The Philadelphia Flyers (21-36-11) drop a 6-3 game to the Toronto Maple Leafs (44-19-5). The Flyers drop fith of the last six games. Austin Matthews netted his 51st of the season with Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov netting a pair of goals. The Iron-man streak of Keith Yandle came to an end after 989 games. Yandle was a healthy scratch and missed his first action since March 26, 2009. Beginning to look at younger players resulted in the NHL debut for Flyers defenseman, Ronnie Attard.
“It’s kind of been one of those things toward the end of the year when you’re signing young guys and getting free agents out of college, they’re going to give them a chance to play”,
“It’s tough to have a bad day in the NHL. But getting the news you’re not playing is not what you want to hear.” Yandle commented pre-game.
To the Action
A sloppy start with neither team hitting net in the opening stanza. Things would heat up with nine goals in the remaining 40:00. To the second period. After 23:38,, Kevin Hayes would notch his 8th of the season with helpers going to Oskar Lindblom and Flyers player of the game, Ivan Provorov (2g,1a).
Just over seven minutes later, Wayne Simmonds evened the score with his 5th and help from T.J. Brodie. The combatants we’re just warming up. Timothy Liljegard notched his third courtesy of Mark Giordano and Michael Bunting. Provorov evened the score and made it three goals in 4:10 when he buried a Kevin Hayes set up for his 6th of the season to end the second period scoring at 2-2.
Off to the third period. The wide-open play continued in the final stanza with Toronto pulling away. Matthews hit for his league-leading 51st at the 7:41mark courtesy of Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly. Rielly stayed busy setting up Pierre Engvall’s twelfth, which came shorthanded. Provorov cut it to a one-goal game with his seventh when he cashed in off Zack MacEwen and Patrick Brown.
Rielly sealed the Flyers’ fate with his 9th at 13:47. John Tavares buried his 24th at 15:49 to give Toronto its fourth straight victory.
“Not a very good hockey game by us, maybe we showed up for an easy game and they didn’t give it to us. So we looked bad for a while.”
Dis and Dat
In the four wins, Toronto has lit the lamp 24 times. • Carter Hart stopped 22 of the 28 shots fired at him. Jack Campbell stopped 29 of 32 Flyers shots. Discussing events of the contest, Mike Yeo was candid. Flyers drop fifth of last six
“We bent and we broke a little bit there in the third period, we made more mistakes in the third period than they did. They have a lot of skill and they capitalized.”Mike Yeo – Flyers Head Coach
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.