The Beat (ings) Goes On

For the Flyers the beat goes on. Or should I say the beatings go on? Here is something you haven’t heard much…not.
Flyers drop another for their ninth consecutive wrong end of the win-loss column with a marathon. A nine-round shootout extravaganza against the 13-13-6 New York Islanders in the back end of a home and home series.

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This Should Be Interesting

Should be but most likely, but not when Robin Salo notched his first of the season off feeds from Matthew Barzal and Zach Parise with 2:08 played to give the Islanders a 1-0 edge. Twelve minutes passed until James Van Riemsdyk hit rope with his 10th. Claude Giroux and Cam York were the nuclei on the man-advantage marker that signaled the end of the 1-1 first stanza.

We Move Ahead

The combatants continued the fourth and back. Josh Bailey beat Philly netminder Carter Hart to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. It took just :26 for Travis Konecny to convert an Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton feed to even the score at 2-2. The opening forty minutes would close with the contest still knotted, 2-2.

Crunch Time

Claude Giroux gained his second point of the night with his 12th goal that was generated by Joel Farabee and Cam Atkinson and with 14:55 to play, it seemed the streak would come to its conclusion. Casey Cizikas was never informed and netted the equalizer with just 4:28 to play and, things were headed to overtime.

Despite both squads having chances neither could solve the tie game riddle so, off the shootout they would go. In an absolute marathon, it took nine rounds until Oliver Wahlstrom solved the riddle and sent Philly to defeat.

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Philadelphia snake bit much? They have now dropped to 0-16 in Shoot Out tries. Carter Hart stopped 28 of 31 New York shots with an additional 8 in the shoot-out. For the Islanders, Semyon Varlamov one-upped Hart with his 31 saves off 33 chances with 9 in the extravaganza shoot out

Team Philadelphia bypasses their record of two eight losing streaks set in 2006-07 when they finished with a dismal 24-48- 12 record. Kevin Hayes is expected to be disabled for at least four weeks. Philadelphia has not posted a victory since December 29 in Seattle. For the Flyers the beat goes on.

“It’s hard to sit here when you’re in a losing streak like this and feel good about progress, but we have no other choice but to keep getting better,” Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

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.

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