Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, and Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead early in the second period. MarcusGranlund and Jannick Hansen got the Canucks back to within one but it wasn't enough as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday night.
The Flyers got off to a good start. They were able to get Vancouver to take the first penalty of the game as Michael Chaput was called for tripping. Philadelphia was unable to capitalize with the man advantage.
Playing in their third game in three days, especially after two tough games against Hartford over the weekend, was sure to take a lot out of the Phantoms. That was especially the case facing a rested Utica Comets team.
But the Phantoms continued to show why they have been one of the best teams in the AHL this season, scoring four goals in the third period to secure a 7-4 win over the Comets on Sunday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Flyers (27-24-7) close out a three game western Canada road trip tonight as they visit the VancouverCanucks (26-27-6). This is the second and final meeting between the two teams this season. Game time is 10pm.
Philadelphia has lost each of the first two games on the road trip most recently falling 6-3 in Edmonton on Thursday night. The Canucks defeated Calgary 2-1 in overtime last night.
By Tommy Hendricks, Sports Talk Philly staff writer
Rivalies run deep, as usually goes with divisional foes in all sports. The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers rivalry is as old as time, but their AHL teams proved it's still alive and well on Saturday night, as the Phantoms beat the Wolf Pack, 6-4, in a testy, back-and-forth affair.
Lehigh Valley snapped their three-game skid with the win, but the overall story of the game would be the after whistle events.
When Flyers rookie forward Travis Konecny was injured there was immediate speculation as to who would get the call up from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Many fans were pleased to hear Jordan Weal was getting the call and would have his chance to make an impression on the Flyers brass.
Weal had a strong training camp and has gone on to lead the Phantoms in scoring to date, ranking second overall in the AHL. Through 43 games, he has 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points and is plus-11. His improved two-way game may have been the decision point that earned him the roster spot.