Lost in the depths of championship weekend of the NFL was the most entertaining Philadelphia Flyers game that you will probably see all season. The recipe was there for a type of game like this, the Bruins humiliated the Flyers 6-0 in Philly the last time these two teams met on December 17th. Before that contest, the Flyers spoiled the Bruins championship banner celebration on opening night in with a 2-1 victory. This was the rubber match between two Eastern Conference powerhouses that after 10 combined goals needed a shootout to determine a winner.
Before I get to my thoughts on this game I wanted to mention something that came to mind after the Bruins skated off with a 6-5 victory.
Two seasons ago the Blackhawks came to town in what was the most entertaining game of the 09-10 Flyers season. In was the game that featured zero goals through two periods, even though there were numerous chances for both teams. Well the third period made up for the lack of scoring, as five total goals were scored including a Hartnell goal with 2:03 left to tie the game at two and then Chris Pronger slammed home a one timer from Giroux with 2.1 seconds left to set the then Wachovia Center into a frenzy.
That game foreshadowed one of the most watched and entertaining Stanley Cup Finals in recent history. The Bruins-Flyers game from yesterday very well may have been the preview for what will be one of the most entertaining Eastern Conference Finals ever.
Early on it appeared that this game was going to be a direct replica of the earlier meeting in Philly. The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game with a Patrice Bergeron goal. Obviously this wasn’t the start that the Flyers wanted to have, but perhaps it was what they needed to set the fire off.
Tom Sestito a call up from the Phantoms said he was going to make an impact and it only took a minute and 24 seconds for him to drop the gloves with Milan Lucic, turns out that fight is exactly the energy that not only the team, but the Wells Fargo Center needed. Under a minute later Max Talbot collected his 11th goal of the season and after five scoreless periods against Tim Thomas the Flyers were back in business.
That Sestito fight would just be a prelude of the physicality to come.