After what was looking to be a year without hockey, we found ourselves at the quarter-mark of the 2013 NHL season.
It's already been a fun-filled first three weeks of hockey. Perennial giants are struggling, some super stars are still in search of their scoring touch and even the Chicago Blackhawks have managed to play their first 11 games without a regulation loss.
12 games into the 48-game shortened season, the Flyers find themselves with a 5-6-1 record and 11 points, good for third place in the Atlantic Division.
At that point, they sit behind the first place Devils (7-1-3; 17 points) and second place Penguins (8-4-0; 16 points). It could be much worse, especially since the Flyers were at one point 2-6-0 to start the season.
(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov and Zac Rinaldo after the Flyers won, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Poor play in the third period almost cost the Flyers two points once again.
This time, Danny Briere came to rescue of those points, beating Cam Ward in overtime to send the Flyers to a 4-3 win over Carolina. It was their fourth straight game earning a point, going 3-0-1 on the four-game home stand.
It was also the second straight game the Flyers spend in overtime, having lost to the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.
The Flyers were able to end it before they got to the shootout this time. Briere broke into the zone and skated across the slot, faking a pass to Kurtis Foster before squeezing the wrister through Ward's legs to win the game.
(Picture: Matt Read celebrates after scoring in the second period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Flyers kept shooting and shooting, but Jose Theodore seemed to have an answer for everything.
Theodore stopped 30 shots, including both of the Flyers' shootout attempts in the Panthers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Flyers, but they have earned a point in each of their last three games.
Theodore came up huge in the last two periods and overtime, stopping the last 19 shots he faced to preserve the come-back win.
(Picture: Jose Theodore stones Claude Giroux on the shootout. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Maybe there is something Peter Laviolette knew that no one else possibly could.
Two years without any goals? No problem. A reputation of being a goon that can’t do anything else? Players can change.
Brought to Philly in a controversial trade that no one agreed with? You have to work with the players you have.
Laviolette has been scrutinized every time he has worked Tom Sestito in the lineup. He is a player that Flyers fans usually love to hate. His reputation is terrible, and he has never given people a reason to think otherwise about him.
But with the injury to Wayne Simmonds, Sestito was placed into the lineup again. And as cliché as it is, it was a reason for him to prove himself.
(Pictured: Tom Sestito scores the first of two goals in the second period. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Perhaps in the most unexpected fashion, Tom Sestito's pair of goals led the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers looked to erase the bad loss on January 27 by starting the top line right off the bat. They pressed hard, creating a few scoring chances including two by Tye McGinn on a deflection and a one-timer from the circle, but Lindback turned them both aside.
(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
One of the top stories last season was netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
Unfortunately for the Russian goalie, a majority of the news wasn't very positive. From being lost in the woods to bringing his thermos to the Winter Classic, Bryzgalov instantly became a sought-after quote after the game, even if his play wasn't a factor.
The pressure of playing in a media market such as Philadelphia, especially after how laid back the Phoenix media was, affected Bryzgalov's play and demeanor in a negative way. Last season, Bryzgalov had lapses in confidence and consistency, managing to finish with a respectable 33-16-7 record, 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage.
(Picture: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save on Carolina's Chad LaRose on Saturday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)