In the back end of a home-and-home two-game mini-series, the 22-37-11 Philadelphia Flyers showcased their younger players to beat the flailing, Columbus Blue Jackets in the Capitol of Ohio, Columbus. A big second period seals the win.
How It Started
After a fairly uneventful 14:47. Carson Meyer got whistled for a minor. Despite The Flyers being in good shape, Columbus (33-33-6) would be the one taking advantage. Just nineteen seconds after the call, Eric Robinson cashed in off a Sean Kuraly and Vladislavev Gavrikov assist that would be the only goal in the opening period.
The new faces for Philadelphia stepped up in a one-sided middle stanza. Kevin Connaution bagged his first as a Flyer on an unassisted marker at exactly 8:00. Feeling a spark, Owen Tippett, aka, The guy they got for Giroux, notched his eighth on the season. Helpers going the hot stick of Kevin Hayes and the suddenly blossoming, Travis Sanheim.
“When you get chances and they don’t go in, it’s easy to get frustrated, When you are getting chances, you know one is coming. When one goes in and squeaks in like tonight, it’s a good feeling.” Tippett commented.
One of the players that Philadelphia is banking on, Noah Cates followed the lead of Tippett and punched home a rebound off the boards. It would be the second goal in two games for Cates who took advantage of the Ivan Provorov shot to end one of the best periods from the Flyers this season.
“One of the things we talked about before the game was we had to be better in the neutral zone,“I thought we did a good job of that, whether it’s executing and finding a way to get into the offensive zone and playing in the offensive zone, or whether it’s tracking and not allowing those teams to get to their game.” Flyers Coach, Mike Yeo.
Off to the third. With 3:05 remaining, Travis Konecny buried his 13th off the second assist from Sanheim and Morgan Frost. That closed the curtain on the 4-1 game
Philadelphia picks up their second consecutive road victory and 2nd of their last 3. Shots went the way of Philadelphia, 31-27. Martin Jones put up another strong performance with 26 stops. Elvis Merzlikens turned away 27 shots. Scott Laughton returned to the line-up after 12 games. From the Misery Loves Company Department: Columbus has now lost 8 of its last 9 at home. Neither team could score on the advantage with Philly going 0 for 4 and the Blue Jackets 0 for 2 and a shorthanded goal. Flyers Use Youth use big second period for a 4-1 win.
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.