Things get wild in Minnesota for the Philadelphia Flyers. What started as Hockey Night in St. Paul quickly turned into Fight night. Three fights happened within just 16 seconds on the game clock. Somehow, they were not at all connected with one another and happened with a completely different combination of players on the ice. These teams came to scrap.
The Flyers (20-21-9) have dropped three straight games, with the last two coming in OT. They are 1-8 in overtime and 4-4-8 when entering the third period in a tied game. The Tortorella lead team lost to the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, Thursday night.
The first fight was a slobber knocker between Minnesotas’ Ryan Reaves, Philly big man, and former Wild Nicolas Deslauriers. Two well-known tough guys in the NHL. Both held their own for more than 40 seconds. Fists flew from both sides, but it seemed to be Reaves who delivered more hard rights.
After the two enforcers went to the penalty box, it took only 15 seconds for another fight to break out. This set of fisticuff did not last nearly as long as the first one. After a couple of seconds of sizing each other up, Wade Allison pinned Mason Shaw to the boards, and in one swing, he took down the Minnesota left winger.
Just one second after the puck was dropped for the faceoff after Shaw and Allison were separated, Marcus Foligno and Zack MacEwen dropped the night’s last two sets of gloves. After a flurry of haymakers from both players, MacEwen was brought down to his knees. This is not the first time these have come to blows during their career.
Ryan Reaves, Mason Shaw, and Marcus Foligno all received fighting majors in the first period against Philadelphia, marking the 10th time in Wild’s history the team has received three-or-more fighting majors in a single period.
To the Hockey Portion of the Night
The scoring started with Noah Cates scoring on a tip-in from 11 feet away with 14:46 left in the 1st period. Rasmus Ristolainen with the assist. The Flyers are up 1-0 on the Wild. Minnesota strikes next in the second period. Matt Boldy scores on a wrist shot from 10 feet away with 16:21 left in the 2nd period. Marcus Foligno and Jared Spurgeon with the assists. The game is tied at one.
The Flyers were zero for three on the power play in St.Paul. In a 1-1 tie game, The Flyers nearly went ahead on a third-period man advantage. Marc-Andre Fleury and a defensive pile-up in front of the net kept the puck out. Less than two minutes later, Minnesota scored on its own power-play goal.
With his 2nd goal of the game, Matt Boldy scores on a tip-in from 9 feet away with 15:12 left in the 3rd period. Assists came from Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, allowing the Wild to seize the 2-1 lead.
The Flyers tied the game in regulation with a Tony DeAngelo score. He rips a wrist shot from 35 feet away with 01:28 left in the 3rd period. Kevin Hayes with the apple on the scoring play. On to the dreaded OT for Philly. Minnesota Wild win with an overtime goal to seal the fate of the Flyers. Mats Zuccarello scores on a wrist shot from 15 feet away with 02:52 left in the OT period. Calen Addison with an assist and Matt Boldy racked up the points. Minnesota comes to Philadelphia on March 23. I am sure things will get wild in South Philly.
Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.