The Philadelphia Flyers (22-36-11) ventured into storied Madison Square Garden to do battle with the New York Rangers (44-20-6).
There was a tie after regulation as well as after the overtime. Kevin Hayes finally ended things with the only goal in the shootout. Philly was able to hold on and the Flyers win in a shootout against New York.
“It’s always special to be back at MSG. I have a lot good memories here. And it’s nice to get the shootout winner.” Hayes reflected on his five seasons as a Ranger.
To the Action
Martin Jones played his best game as a Flyer and stopped 13 shots in first and 16 in the second en route to 43 for the game. Cam York opened the scoring at 5:54 of the opening stanza with his 3rd of the season with the helper going to Nate Thompson. Owen Tippett bagged his first as a Flyer fifty seconds later with Kevin Hayes setting it up. That would be all the scoring in the opening segment.
It was a slow second period with no offensive power. Neither team could light the lamp in the middle segment so, off to the third. Now, It Gets Fun
Things would open up in the third starting with Philadelphia expanding the lead to three. Joel Farabee connected on his 16th with help from Oskar Lindblom and Travis Sanheim. New York had enough and finally was able to figure out Martin Jones. Jacob Trouba and K’Andre Miller did the work with Artemi Panarin connecting for his 19th with just 1:22 played.
The 3-1 score remained in place just over fourteen minutes until Mika Zabanejad (27th) got one past Jones to make it a one-goal game. Before the cheering Rangers fans could get in their seats, Andrew Copp notched his 16th just twelve seconds later. It appeared the Rangers would win with 16.6 remaining with Jimmy Brodzinsky on the doorstep. Jones made a 10 Bell stop to keep it 3-3 and send it to extra time No goals in the overtime set the stage for the Hayes heroics in the shoot-out.
“It was a good step for our team II’m just trying to lead by example the best way I can. It’s a demanding job. You have to show up and be consistent.” Hayes remarked.
Shots on Goal heavily favored New York, 46-26. Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 for the home team. Philadelphia wins their 9th road game of the 34 they have played. Flyers win in a shootout against New York.
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.