In celebration of Claude Giroux playing in his 1000th game, the Flyers did the unusual, a come from behind 5-4 win.
An emotional start to the night featured Bob Clarke (the only other Flyer to play 1,000 games) presenting a silver hockey stick to Giroux.
The team presented their Captain with a Rolex and the NHL gave Giroux a crystal.
Giroux has amassed 291goals and 900 points.
“It was a fun night and to get the win on top of it made it more special,” Giroux said.
To the Game
The Nashville Predators (35-22-4) provided the opposition for the 19-30-1 Flyers.
A close opening period had just one lamp lighter.
Travis Sanheim got the better of Predators netminder, Juuse Saros at 7:44.
The goal came unassisted and was the 5th of the campaign for Sanheim who posted a two point night.
Things Open Wide
Just :23 in, Tanner Jeannot became only the second rookie in Nashville history to record 20 goals (Filip Forsberg) with a helper going to Colton Sissons.
A minute later, Cam York converted a pretty man-up passing play from Joel Farabee and Travis Konecny for York’s 2nd and a 2-1 Philadelphia lead.
The goal parade would continue at 3:49 with the 14th from James Van Riemsdyk
Cam Atkinson and Derick Brassard set it up.
Flyers fans had a collective cringe at 5:16 when two familiar names cut the lead to 3-2.
Phil Myers nailed his first with Roman Jusi picking up his first of three helpers
The secondary went to, Nick Cousins.
Konecny would be assessed a double minor at 15:08.
Nashville took just :57 seconds for Ryan Johansen (16) to bury Josi’s second feed and Mikael Granlund help to end the wild middle stanza, tied at 3.
Nashville made it three in a row at 1:11 mark with Filip Forsberg (32nd) netting a beautiful between the legs tally that made it 4-3.
The goal made Forsberg the All Time Goals leader for the Press with 210.
Across Philadelphia, the sentiment was…blew a two goal lead, nothing new .
Fans were glad to have egg on their faces with a rarity…a Flyers third period comeback
With 4:25 to play, Philly caught a break.
Rasmus Ristolainen fired a shot that Saros stopped. The puck caromed off Kevin Hayes (5th) and into the cage and overtime was on the horizon.
Or, so we thought…
Joel Farabee found himself at the edge of the crease with a yawning net.
Farabee made no mistake to get his 12th.
Sanheim and Hayes each picked up their second point of the night
The goal came at 18:41 with the Flyers defense clamping down for their third win in their last 30 contests which also ended the 3 game losing string.
“We wanted to win this game for (Giroux), no matter who scored the goal or who got the assists, It’s nice to kind of make his night extra special.” Kevin Hayes spoke candidly
Carter Hart faced 34 Nashville shots stopping 30. Juuse Saros turned aside 28 of the 33 he witnessed.
• Power plays had each squad nabbing one.
Nashville had three chances and the Flyers 4.
Flyers Win on Giroux Night
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.