The Flyers survived a hard-fought yet mostly sluggish first 40 minutes and ratcheted things up in the final 20, ultimately beating the Nashville Predators with two goals by Ville Leino in the third period. Back in early December, we put together a post on Leino's proficiency with the spin-o-rama, and tonight he broke a 2-2 third period tie with this beauty:
Gatdamn! Great feed from Giroux, who you can hear yell "Carts!" in the replay above. More highlights from the Flyers' 3-2 win below.
Peter Laviolette has taken notice of Leino's spinners as well. “I definitely think that when you’re set one way and spin and throw a backhand, it’s hard to read, much harder than just a shot that comes off the stick," Lavvy said. "But he’s good at that. He’s really good at protecting the puck and circling in small areas and strong on it. He was like that most of the game.”
Jeff Carter earned the game's second star with a goal and two assists, factoring into every Flyers' goal. Credit Peter Laviolette for joining the hot hands, putting Leino out there with Carter and Claude Giroux. After the game, CSN's John Boruk said Leino's third period ice time was second only to that of Chris Pronger.
Ville the Kid with a beast of a night for the Flyers, tryna earn that extension. Interestingly enough, it was just the first two-goal game of his career. Meanwhile, Carter's three-point game was his seventh of the season
Probably Ville's favorite band... The Spinners!
Ya know because both came from Detroit.