Game 1: Flyers vs Bruins- The Flyers were back, and their first opponent was the big bad Boston Bruins, who were highly regarded as the best team in the Eastern Conference, if not the best in the league. This game though, started out scoreless through one period of play. But, the action picked up in the second frame.
The Flyers started period 2 even with the best team in the Eastern Conference. Any other team would be content with that. But, Alain Vigneault smelled blood in the water. His team would go on to score 2 goals in a little under 4 minutes. Michael Raffl started out the scoring rampage by taking a pass in the slot, moving to his backhand and lofting it past the Bruins goalie, Jaroslav Halak, to give the Flyers the opening goal of Round Robin play. Nate Thompson put the Flyers ahead 2-0 after he ripped a beautiful shot past Halak to extend the Flyers lead. Chris Wagner of the Bruins scored on a fluky goal near the end of the period to make it 2-1. However, 7 seconds later, the Flyers responded with a goal courtesy of a top shelf snipe from Phillipe Myers. The Flyers tacked on another goal from Scott Laughton in the third to finish off the Bruins and win, 4-1.
Game 2: Flyers vs Capitals-The Flyers just couldn't be stopped. The Flyers, led by their second line of Kevin Hayes, Travis Konecny, and Scott Laughton beat up on the Capitals by a score of 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.
The Flyers had multiple chances on the power play in the first period, yet they could not convert. But, at the 13:03 mark in the first period, Scott Laughton received a beautiful no-look pass to the slot from Kevin Hayes and punched it in with the forehand to give the Flyers a 1-0 cushion. By the time the horn sounded, the Flyers held their one goal lead going into the break.
In the second, the Flyers continued to dominate, and they were rewarded. On a 4 on 4, Kevin Hayes made a sweet pass to Tavis Sanheim, who moved from forehand to backhand in front of the crease and put it top shelf past Brayden Holtby. With that, the Flyers took a 2-0 lead. The Flyers took that lead into the 2nd intermission.
The Flyers and Caps scored a goal apiece in the 3rd period, and with that, the final score ended up being 3-1, in favor of the Flyers. This win set up a matchup with the Lightning that would decide the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
Game 3: Flyers vs Lightning- The Flyers and the Lightning had a lot to play for when they took the ice for the 3rd and final game of the round robin. The Lightning started out hot. They had two breakaway chances, one of which consisted of Nikita Kucherov hitting the top iron and popping out, keeping the game tied. But, the Flyers stayed patient, and as a result, they kept the Bolts in check and even got a goal on the other end. Shayne Gostisbehere ripped one from the point that was deflected by Philly’s Nicolas Aube-Kubel in front and the Flyers took a 1-0 lead. The Flyers put another goal on the board after Sean Couterier slid a beautiful saucer pass to Aube Kubel who made no mistake putting it top shelf over Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Flyers continued the onslaught in the second period, but it came to a halt when Tyler Johnson connected on a one timer from the slot to bring the Lightning within one. But, the Flyers responded, with Joel Farabee blistering a one timer past Vasilevskiy to give to the Flyers a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission. The Flyers were defensive-minded in the third period, staying back and holding on for dear life while the Lightning were peppering Carter Hart. But, Hart stood strong, and Tyler Pitlick got the empty-netter to complete the scoring and send the Flyers to the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs with a #1 seed.
What's Next: The Flyers will play the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. The series starts on Wednesday at 8:00 EST. The Canadiens are coming off of a qualifying round series win against the Penguins. Unlike the qualifying round, this series will be a 7 game series.