After a blow out loss to the Boston Bruins the Flyers were home against the Chicago Blackhawks for a Saturday matinee. They seemed prepared to face the Western Conference powerhouse.
The game was basically a contest between Cristobal Huet and Michael Leighton, neither giving up anything in the first 40 minutes of hockey.
Simon Gagne struck first a little over a minute into the third period to make it 1-0. The Hawks bounced back to score two goals on Leighton to take a 2-1 lead with just under eight minutes left in the contest.
An unlikely hero in the struggling Scott Hartnell tied the game up with a wrist shot with nearly 2 minutes to go.
That set the stage for an exciting ending courtesy of Chris Pronger.
Pronger scored on a long pass from Claude Giroux with 2.1 seconds left in the game. Lifting the Flyers to a much needed 3-2 win over a quality opponent.
It’s not unusual to hear from Flyers Chairman Ed Snider, especially when things aren’t going well with his beloved Flyers. After an embarrassing loss to the Boston Bruins Snider fired off. When asked if he thought the team would make the playoffs his response was as blunt as it could be. “We better damn straight make ’em,” Snider barked. Along with the mess he’s dealing with in Sixerville, Snider is certainly on edge. And he’s never been shy about making moves when it comes to the Orange and Black. If the Flyers were to not make the playoffs, changes on the roster would certainly occur.
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Written by Mike Santa Barbara
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