Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Rare Road Win, Playoff Chances

Tonight in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Flyers have won a road game, their first since March 7th in Buffalo and their fifth road win in their last 23 games away from the Wells Fargo Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers looked lost early, starting off a goal down as Steve Mason misplayed the puck, leading to a Zack Parise goal, just 2:07 into the hockey game.

The Flyers’ third line of Couturier, Schenn and Weise got the Flyers on the scoreboard as Couturier added his 12th of the season with 2:00 minutes remaining in the first period. Since the arrival of Valterri Filppula and head coach Dave Hakstol putting this threesome together, they’ve been the Flyers’ best line.

The Flyers’ start to the second went to plan as Matt Read, who played college hockey in Minnesota, gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead, 21 seconds into the second frame.

“I was lucky to be right there and their D-man stopped and I just swung at it,” said Read, who lives in Minneapolis in the offseason. Sam Carchidi (Philly.com) 

The Flyers didn’t look back following their 2-1 lead, shutting down a pair of Minnesota power plays. Philadelphia had 8 shots in the first 15 minutes of the third while shutting down Minnesota, allowing just 2 shots against and winning the shot battle 27-25 on the night.

Jake Voracek put the game on ice, scoring an empty-netter with 45 seconds left.

Following tonight’s win, the Flyers now sit six points back of a postseason berth with nine games left in their season and four teams in the way. With tonight’s win, the Flyers have given themselves a slight chance of making the playoffs this year.