The consensus was clear Wednesday night. Despite a grueling six-game roadtrip, the Flyers were happy to play Thursday. They needed to get the bad taste out of their mouths after a blowout loss to Chicago. With the Montreal Canadiens waiting for the Flyers in Philadelphia, the taste was much sweeter. The Flyers buckled down with a complete effort and edged the Habs 2-1. Often times the first home game after a long roadtrip doesn’t go well, but the Flyers had their legs from the start with a few lineup changes providing motivation. Scott Hartnell was taken off the first line in lieu of Michael Raffl, who scored his first NHL goal in Ottawa Monday night. Hartnell’s replacement lit the lamp at 13:57 of the first period and was the benefactor of a great pass from Jake Voracek. “(Claude Giroux) did really good work after the last faceoff,” Raffl said. “He got the puck to Jake behind the net and he's so strong one against one. I was just trying to get open in the slot and he hit me perfect. It was a pretty nice goal, I guess.” Raffl had a whole lot of net to shoot at and went upstairs on Carey Price, who made 25 saves in a losing effort. The Flyers carried a 1-0 lead for the fourth straight game, but that hadn’t meant much recently. They also scored first in a 7-2 drubbing from Chicago a night before. The real test for them was the middle stanza. It was a mental thing. “If you playing properly and in position and doing what you’re supposed to be doing,” coach Craig Berube said before the game, “I think you’re fine.” It appeared as though it was a big focus for the Flyers, because they dug deep and had a good effort. Where frustration penalties were Wednesday night, the Flyers attacked Thursday night. They had nine shots in the second period, as they did the first, and found the back of the net again.
Flyers get home cooking with win over Montreal
Courier-Post | Dec 13