The Boston Bruins (27-8-12) provided the opposition on a Monday evening at the Wells Fargo Center and took on the Philadelphia Flyers (24-16-6).
Philadelphia started off very slowly and found themselves in a quick 1-0 when Anders Bjork muscled his way in front of Carter Hart with five minutes played.
Travis Konecny and Matt Niskanen each had good scoring chances with Konecny being stopped by Bruins keeper, Jaroslav Halak and Niskanen ringing one off the pipe.
Danton Heinen sent a pretty pass to David Krejci to pad the Boston lead.
The Bruins were whistled for a four-minute penalty and Kevin Hayes made them pay to close it to 2–1.
The first ended that way with Philly still on the man advantage.
Boston killed the remaining time and put the lead back to a goal edge with David Pastrnak connecting on a 2 on 1 and Boston went up, 3-1.
Travis Sanheim fired a writer just behind the circles to make it a one-goal game at 3-2.
Charlie Coyle and Krejci converting a turnover pushed Boston a three-goal lead with 12 minutes left in the stanza.
With 6:48 remaining, Sean Couturier lit the lamp with a shot he fanned on due to being hooked. Halak was fooled and the puck somehow made its way into the Bruin net.
The oddity in goals continued with a historic Flyer goal with Mark Friedman hitting Connor Bunnamon and a Bruin before crossing the line.
It was the first NHL assist for Friedman as well as the first NHL goal for Bunnamon.
That closed the second with Boston holding onto a 5-4 advantage.
Midway through the third, a scrum ensued with Joe Farabee being in the middle of it.
That seemed to energize team Philadelphia and with 7:02 to play, Sanheim went to work and scored the equalizer with an impressive hard work tally.
Sanheim had his shot stopped, picked up the rebound, circled the net and finally beat Halak.
Regulation ended as did the Overtime. Things would get even more bizarre in the Shootout when Kevin Hayes and Pastrnak both were denied.
Claude Giroux and Charlie Coyle suffered the same fate before Couturier beat Halak but the post beat Couturier. Louie DeBrusk was denied and we went to Round 4.
Farabee and Krejci failed so Konecny stepped up and finally bested Halak.
One of the most hated players in the NHL, Brad Marchand needed a goal to keep it going.
To the delight of hockey fans everywhere (except Boston), Marchand not only failed but failed on what will go down as the worst penalty shot in league history!
How bad was it? The Pesky Marchand never got a shot on Carter Hart… why? He actually overskated the puck!!!
Halak stopped 34 of the 39 Philadelphia shots while Carer Hart managed 26 saves on 31 attempts.
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.