Comeback falls short, 4-3 again. The New Jersey Devils (12-14-4) were the guests as the Philadelphia Flyers (15-12-4) were playing for the second night in a row. Philadelphia was very pedestrian for the first 11 minutes as they fired all of 1 shot on Devil’s netminder, MacKenzie Blackwood.
Michael McLeod opened the Devils scoring when he lifted the puck over Carter Hart who went down a bit early. A questionable interference call on Ty Smith put team Philadelphia on the advantage. Joel Farabee took advantage and we sat at 1-1. In hockey you never want to allow a goal in the final minute, let alone the final 5.6 seconds but, mirroring this Flyers season, they did.
Kyle Palmieri beat Hart on a Devils power play to close the opening 20:00 with New Jersey riding the 2-1 lead. How bad was the period for the Orange and Black? The line of Farabee, Voracek, and Captain Claude registered a grand total of one shot. But, on the upside, their shooting percentage was perfect!
Yegor Sharagovich pushed it to 3-1. Philadelphia once again allowed a final minute goal when with :24 remaining. Travis Zajac had an easy tap-in when the Flyers defense left him uncovered. I know, shocking right. The Flyers continued to sleepwalk for the first half of the final stanza but, something clicked and Travis Konecny hit Sean Couturier to close it to 4-2.
The final minute goal pattern stayed in force. This time it was Philadelphia doing the scoring with Couturier getting his second with :24 left and Hart pulled.
Hart turned away 28 of the 32 he saw. Hart continues to show he is getting back to form and the Flyers defense was woeful in front of him. MacKenzie Blackwood was good when he had to be and stopped 30 of 33 Flyers shots. All ears will be in South Philadelphia as Chuck Fletcher will be addressing the meeting with his yearly, State of the Team Press Conference. Comeback falls short again.