At Least They Scored
Flyers Drop 4th straight. This one to the 14-2-3 league leading Florida Panthers in overtime, 2-1.
Philadelphia drops to 8-6-4 with serious questions looming.
Philly fired 33 shots at Sergei Bobrovsky but only got one past him.
Joel Farabee converted off an Ivan Provorov to Travis Konecny set up at the 7:33 mark of the opening stanza.
Florida was buzzing but the Flyers defense, anchored by Martin Jones, kept the Panthers at bay.
THINGS LOOKING GOOD
It would stay at 1-0 until Sam Bennett (5th) converted a Anthony Duclair pass on the power play at the 8:58 mark of the third.
Regulation would come to a close with the 1-1 score.
NOT OVERTIME AGAIN
Yes Virginia, overtime beckoned.
It looked as if Philadelphia would win when Cam Atkinson went in on Bobrovsky on a breakaway.
But, when you are in a slump, things don’t always work.
Bobrovsky made the save so you know what’s coming.
Aaron Eckblad notched his sixth of the season at 2:36 to give the Panthers the victory.
The victory made history as Florida has now won their first 11 home games and, with the Seattle Kraken due in town, the Panthers will have all eyes on number 12.
How good was the goaltending? The squads put a combined 78 shots on goal.
Martin Jones continues to impress and played his best game of the season with 43 saves.
“There’s no doubt they were going to get some ‘A’ looks, and they did,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said of the Panthers. “But guys in front of Jonesy played hard tonight. I know everybody was trying to do the right thing.”
Jones was aided by 4 shots clanging off the post in the first 40 minutes.
The largest crowd of the season for a Panthers game with 15, 545 in the house.
How anemic has the Philadphia offense become? Since October 30 they are averaging just 1.58 goals a game.
To try to aid the offense and also to offset all the injuries, Morgan Frost was an emergency recall.
While not registering a point, Frost had a few quality shifts and had the upper hand on face offs with five wins.
Philadelphia, as always won the face off battle, 33-24.
Sean Couturier led the Flyers with 9 wins with Frost, Nate Thompson, Claude Giroux and Scott Laughton each winning at least five.
Laughton and Giroux each had six.
The power play continues to be non existent and were 0 for 2.
They are now ranked 26th in the NHL but, more disturbing the team has only lit the lamp 5 times in the last 48 chances.
Philly plays its third game in four days with the annual Black Friday afternoon game.
Don’t get too excited. The Carolina Brind Amour’s visit Philly coming off a 2-1 loss to the Kraken
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.