The Flyers are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games and have leapt the Red Wings for the second wild-card spot. Since Feb. 25, Philadelphia has been led by Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, and the duo linked up for an awesome goal Wednesday.
The Philadelphia Flyers are officially the hottest team in hockey. Over their past 10 games, the Flyers have picked up 17 of a possible 20 points, shot up the standings and now find themselves sitting in a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Over the course of the run, the Flyers have been led by — who else — Claude Giroux, but riding shotgun and putting up points at a career-best pace is Brayden Schenn. Since Feb. 25, the day the Flyers’ current 10-game run started, Schenn leads the Flyers with six goals and 12 points and he’s the fifth-highest scoring player in the league over that same span.
All that is to say when you see Giroux and Schenn linking up on the score sheet, it’s not all that surprising, but they made magic worth watching Wednesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Trailing 2-1 midway through the second period, Schenn sent Giroux up ice on what looked like it could have been a partial breakaway, but watch the Flyers captain make a marvellous pass to a streaking Schenn for the game-tying goal:
Schenn’s goal was his 24th of the campaign and his 48th point of the season, which marks a career-high for the 24-year-old. He’s on pace to smash his previous career-best of 47 points, too — by the time the season is up, Schenn could realistically be close to 30 goals and 60 points.
The tally by Schenn would be a big one, too. The game-tying goal would keep the score deadlocked at 2-2 until midway through the third frame when Flyers blueliner Radko Gudas scored on a fortunate deflection off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Philadelphia netminder Michal Neuvirth made a few big stops in the back half of the third period, and the Flyers hung on for a 3-2 victory to move one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.