The Flyers breakout in a big way. The suddenly hot 11-12-4 Philadelphia Flyers played host to the rival New Jersey Devils (10-12-5) Tuesday Evening. A few positive signs came out of this one. Cam Atkinson picked up the first hat trick of the Flyers season and Travis Sanheim notched his first goal of the campaign.
To The Action
The aforementioned Sanheim opened the scoring in the 6-1 thumping when he converted off the pretty setup furnished by James Van Riemsdyk and Rasmus Ristolainen with 9:14 played. Nine minutes later it was Cam Atkinson starting his big night (3g, 1a) picking up his 10th. Ristolainen added his second helper along with Sanheim. How dominant was Philadelphia? They held the Devils to just six shots on goal.
So Far, So Good
Things opened up in the middle stanza with four lamplighters. Justin Braun hit net for just the second time with assists going to Ivan Provorov and the secondary to Oskar Lindblom. Thirty-seven seconds later, PK Subban stopped the deluge off a Michael McLeod helper.
Any thought of a Jersey comeback were thwarted ten minutes later when Provorov set up Atkinson for 11th of the season and second of the night for a short handed marker. It was Atkinson’s turn at playmaker when he fed Oskar Lindblom for his second of the year at the 18:20 mark to close the first 40:00 with Philadelphia flying, 5-1.
Wind it Down Time
The only goal in the third was supplied by Atkinson with assists going to Max Willman and Claude Giroux. “Overall our team played really solid and another stepping stone in the right direction,” Atkinson said. “Sticking together, playing with energy, playing the right way. … We just capitalized on our opportunities.”
The win makes three straight for the resurgent Flyers after the ten-game debacle. The downside? Morgan Frost left the game early in the first period and didn’t return. That could be problematic if it’s long-term as Philadelphia is already stretched thin. Carter Hart just keeps cruising along and stopped 26 shots. Philly took the face-off battle, 30-28 with Sean Couturier winning nine and losing eight.
For New Jersey, Michael McLeod led everyone with his 15 of 23. Flyer nemesis, MacKenzie Blackwood was yanked after the second stanza and he stopped 17 of 22. Akira Schmid mopped up and allowed one goal on eight shots. Flyers breakout in a big way.
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.