Could the real Philadelphia Flyers please stand up? Fresh off a humiliating 9-0 debacle in Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers (15-10-3) faced a major uphill battle with the New York Islanders (19-8-4). Who would have thunk it? Flyers pull off a 4-3 win.
New York had not lost a home game since February. Philly played nearly flawless hockey for 48 minutes and stormed to a 3-0 lead. Proving the point, as Giroux and Voracek go, so go the Flyers. Giroux was a force the whole game and notched a nice deflection goal and registered an assist. Voracek lit the lamp and Carter Hart is slowly getting to form.
Hart gave up a soft goal on the Islander’s first tally. Michael Dal Colle made it 3-1 off what appeared to be misjudged by Hart. Sebastian Aho quickly notched a short side tally to cut it to 3-2 quickly followed by a back door goal from Oliver Wahlstrom and it seemed team Philadelphia would waste a strong team effort.
At times, when a team is in a rut, someone unexpected steps up. That was the case in this contest. The feel-good story of hockey, Oskar Lindblom, kicked off the night with Giroux and Voracek each scoring to present a 3-0 advantage.
However, the Isles showed why they are among NHL’s elite and stormed back. Now, back to the unsung hero saga. Lindblom buried a shot from between the circles and once again, we ask… has this team found itself? As they say, “period by period shift by shift.”
Brian Elliott was scratched and Alex Lyon was the back up to Hart. Hart had 22 saves and Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of the 31 Philadelphia chances. Could the real Philadelphia Flyers please stand up? Hopefully, they have.
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