Flyers Stay Hot With Overtime Win

The red hot Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-7) went into Nationwide Arena for the back end of a home and home series against the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-19-13) on Thursday evening. Despite another sluggish start, the surging Flyers pulled out a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory to bring their torrid pace to 11-4-1 in the last 16 games.

Columbus got on the board first on a strange goal just :41 played with Oliver Bjorkstrand putting a shot past Brian Elliott. No one knew it was a goal as the puck lodged in the top of the net. Bjorkstrand laid claim to a goal but it took some time for the officials to sort out what happened. Nick Foligno went in on a breakaway and notched an absolute gem of a goal. He scored a between the legs shot and at 9:05, the Jackets were rolling.

The Flyers started to get their game together with another “is it or isn’t it” goal just 23 seconds later. This pulled Philly to a one-goal differential when Travis Konecny scored while laying on the ice. Travis Sanheim fired a shot that hit the skate of Konecny and disappeared. Konecny pointed and said, “it’s in’ and once again, confusion ruled for the moment. The puck was found lodged in padding but, was indeed squarely in the net.

Stefan Matthau redirected a blast from the point to put the home team in front, 3-1.

The Flyers, undaunted, kept working and were rewarded with a Nic Aubrey-Kubel conversion of a Michael Raffl set up at 14:26. Claude Giroux, who not too long ago was mired in a terrible slump, got things even when he cashed in a Sean Couturier feed on the man up and the game was all even, 3-3. That would end the scoring in regulation as both teams were unable to convert on stellar opportunities.

Heading Into OT

On to extra time they went and Kevin Hayes became the hero. He took advantage of a defensive miscue and game Philadelphia two valuable points.

Dis and Dat:

  • Philadelphia sits in the third spot in the Metropolitan Division
  • Columbus is mired in a tailspin with 0-3-4 record in their last seven contests.
  • Claude Giroux has picked the right time to heat up and has accumulated 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in his last 7 games.
  • Brian Elliott played very well with 28 saves. Elvis Merzlikens was also on his game with 29 saves.
  • The Flyguys made a few moves before game time and sent Gotisbehere to Lehigh Valley on a Conditioning basis as he works his way back from the knee injury.
  • Jean Francois Berube was shipped to the Rangers for future considerations to make room for the 3rd Round pick in 2017, Kiril Ustimenko.
  • Ustimenko was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for January while playing with Reading.
    • The 21-year-old posted a 19-4-5 record with a 2.40 goals-against average with Reading.
  • Ustimenko and Alex Lyon are the goaltending duos in Lehigh as the Flyers are very deep at that position.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.