The Flyers emerged with a desperately needed 5-3 victory against its rivals from Exit 15E on Tuesday night. Please check out the PSB Postgame to get the game recap and relive the triumph.
Here are three subplots to look for going into the back end of the series with the Devils.
Flyers v. Devils: Three Storylines
P.K. & P.P.-ROVY
The Flyers had one penalty on Tuesday night…ONE PENALTY.
On the other hand, the Devils kept the league officials occupied throughout the night with a parade of six penalties – led by star defenseman P.K. Subban who achieved consecutive interference and tripping calls within minutes of each other in the 2nd stanza.
Top notch P.K.!
Meanwhile, the Flyers picked a heck of a night to find some confidence in its power play. After looking like a pre-Gordon Bombay coached District-5 team for much of their man-up opportunities in Boston. Ivan Provorov (1 G – 2 PPA) and James van Riemsdyk (2 PPG) connected on consecutive point shot tip-ins to give the Flyers an early 2-0 lead.
The top-unit of Provy, JVR, Jake, G, and Hayes were in control the entire evening – providing strong looks, creative passes, executing set plays, and ZONE TIME! Overall an enormous improvement from the previous weeks’ PP opportunities.
The Devils did clean up their play in the back half of the game. However, if they storm the penalty box again, look for the Flyers’ newly poised and effective top-unit to capitalize.
NO NEED TO CALL THE GHOST-BUSTER
Shayne Gostisbehere made his season debut after a two-week Covid-tine, and the results were… cautious optimism??
Ghost was on the top pairing with Ivan Provorov and tallied just under 22 minutes, 3-SOG, and a +2 rating – and most importantly, seemed to play well with Provy. He did have some “interesting” moments, specifically with turnovers and flubbed clears that almost made my “dry January” come to an abrupt end.
While we may never see the Ghost of Flyers Past – there is no doubt the man can still play at a very high level even after multiple knee surgeries.
The question is… for how long?
We saw some glimpses of greatness in the 2020 playoffs for a game. Then watched it disappear the next. Like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football, are we ready to believe this time he will actually connect?
DAMN YOU LUCY…this is all your fault.
Thursday night’s game may not give us all the answers, but at the very least, the Flyers can see if Ghost can string together consecutive strong games and buy some time for Phil Myers to get healthy to provide viable depth on the blue line.
THE HART-BREAK KID RETURNS
Heyyyyy Carterrrr… how you feeling buddy??
The last time we saw the Flyers netminder, he was repeatedly testing the durability of his stick after a 6-1 gashing the Bruins’ hands.
Fans all felt it…
Carter did it.
Hart has a Zen-type aura around him that keeps him calm in the moment and allows for a short memory. An impressive feat for any professional to have – especially a 22-year-old. This is why that Hextall-esc explosion may be the wake-up moment this Flyers team – and Carter Hart himself – needed heading into this series with the Devils.
Brian Elliott has played admirably in his two games so far this season, and Moose certainly would have deserved another start should AV given the nod – but Hart is back in.
How does Carter respond? Does his team use the momentum from Tuesday night’s victory and the experience of watching their unshakeable young goalie get shook to give a better effort in their zone?
Carter Hart is back on big stage and we will find out.
Flyers Devils Rematch – 7pm Thursday.
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