The Flyers outshot the Islanders 11-2 in the first period. They had been outshot 437-340 in the first period of games this season before today, and had been outscored 36-17… In addition to his assist, Radko Gudas had four shots on goal, three hits, and four blocked shots… Nick Schultz played his 999th career game. He had nine shot attempts – five of which were blocked and three that missed.
“That’s what we said before we went out – we need a big start in our building. Our first line went out there and just dominated that first shift. People went wild in the stands. That gives you energy for the next shift.”
I was really happy with the effort, right from the first shift there. Giroux’s line really took it to the Islanders’ zone there. And that just kind of set the tone for the entire game. There is no letting off the gas today. That’s the type of effort that wins hockey games. At no point in this game were we ever doubtful that we would come away with a win.”