It feels like an eternity since Friday’s tough loss to the Canadiens in game 2. A 5-0 loss was not what fans or the Flyers would hope for but this team knows how to bounce back. The stars of both teams are ready to return to the net. Carey Price for Montreal and Carter Hart for Philly can make or break or a series and help their team on the next round. Hart and the defense held on for a hard-fought victory for Philly.
Alain Vigneault looks for his team to make changes in game 3. It takes just a little more than five minutes before the Flyers can feel the shake. After a wild bounce off of Jakub Voracek from the rocket slap shot off Claude Giroux the puck finds itself behind netminder Price. Assists from Giroux and Hagg. Carter Hart continues to do what he does best with a little help from the post. With a four-minute power play due to the double minor from Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Philly is unable to capitalize on a few opportunities. The FLyers continue to find their power play but come up empty twice in the first period. Defense on both teams keeps fans on the edge of their seats. The first period ends 1-0 FLyers with the lead.
Lack of scoring at this point hasn’t made the second period any less exciting. Both team’s defense keeps each other honest during the wild ride. The goalies continue to make onlookers hold their breath while the defense flies in front. Amazing saves have kept this game 1-0. Shots on goal were almost identical at 14-13 favoring the Flyers.
The Philly physicality is definitely amped in game 3 vs game 2. The PK of the Flyers was tested once ago in the first half of the second period. Back to back penalties including one by Carter Hart for delay of game. Philly on owns the hits by a large margin 27-13.
The pressure turned up in the third. The penalty kill for Philly and Montreal remains perfect tonight. Both team unable to get shots on goal during the power play. The Canadiens pull the goalie with 2 minutes left. Carter Hart can’t be stopped all 23 shots on goal. Carter now the youngest goalie to record a shutout in the Playoffs.
After a disappointing game 2 the orange and black hold on for a hard-fought victory for Philly. The Flyers are going to need adjustments on the power play if the want to continue to advance in the NHL playoffs.
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