“The last one out, turn out the lights” were the words that probably echoed through the Wells Fargo Center after the final game of the Flyers 20-21 season. The Philadelphia Flyers (25-23-8) closed out the very disappointing 2021 NHL season with a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over the even more disappointing, New Jersey Devils.
Pavel Zacha and Janne Kuckhanen gave the Devils a 2-0 lead before five minutes were played. Joel Farabee scored his first of two with his 19th to close the gap. Claude Giroux had a mystifying kick pass that landed right on the tape for a Sean Couturier slam dunk to get it even at 2-2.
Philly even picked up a power-play goal when James Van Riemsdyk scored the eventual game-winner. Wade Allison was robbed by Scott Wedgewood but, “Johnny on the Spot”. Farabee banged home the rebound for his 20th to seal the 4-2 victory. Brian Elliott turned aside 23 Devils chances. Farabee with his two goals and Couturier added a goal and a helper and Wade Allison with two assists led the way with two points each. Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux each picked up a point.
In a pregame ceremony, Sean Couturier was named Flyers MVP. This marks the third straight season he has been afforded that honor. Only Ron Hextall and Eric Lindros have received it for three consecutive seasons.
After one of the most disappointing seasons in team history, a post-Mortum press conference will be held by Coach Vigneault and GM Chuck Fletcher on Tuesday. Changes are definitely in order and with an expansion draft on the horizon, hard decisions will be made on who to expose. Goaltending is another issue…expose Hart? Lyon? Will Elliott be coming back?
The Flyers have a young core that surely will stay intact. A big experienced defenseman should also be a priority. But, I certainly am not a GM but, I am sure Chuck Fletcher has a game plan. Just remember for the last one out, turn out the lights. Stick with Edge of Philly Sports to get any and all moves as they occur.