Flyers drop heartbreaker in return, 3-2. After a lengthy layoff, the depleted Philadelphia Flyers (8-3-3) finally got back in action against heated rivals the New York Rangers (5-7-3)
Philadelphia came back to the Wells Fargo Center with a patchwork lineup due to Claude Giroux, Jakob Voracek, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, and Justin Braun all our for at least two games with Covid protocol. As a result, a few faces will be getting, not only a look but also, ice time.
Despite the time off, the script would not change. Another 30 plus shots on goals allowed and the inability to convert on the power play (0 for 5) signaled doom for the Orange and Black. Michael Raffl and Kevin Hayes got the assists. Nic Aube-Kubel banged one home off a frantic goalmouth scramble just :59 in.
The Flyers Carter Hart and the Rangers, Alexandar Georgiev took control and shut the door with Hart turning aside 10 shots. At the 3:24 mark of the middle stanza, Colin Blackwell converted a power play chance and things suddenly were knotted up. Brendan Smith gave the visitors a 2-1 lead that appeared to lock it up.
On to the third, we would go. Joel Farabee has something to say about it and with 1:14 left, the youngster stepped up to end regulation with a 2-2 battle. Doom seemed imminent when the Flyers Nolan Patrick was penalized at the 2:22 mark. Team Philly was able to kill it off and, with nothing decided, it was off to the shoot out. James Van Riemsdyk was unable to hit the rope and the Rangers skated off with the 3-2 victory.
Dis and Dat
Once again, Philly gave up over 30 shots (32). Carter Hart, getting older by the game stopped 30. The anemic Flyers offense could only generate 22 on Georgiev. New York had the edge on face-offs at 34-29. Ryan Strome led the Rangers by going 15 of 24 while Sean Couturier led Philly with 14 of 24.
Flyers drop heartbreaker but we are off to Tahoe. Watch the Post Game Live here on the EoP Network hosted by the Broad Street Bully.