Though the Canucks dismantling of the Eastern Conference leading (though injury riddled and road weary) Flyers didn’t happen in the unfriendly confines of the city of brotherly love, the headline has a nice ring to it.
Particularly when we beat them early and often with our speed and finesse despite the attempts of several Flyers (Sean O’Donnell, Scott Hartnell and Jody Shelley) to drag us into the alley.
In a wide open game that could have featured some record shot totals if only the Flyers could have kept up with us (the Canucks had 32 shots on net with well over half the game to play), it was clear that the Canucks were amped up to play the Flyers, who may still have had visions of the Roxy dancing in their heads.
Ryan Kesler continues to make Bobby Clarke look like a hockey visionary sticking it to his once-upon-a-time suitors with a performance worth more than the $5 million per season he’s getting now.
With the win, our boys continue their ascent to the top of the Western Conference standings with another measuring stick match on the horizon against the Marc Crawford coached Dallas Stars on New Year’s Eve.