Every now and then a team heads into a match-up with fans expecting a loss. If it doesn’t happen logic dictates, it’s called an upset. The Flyers fall like leaves. Tuesday evening was one of those games. The Philadelphia Flyers (23-43-11) went to Canada to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (51-20-6). Jack Campbell, the Toronto netminder, has more wins (30) than the Flyers team.
To the Festivities
After a scoreless first period, Timothy Liljegren (5th) beat Martin Jones with help from Alexander Kerfoot and William Nylander with 1:35 played. The score remained 1-0 until Keith Yandle and Travis Konecny set up James van Riemsdyk for his 21st at 8:07. That seemed to inspire Toronto who got tallies from Nylander, his career-high 32nd on a power play at 13:39.
With twenty-five seconds on the clock, Toronto pulled off a Top Ten goal with crafty vets, Mark Giordano and Wayne Simmonds performing magic on a tic-tac-toe pass play that Jason Spezza (11th) put home. The second concluded with a Toronto 3-1 advantage.
To the Third
With 10:11 on the game clock, the lead stretched to 4-1 when Ilya Lyubushkin did the grinding for David Kampf’s 11th. Ronnie Attard stopped the Leaf’s thrust with Konecny’s second helper at 17:24. In what has become an every game event, Mike Yeo pulled Martin Jones. And, like every other game, the strategy backfired with Ilya Mikheyev putting his 18th in the yawning Philadelphia net to complete the 5-2 game.
In their last 13 outings, Toronto is 11-1-1. Nylander now has 4 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games. Martin Jones stopped 24 shots with Campbell having 36 saves earning Star of the Game Honors and his 30th win of the season. Flyers fall like leaves.
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.