In an emotional night in South Philadelphia, the struggling Philadelphia Flyers (18-11-5) used the emotion to defeat the Mighty Ducks (14-16-4).
It was the first time the Flyers were able to see the smile of Oskar Lindblom since his cancer prognosis…
The fans were all supplied with placards which they held up after the first stoppage that showed just how big the Philadelphia fans hearts actually are.
Travis Konecny returned from his injury and team Philadelphia had a pep in their step.
Neither team could light the lamp in the opening stanza and Anaheim came away with a 16-12 edge in shots.
Just :55 into the second, Claude Giroux converted a sweet tic tac toe passing play from Sean Coutourier and the happy to be back, Konecny and the good guys went in front, 1-0.
A historic night which pitted the Kase brothers, Ondej (Ducks) and David with the Flyers, had their parents in town to watch them play and mom and dad were rewarded when David deflected a shot from Travis Sanheim to double the lead.
The goal was the first of Kase’s NHL career.
Carter Hart then took over and stole the show with several stellar stops before Richard Rakell beat him on a deflected shot on the power play to close it to 2-1.
With 4:11 gone in the final stanza, Morgan Frost joined the rush and went in on a 2 on 1 on netminder, John Gibson.
Jakob Vorachek carried the puck, looked at Frost and took the shot that beat Gibson.
Anaheim pulled Gibson with 2:25 to play but Hart, who played his finest game in his short career was equal to the everything he faced.
Finally, with eight seconds on the clock, Sean Coutourier hit the gaping Ducks net to put an exclamation point on the emotional 4-1 victory.
Blue Lines: Philadelphia snaps a three game losing streak.
The win puts Philly’s home record to an impressive, 11-2-4.
Anaheim picked up a power play goal for the fourth consecutive game.
Despite the tally, Philly held them to a 1 for 6.
Philadelphia was outshot, 13-7 in the third and 41-31 for the tilt.
Carter Hart was the clear star of the game with several tremendous stop.
The Flyers stay in the City of Brotherly Love and face the challenge of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday evening.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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