The game turned in the second period as the Flyers applied more pressure and got the game tied. In the third, four more goals contributed to a big day on the scoresheet for the Orange and Black in a 6-2 win in Buffalo.
In Pittsburgh, though, the Flyers had one of their better wins of the season. It wasn't a pretty win, but between Anthony Stolarz's strong play in net and contributions up and down the lineup, the Flyers managed to hold off the Penguins and steal a win in a time when nothing is coming easy…
It was a question five years ago and it remains one now. The Flyers need a fresh perspective. A look in the mirror should show that the dismissal of Ron Hextall isn’t the only change that needs to happen.
Allowing three power-play goals, six goals to even the most potent offense in the Tampa Bay Lightning and making enough fundamental mistakes to create a deficit in the first place don't look good. But the rally showed some character. It may not be a win but the Flyers need to channel this effor…
The 3-0-1 record on the trip buys more time for a team that needed to either turn it around quickly or face changes. But this is only the beginning for the Flyers, who can't be satisfied with the results of one road trip and have more work ahead of them.
Toronto GM Kyle Dubas was in attendance at the game between the Flyers and Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 22, certainly helping fuel rumors involving William Nylander. In the event that things come to a head with Nylander, the Maple Leafs may explore a trade. And the Flyers could very well be a suitor.
More than any specific aspect of the game, slow starts have been a consistent problem for the Flyers and not just this season. In fact, the numbers under the Flyers' current regime of Ron Hextall, Dave Hakstol and all the players of this core show that it's a trend.