The Philadelphia Flyers won’t leave this weekend with many style points after squeaking by their shaky division rivals from New Jersey and Long Island, but all that really matters is that they took away four points from those two games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are still technically ahead of them in the Atlantic Division because they own a wins tie-breaker, but the Flyers have to be happy to be at the 38 point mark at this moment in the season.
Philadelphia 3, NY Islanders 2
Matt Carle began the game’s scoring in the first period, then the fireworks began after a scoreless second. P.A. Parentau and Frans Nielsen scored two goals 36 seconds apart to give the Islanders a surprising lead five minutes into the third, but Andreas Nodl tied it up and Daniel Briere scored the game winner.
Sergei Bobrovsky earned back-to-back wins in the Philly net, with this afternoon’s performance being the better of the two. He stopped 28 out of 30 shots to push the Flyers past the Islanders and Dwayne Roloson, who allowed three goals on 27 shots.
After only taking four shots in the first, the Islanders put up a valiant effort in the next two frames by putting up 26 shots.
The Flyers got the job done while the Islanders left the game with that familiar empty feeling.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.