Maybe hell did freeze over. The Flyers win in a blizzard. Boz Scaggs once penned and recorded a song, “It’s Over”, well, it is. Flyers grit out a 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings in a matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite being mired in a 13 game losing streak and a raging snowstorm, 13,763 brave souls ventured to actually cheer on the Flyers. The reward? Free hot dogs, soda, and soft pretzels. Among the rare things in the world, we have Big Foot and Elvis. Now, we can add a 2022 Flyers victory to that list.
Let’s Get To It, Shall We?
In a game that had 76 shots on goal, the lamp would be lit just one time in the first stanza. Morgan Frost and a beautiful backhand pass from Rasmus Ristolainen set up Gerry Mayhew for his third of the campaign at the 9:33 mark. The period would close on the 1-0 score.
To the Middle
Philly grabbed a 2-0 lead when Claude Giroux found Cam Atkinson at the 9:24 mark for Atkinson’s 16th. At the 15:15 mark, LA got on the board when Viktor Arvidsson (11th) was the beneficiary of the work of Sean Durzi (2a) and Phillip Danault to get it to a 2-1 game. The period would end with that score and Flyers fans were getting anxious.
Here We Go
Let the fun begin. Atkinson hit the net on a shorthanded goal for his 17th of the season making it 3-1. On the same penalty, just forty-five seconds later, Arthur Kaliyev converted Durzi’s second helper to cut it to 3-2. In a wild scrum, at 19:22, it would be Anze Kopitar notching his 14th from Trevor Moore and Drew Doughty to send it to extra time.
Annnd Away we Go
Apprehension became the mood of the crowd with a sense of Bad Karma mixed in. Funny, how emotions can change. Scott Laughton sent the crowd out in the snow with smiles on their faces at the 2:22 mark. Atkinson (2g, 1a) and Ivan Provorov were the playmakers for the 4-3 win.
News and Notes
The win snaps the 0-10-3 run and gives Philadelphia its first win of 2022. It marks the first win since December 29. Atkinson leads the NHL with his 15 shorthanded goals since 2016-17. Shots on Goal were 40 for the Kings and 36 for the home team. Carter Hart was very good and stopped 37 with Johnathan Quick turning aside 32. Philly went 0 for 2 on the advantage but did manage a short-handed goal. The Kings were 1 for 3. “I hate losing, we all hate losing’, stated Cam Atkinson. “It was one of those things where I didn’t want to lose this one. Flyers win in a blizzard, 4-3.
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.