Flyers must replicate effort of Caps game going forward

Flyers must replicate effort of Caps game going forward
February 28, 2013, 12:00 pm
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If the Flyers could score a couple goals every night just four minutes into the first period, they would be well above .500 right now instead of a game under.
 
Slow starts have bothered this club for a couple years now, yet their full 60-minute effort was very evident in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Wednesday night (see story).
 
Continuing that against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday is paramount for this team to keep itself in the top-eight playoff seedings.
 
The Flyers' only letdown came late in the game when they tried to preserve Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout by retreating to a defensive posture.
 
Bryz lost the shutout in the final minutes of play.
 
“Most of the game, we played well until I think the last 10 minutes, we kind of fell on our heels a little bit,” said captain Claude Giroux. “The start of the game was good, we played a solid game, the four lines were rolling, [Ruslan Fedotenko’s] line was really good tonight, they put on a lot of pressure and they kept the puck in their zone and that obviously got the other lines going. I think it was a great team effort.”
 
You’d have to go back to the victory against the Islanders on Long Island on Feb. 18 to find a game where the Flyers led at the start and played with the lead the entire way without losing it.
 
“Yeah it’s great to have that lead right off the bat and keep it,” Giroux said. “We played well first, second period and we were able to get two more goals in the second so I mean it’s great to see Max [Talbot] get that goal, he’s been working hard all year, for him to get it, it’s obviously well deserved.”

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