. Another odd note, there were a hell of a lot of Islanders fans in attendance..

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Scram, this isn’t long island get out of here Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Thursday April 9, 2015: 

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Phtography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Phtography)

At this point we’re hoping for a loss or two because we really want a better draft pick, so not many fans were too invested in the repeat of Saturday’s game. You could tell just by how few seats in the Wells Fargo Center were filled. They started out well, letting the Hurricanes get the first and only goal of the first period. There wouldn’t be another goal until the Hurricanes were given a four minute power play in the third period. With four minutes left in the game, Ray Emery was pulled which resulted in a Sean Couturier goal ruining the Canes shutout.  The Flyers did try desperately to tie the game up, but a last minute empty net goal finished the game off.

A bigger highlight of the night was Vinny Lecavalier’s two fights against Keegan Lowe, who was playing in his first NHL game. Lecavalier didn’t do too well in the first fight and tried to redeem himself by kinda jumping Lowe in the second period.

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