This song has gotten old. Stop me if you have heard this, Flyers lose, in Overtime, 3-2. At least it only took :24 seconds and Philadelphia (13-15-7) drop one to Tomas Hertl….err…the San Jose Sharks (19-16-1). Despite a total of five goals, the tallies came from just two players. Martin Jones, who was bought out by San Jose, got the start against his former team and was outstanding. Just not quite outstanding enough. Neither team could score in the first two periods despite a barrage of shots.
To The Scoring
Finally, after a scoreless 41:06 James Van Riemsdyk got the best of Sharks netminder, Adin Hill with helpers going to Oskar Lindblom and Kevin Hayes. Philadelphia would add an insurance goal at 6:47 when Van Riemsdyk got credit for his 9th of the campaign when Cam York took a shot which pinballed and found the net. JVR got a piece of the shot on the man-up with Cam Atkinson and the aforementioned York getting assists. In only the sixth NHL game for York, he registered his first point.
Philly Got This, Right?
Not quite, still about thirteen minutes to hold on. Indeed a daunting task for this beleaguered Flyers team so, one had the sense of impending doom. Finally, after 35 shots, Martin Jones became human and the Star of Game stepped to the forefront. Tomas Hertl scored a minute after the second JVR tally with, get used to these names, Timo Meier and defenseman, Brent Burns setting up Hertl’s 18th.
OK, It’sonly one goal. Valid point but, this is the depleted Flyers. The Sharks trio went back to work at 14:29 with Burns and Meier once again doing the work for Hertl and his 19th.
This Song Gotten Old
That would close the book on regulation with the 2-2 deadlock and Philly found themselves in familiar waters, Extra time. Even if you are well versed in the water, look out for Sharks. As I mentioned, it would quickly and relatively painless with Hertl putting the exclamation point on the 3-2 come from behind victory with Burns capping off his three-assist game.
Once again, the Flyers were using a few AHL players due to Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim, and Ivan Provorov out. San Jose gave much-traveled Evander Kane his “unconditional release” from his $49 million contract. Shots on Goal heavily favored San Jose, 47-31 with Adin Hill stopping 29 and hard-luck loser, Jones knocking away 44 of the 47.
Sharks Coach, Bob Boughner spoke candidly about the performance of Hertl. “What I loved is even when we got down 2-0, he took a huge leadership role (saying), ‘We’re still in this, we got this, let’s keep working,’” Boughner said. “He was pretty inspirational.” Flyers drop 5th straight game. This song has gotten real old.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.