Beyond the scoring spree in Philly 

October, 7, 2009

The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals aren't going to play too many boring games against each another. Both teams have a ton of explosive offensive talent and questionable goaltending. That's usually the formula for a high-scoring game just like the Flyers' home-opening, come-from-behind 6-5 overtime win over the Caps on Tuesday night.

Daniel Briere celebrated his 32nd birthday by netting his first goal of the season, the OT game-winner, burying a loose puck under the crossbar from the edge of the crease. After playing just 29 games last season due to injury, Briere seems ready for a return to form after a strong training camp.

The tally ended the score-a-thon between the one-time division rivals. New Philly D Chris Pronger called it a "yo-yo" game. Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau said it was one of those games in which the last team to score won.

I have to agree with both assessments. The lead and momentum caromed around the Wachovia Center like one of those Super Balls that I used to bug my mother to buy out of the coin machines on the way out of the supermarket.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.