*Image courtesy of Elise Amendola, AP Photo
This game has been hyped and speculated about since even rumors started about a possible match-up on New Years Day for these two teams. Two old-time hockey teams facing off in a memorable sports event. The Flyers came in on a four game winning streak and played like the team who was coming out of a funk.
Despite losing the game in heart breaking fashion, the Flyers came away with a decently-played game and one point; bringing them within 2 points of the Rangers who currently hold the 8th seed even though the Flyers hold a game in hand.
Danny Syvret got his first NHL goal which adds to how memorable a day like the Winter Classic can be to these players. The Flyers carried the play for much of the game and were able to get some great shifts and shots at Thomas who played like the goalie who got a bid to Team USA this year. In the overtime period there was almost a sense the Flyers were about to win with some of their great chances, including one series of plays that saw Richards and Briere almost knock one in a few times if it weren’t for Thomas and a fanned shot by Briere. Even Dan Carcillo got into the history books now when he participated in the first ever Winter Classic fight and wound up winning it which got the crowd ready to go. All in all a good day for Flyers hockey that had everything but a win.
I’m not going to lie, it sucks they lost and it kind of soured my already “sucky” day, but it was nice to see the Flyers play as well as they did knowing that they probably were not ready for this game a week or two ago. Also, there seemed to be a good amount of orange and black there, and hearing “Let’s Go Flyers!” chants over the TV broadcast brought a smile to my face during the game.
They get back to work tomorrow when they end their 6 game road trip in Ottawa. They currently are 4-0-1 during this stint, and coming back home with 11 out of a possible 12 points on your trip is a great way to ring in the New Year and play some good hockey before the Olympic break (Richards, Pronger, Bartulis, Timmonen, Tollefsen… possibly Gagne or Carter if someone got hurt).