Flyers Come Up Short but Show Plenty of Heart

I am not much for moral victories, but this game shows the never-quit mentality of the Philadelphia Flyers. This game looked like it was going to be a long night for the orange and black. The Red WIng put 5 on Philly in the first period. This young Flyers team never put their heads down, and John Tortorella showed trust in Carter Hart after not pulling him after the first period. The Flyers come up short but show plenty of heart.

It was not Carter Harts’s greatest game, but he never gave up like the rest of the team. Hart stopped Gostisbehere from point-blank range with 10 seconds left in overtime. Carter Hart made 31 saves for Philadelphia.

The Flyers trailed 5-1 after the first period but took a 6-5 lead with 5:07 left in the third before Dylan Larkin tied it 37 seconds later. Larkin had a goal and an assist, and Alex DeBrincat had three assists for Detroit, which had lost four in a row. James Reimer made 37 saves. Scott Laughton had a goal and an assist. Joel Farabee, Travis Sanheim, and Egor Zamula each had two assists.

Red Wings Own the First Period

The veteran Patrick Kane gets the scoring started for the Detroit Red Wings. Larkin takes a shot and clanks it off steel, and Kane blasts it past Carter Hart for the first goal of many in this game. Assists coming from Larkin and DeBrincat. Not even 4 minutes later, Patrick Kane is at it again. He plays the deflections off of Larkin’s skate. He works the puck in on Carter Hart on the left side of the net.

It does not take long for the Flyers to respond. Bobby Brink keeps putting the puck on the net. After a breakaway pass from Joel Farabee to Brink. Brink does not get all his power on it but sneaks one past Red Wing goaltender Reimer. THe Flyers trail 2-1 in the first.

The Red Wings first-period onslaught continues. Sprong redirects the puck past Carter Hart from a shot on goal by Seider. About 30 seconds later, Compher gets in on the Detroit scoring. Carter Hart is sprawled out on the ice, and the puck comes loose, and Compher takes advantage. The Red Wings keep their foot on the pedal all the way to the end of the first. Former Flyer Shane Gostisbehere redirects the shot from Patrick Kane, giving Detriot a 5-1 lead at the end of the first. Kane has 3 points on the night by the first intermission.

The Spark

The Flyers got the spark in the second period they needed to battle back into this game. Nick Seeler gets a good hit on Fischer, and a fight ensues. What looked like would be at least off-setting penalties turned out to be a major penalty for Seeler and just two minutes for Fischer, even though he instigated the fight. Nick Seeler loses it coming out of the penalty box screaming at the ref. You can blame Seeler for losing it here. Wings get a 2 minute hooking even though a guy did fight Seeler. Seeler getting a full 17 minutes total while Detroit only gets 2 is bonkers.

This seems to invigorate Philly. As the in-house announcer for Detiot is announcing Seeler’s penalty, Couturier redirects a shot on goal from Travis Sanheim, making it 5-2 Detriot. Only moments later, Sanheim puts another shot on the net, and this time, Morgan Frost redirects the puck to tap in another goal. It is then 5-3, and life is breathed into the Flyers bench. Carter Hart has a much better second period.

In the End

Garnet Hathaway redirects Scott Laughton’s shot and makes it 5-4 Red Wings, and things become really interesting. Thirteen minutes into the third, Scott Laughton ties the game up at 5, flicking in the loose puck. Owen Tippet wanted to give the Flyers their first lead of the game. Owen Tippet takes a shot on goal during the breakaway. The puck becomes loose on the block, and Tippet finishes with the goal. The Flyers are up 6-5 after being down 5-1.

The Red Wings were not done yet. Dillon Larkin becomes the hero of the game. He somehow scored an unlikely goal. Larkin shoots from behind the net and sneaks the puck in under the pad, tying the game at 6. The game goes to overtime. Neither team is able to score with extra ice time. Both goalies made amazing blocks to move to a shootout. The Red Wings put two in past Carter Hart in the shootout. Both Lucas Raymond and Patrick Kane bring home the win for Detriot.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.