The Philadelphia Flyers remained hot during their homestand on Tuesday with a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
To kickoff the 2017-18 season the Philadelphia Flyers faced an early challenge by playing each of their first four games on the road, although they did finish the trip with a 2-2 record. Still, when seeing how close the Flyers came to defeating the Nashville Predators, it was frustrating to see how close they were to making that road trip record 3-1, but at least playing the last two games at home has worked to their advantage.
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Just a few days after demolishing the Washington Capitals 8-2 in the home opener, Philadelphia picked up right where they left off on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers by earning the 5-1 victory, giving them 13 goals over the last two games. What made this win even more impressive for the Flyers is four of those goals happened to come in the second period alone, with Valtterri Filppula scoring the final goal in the final minutes on an empty net.
Even though he didn’t come through on the scoring end in this game, Wayne Simmonds was able to come up big for Philadelphia by chalking up an assist against the Panthers. With five goals over the first six games, Simmonds has played a major role in the hot 4-2 start for the Flyers to keep it a close race in the division, which will hopefully continue over the next couple of weeks as well.
Up next, Philadelphia will continue their homestand on Thursday in a rematch against Nashville on what should be a special night since the team is honoring founder Ed Snider with a statue outside of the Wells Fargo Center before the game. But with the way the Flyers have looked so far at home, a win against the defending Western Conference champions hopefully will end in better results unlike the first meeting this season.