With a subpar performance against the Rangers in the books, Dave Hakstol juggled his forward units to probably one of the most optimal combinations he’s used all season. The results took one period to pay off.
The Flyers went down 1-0 early as Nikita Kucherov scored on Michal Neuvirth. It was Neuvirth’s first game back after missing several weeks with an injury. That said, the Flyers outshot the Bolts and controlled play throughout the period. In the second, the possession advantage would pay off.
The second period saw a level of dominance that the Flyers haven’t had all season. Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Michael Raffl and Radko Gudas would all score goals and the Flyers would head into the 2nd intermission up 4-2.
The third period saw the Flyers control pay in a way better than their typical hold the lead shell. Wayne Simmonds caught a Bolt high with a shoulder in a play that could draw a review from the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The Flyers hit the halfway point with a record of 21-15-5, pacing them for 94 points on the season, which should put them yet again on the cusp of playoff position.