Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Flyers confidence at all-time high, says Wayne Simmonds

The Philadelphia Flyers have won four in a row and are closing in on a playoff spot at the mid-way point of the season, and wins like tonight's 3-2 gut-check against the Bruins at home are giving the Flyers exactly what they need: Belief. "Our confidence is at an all-time high right now," Wayne Simmonds said after his team rallied from a 2-1 deficit at the start of the third to close out the Bruins. "We're playing good hockey. I can remember my first year here. Third periods. That’s when we were money."

Simmonds, who tied the game with his 11th marker of the season, hopes his team can back to that gritty style of third-period play that made them a playoff team in 2013-2014. "We got to get back to that," he said. "Obviously, it’s not ideal to go into the third period losing, but it was tonight and we battled hard to get back and everybody jumped on board.”

The Flyers now sit at 19-15-7, just two points out of the final playoff spot.

First-year coach Dave Hakstol says perseverance pays off late in games, and that his group reaped those rewards tonight.

“It’s something the players want to see,” he said. “A night like tonight when we’re not at our best through most of this game, we lost more of the puck battles on 50/50 pucks than we won, there’s still the confidence within the group to stay with it. The group did that. Ultimately, we’re rewarded for it.”