The Philadelphia Flyers earned a wire-to-wire win Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild largely on the basis of their special teams. The Flyers scored twice on the power play and once more while shorthanded to contribute to a dominant 5-1 victory.
Afterward, Scott Hartnell and Peter Laviolette spoke about the importance of special teams.
"We wanted to come out with an attitude on the power play. You have to be able to outwork the other team's penalty kill and we were able to get on pucks, win faceoffs, get it set up and get pucks to the net. It was definitely a turning factor, a couple power play goals for us," said Scott Hartnell.
"The penalty kill is really about structure, and I thought the guys did a good job. Specialty teams -- if you can win that battle, on most nights you're going to win the game," said coach Peter Laviolette. (via CSN Philly)