Hockey is a cold-weather sport, but some wintery conditions are too much even for a hockey game to go on as scheduled.
As such, the Flyers' scheduled 7 p.m. game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center has been postponed. The game has been rescheduled for 6 p.m on Wednesday and will be televised on TCN. Tickets issued for tonight's game will be honored on Wednesday.
With the rescheduling, the Flyers now play a back-to-back as they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The decision to postpone the game was made shortly after Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter declared a snow emergency effective 4 p.m. Tuesday. The city and surrounding regions are expected to see snow accumulation totals as high as 16". Though the Broad Street Line will remain open through the night and will run trains regularly, travel is considered dangerous and residents of the area have been encouraged to stay off the roads.
This is the second time the Hurricanes have had a game postponed this season because of dangerous weather. On Jan. 7, their game in Buffalo against the Sabres was pushed to a future date because of hazardous conditions.
Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere took a shot off his right hand in the second period Saturday and has a bone bruise.
The Flyers will watch it because sometimes the swelling prevents wearing a glove comfortably the next day.
Ghost, who has five points – all assists – over his past six games, was hit with a puck in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Stars. He went to the bench and tried to shake it off, but left for the dressing room shortly after a Flyers power play began in the period’s final three minutes.
He participated for part of the power play, then left the ice and did not return until the start of the third period.
“It was good by then,” he said. “Obviously, it hurt a bit.”
The Flyers play in Detroit on Sunday night.
Ghost has 16 points (four goals) in 29 games this season. X-rays were negative, he said, adding he was not worried about the hand, which was badly swollen after the game.
A power play hat trick.
Now that is truly something you don’t see every day in hockey.
Brayden Schenn is one of the very few Flyers to ever do it.
“Third [goal] was a lucky play where he [Jakub Voracek] broke a stick,” Schenn said. “Right place at the right time.”
Schenn’s diving third goal at 17:45 gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead and insured their eight-game win streak Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.
Only four other Flyers have had power play hat tricks in franchise history:
• Tim Kerr vs. Los Angeles, November 3, 1985
• Tim Kerr vs. Chicago, November 20, 1986
• Brian Propp at Minnesota, October 13, 1988
• Scott Hartnell at NY Islanders, January 19, 2008
Schenn pretty much doubled his offense in one game given he had just four goals coming in, and just one over his previous 13 games.
Think that’s something?
Voracek had his second consecutive four-point game (empty net goal, three assists). The last Flyer to do that was Eric Lindros on Dec. 31, 1997 and Jan. 3, 1998.
Voracek has piled up 15 points during this Flyers streak. He’s got the blazing hot stick on this club right now.
“I don’t think I have necessarily changed my game,” Voracek said. “If I went without a point a couple weeks back, I’m not playing any different now. When you stick with it, work hard, the points eventually are gonna come.”
In this one, the Flyers changed up their power play moving Voracek into the right slot and having Schenn closer to the net on the opposite side.
“Sometimes it is open [the pass] and sometimes it’s not,” Voracek said of how team’s kill penalties. “Schenner had a free stick a couple times. I’m glad it worked.”
Just like other games during this streak, and the season itself, the Flyers had to come from behind.
They trailed 1-0 early and 2-1 in the third period before Schenn scored back-to-back on the No. 2-ranked power play which went 3-for-6 on the day.
“Coming out in the third period, you see determination,” said coach Dave Hakstol. “That’s the word I would use. Just as an overall group, no matter what the situation is. Very tight, close hockey game all the way through.
“Different parts of our game have pushed us over the finish line on different nights. Most of our game was pretty good all the way through and when needed, the PP was the difference tonight.”
There’s a certain amount of confidence right now with the Flyers. Trailing doesn’t scare them. It invigorates them. They know it. They feel it on the bench.
“You have confidence that you’ve done it over and over again, you can do it again,” Voracek said. “It was a big chance to tie the game and we did. Big points for us. We never give up.”
The Flyers came into play two points behind second place Pittsburgh in the Metro Division.
Hakstol says Voracek’s play has been “pretty consistent” all season.
“When you watch him most nights, very consistently without the puck, he is one of the hardest-working players getting back, reloading, getting on top of plays,” Hakstol said.
“Coming out of the offensive zone. When his line has the puck, or the PP unit, he is very confident in making plays.”
The Flyers had just 21 shots in this one, including only five in the second period. Their offense came in bunches.
Dallas had two goals from Devin Shore and led 2-1 at 10:32 of the final period before Schenn took over.
Steve Mason was the surprise starter in net and looked fresher than he did against Edmonton. Surprise in that given this was the front end of a back-to-back with Flyers playing in Detroit on Sunday, it seemed the perfect game to play Anthony Stolarz.
Give Mason a day of rest for a more important conference game tomorrow.
Mason asked to play, however, and most coaches won’t say no to a goalie who has now won a career-high seven in a row.
“It was fun to watch from the back end there,” Mason said of the game. “Power play in general and two late goals to get us over the hump.
“It’s fun right now to find different ways to come out on top. The boys aren’t satisfied. We keep pushing forward here.”