Philadelphia Flyers Get Back on Track Against Edmonton Oilers

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIMarch 8, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 08:  Blair Betts #11 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his empty net goal against the Edmonton Oilers late in the third period of an NHL hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center on March 8, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Flyers won 4-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Sure, it was just one game, but the Flyers came out against Edmonton with speed, passion and desire. Though they didn’t keep up the pace as the game progressed, the Flyers played well in front of their own net and got rid of some nasty rebounds; that’s without mention of Sergei Bobrovsky’s outstanding night.

The first period was an inspiring one for the Flyers. They almost blanked the Oilers in shots, holding them to just one. Jeff Carter was Johnny on the spot and netted two goals in his first game back in about a week.

The second period was very dry. The Flyers weren’t pressing much and they were just sitting back.

After the second intermission, the Oilers really came out firing. If Bobrovsky didn’t play as well as he did, the Flyers could’ve easily been toast. Not only were the Oilers getting shots on net, but also they were getting quality shots.

As a little side note here, I just want to say that the pass from Matt Carle to Danny Briere, which set up his goal, was amazing.

From now until Thursday, analysts and fans alike will be questioning whether the Flyers are back to their winning ways. Sure, the Oilers stink, but this game was very important and the Flyers took care of business. They looked re-energized and they didn’t hesitate to shoot on the net…except on the power play.

Peter Laviolette gave the team an off day this past Monday so that the players can rest. It looks like it worked, but be warned.

Conditioning hurts now, but will pay DIVIDENDS during the playoffs. Less conditioned teams will be gasping while the Flyers are pounding pucks on the net.