Flyers Depth Stands Out in Win Over Caps
While Flyers young goalie Carter Hart might be the key to a deep Stanley Cup Playoff run, they showed why they are indeed a contender to capture Lord Stanley in a game he didn't play in on Thursday.
The team got major contributions again from their second line of Scott Laughton, Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny. The trio produced a whooping eight points in the win over the Capitals.
"They are without a doubt our best line at this moment," admitted Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. "I think offensively and defensively this was there best night."
While those guys have been playing well for most of the season, it was the play of backup netminder Brian Elliott that shows the teams depth is for real. With the Flyers leading 2-0, just before the end of the second period, the Capitals got a turnover around center-ice and had a one-on-one opportunity with the veteran goalie.
Elliott won the battle with a nifty kick save to persevere the lead.
Its performances like that, that have the Flyers and their fans thinking they can make not only a deep run, but bring the cup back to Philadelphia.
Elliott was tested once again with just under six-minutes left in the game with his team leading 3-1, but turned aside a quick wrist shot to help the Flyers close out the game and improve to 2-0 in round robin play in Toronto.
"There was a lot in front of, guys were taking it away with their sticks and skates," Elliott explained. "Sometimes when you have a layoff, those are the little things you have to focus one."
"Its been a good start for us, guys have bought in and want to win for each other," Laughton said.