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Seasons, even shortened ones, are marked by signature moments. Some are good and some are bad.
The Flyers already seem to have a few bad signature moments this season (a lackluster 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in late January, a pedestrian loss to reeling Washington in early February and a hapless 5-2 setback to Toronto kick off the team's critical road swing).
But Philly earned a positive signature moment Wednesday with a 6-5 triumph in a measuring-stick game with their arch rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In that tilt, the Flyers overcame a first-period two-goal deficit then coughed up several two-goal leads of their own (including two in the third period), only to surrender the game-tying tally with 2:03 left in regulation before notching the eventual game-winner just 32 seconds later.
It wasn't pretty by any means but a win is a win.
Bryzgalov, Philadelphia's best player to date, wasn't at the top of his game, but good teams should be able to overcome a down night from their goaltender—and the Flyers did just that.
Voracek notched the second Philly hat trick of the season. Giroux chipped in a pair of assists. The Flyers' power play came up with a big goal at a big time, and despite two power-play goals against, the team's penalty kill still successfully defended five out of seven man-down scenarios to the uber-talented Penguins.
Wins like that prove this team is headed in the right direction. It was an incredibly successful end to a road trip that saw this team get better each and every night. The question remains, however, as to whether it will continue or not.