The Philadelphia Flyers have a great future ahead of them. This is a team that can go all the way and win the Stanley Cup if it maintains its focus and intent.
Sixteen games into the season, things weren't looking so good for the Flyers. There were games that could have been won, but the tides weren't turning their way, despite their efforts. They didn't get the lucky bounces, and they struggled to score. This seemed to have a lasting effect on the team's motivation.
Adding to the frustration, the Flyers were hampered by injuries to key players Andrej Meszaros and Scott Hartnell.
But after losing two straight games to the New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadians, respectively, Flyers captain Claude Giroux called out his teammates for their lack of spark and flat performance on the ice.
Presumably, he told them that they are capable of achieving so much more, and that he alone cannot carry the team. Whatever it was that he said, it worked.
Starting Monday on the road against the New York Islanders, the sleeping giants awoke, and the result was a 7-0 romp.
It turned out to be a great game. After a 2-0 deficit early in the first period, it was anyone's guess whether the Flyers would be able to come back.
But they did come back in spectacular fashion to defeat the Penguins on their home ice in a 6-5 thriller to show that they still have what it takes to beat any team in the league.
The Flyers are one of the top four teams in the NHL. They have a roster filled with skill and ability in all positions. The majority of general managers in the league would love to have such a team suiting up in their buildings.
Here are five reasons this team is Stanley Cup-worthy: