Martin Biron came into the weekend knowing that the next two games he was going to play were back-to-back and both were against division opponents. Also, what makes this sweeter is both opponents were from New York.
The Flyers pounced all over the Islanders on a Valentines day special yesterday with a 5-1 victory. Biron was the number one star of that game stopping 35 shots. Today, the same story with the hated New York Rangers.
The Flyers from the get-go were all over the Rangers offensively and on the defense. From the faceoff, the Rangers knew deep down they were not going to be able to stack up against the Flyers from Philadelphia. Just like Friday's game, Marty Biron stopped another 35 shots to win 5-2.
Flyers captain Mike Richards shorthanded goal started another Philadelphia Flyers' scoring spurt and made for yet another long day for the sliding New York Rangers.
Richards set an NHL record today by scoring his third career three-on-five goal and kicked off a four goal second period that carried the Flyers.
"I didn't know their history on power plays or shorthanded goals," said Richards who now has 20 goals. "Whenever we play, we always try to take advantage of them maybe getting a little bit too relaxed."
Claude Giroux, the Flyers young, up-coming star added a three points (1G, 2A) to his short, yet, impressive NHL career including a goal today, his second in as many days. This kid is fast-approaching a starting role on this squad. Interestingly, Daniel Briere is due back very soon.
Glen Metropolit, Matt Carle, and Mike Knuble also added goals to day as the Flyers added to their season point total which now stands at 69. that gives them sole possession of fourth place on the Eastern Conf. The Flyers are six-points shy of Division leading Devils.
The story heads back towards goaltender Martin Biron, who has been the subject of some trade talks and is in the middle of what the media has called "another Flyers goalie controversy," proved that he wants to be that guy.
"We won two very big ones for us," said Biron, who made 35 saves. "We feel pretty good about the situation we're in."
"They came in our building in the first game of the season and chased me out of the net," Biron added. "That was fresh in my mind."
The Flyers are off until Thurs. when the Buffalo Sabres make their way into the Wachovia Center. Then, the Pennsylvania showdown between the Flyers and the Coach Michael Therrien-less Penguins on Sat.