Flyers Hope to Start a Streak in Montreal
VOORHEES — Much like the way fans react to wins and losses, the Flyers say they live and die by their results even though they try to stay even keeled.
“It’s night and day,” said rookie phenom Shayne Gostisbehere. “After a loss you’ll know we lost obviously. Not a lot of guys are talking. There’s a lot of pissed off guys in here, but when we win we’ve got that swagger back.”
They certainly had it on the ice, as their new-look lines put up a touchdown on the New Jersey Devils, the NHL’s best defensive team, Vezina candidate Cory Schneider. Part of that might have been the new lines that rookie coach Dave Hakstol put together before the win.
He broke up the top line of Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, spreading the wealth of offensive talent to other lines.
“We’re definitely a more dangerous team if we have secondary scoring and if we can spread it around through three or four lines it’s a good thing,” said Umberger, now on a line with Voracek and Nick Cousins, who got two assists. “Obviously before that, our top line was carrying a big load. If we spread it around, it will definitely help us here in a few weeks.