How SWEEP it is, as the Flyers take both games of a back-to-back series against the Islanders at home. Another rollercoaster ride as the Flyers blew a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period only to win it on the powerplay in overtime. The Flyers almost literally watched the Islanders come roaring back, like Claude Giroux on Matt Barzal’s tying goal, where Giroux just drifted lazily, watching the Isles forward tie it up. That can’t happen—another solid performance in goal by Brian Elliott stopping 33 shots. Elliott kept them in the game once again. Joel Farabee netted a hat trick, and Kevin Hayes won it.
Flyers v. Islanders: Three Takeaways
The Flyers continue to have bad lapses in the defensive zone and neutral zone. However, they continue to battle through and win games; quite frankly, they shouldn’t win. I don’t think this can continue long term if the Flyers want to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Flyers are constantly getting outshot through most of the first 10 games this season. Hopefully, they will fix this, as the forwards need to come back on the play. Travis Sanheim just moved the puck ever so slightly past the blue line with no Flyers nearby on the Islanders’ second goal. The Islanders came flying in the zone and tallied off the lazy miscue.
The Flyers are getting balanced goal scoring early on in the season, which bolds well for any team looking to make a playoff run. Kevin Hayes, Joel Farabee, and JVR all have five goals. All have played solid thus far. JVR, with a net-front presence, is becoming tough to move out from the net, especially on the power play. Joel Farabee came out guns a-blazing in the first game of the season vs. Pittsburgh getting one goal three assists. He then went a tad bit cold but came up big time in the Flyers’ huge overtime win. Kevin Hayes! What more can you say about him? He’s easily becoming the Flyers’ top forward with well-balanced goals and assists. Hayes is another player who loves the front of the net but can also score from anywhere, as he did in OT with a high slot beauty.
What more can you say about the duo in net for the Flyers? Carter Hart and Brain Elliott both have respectively carried the Flyers in key moments in the first ten games of the season. Elliott is now 3-0 on the year and has looked solid in all three of his starts. Carter Hart is clearly the #1 netminder in Philly and for the long term, but in this Covid shortened 56 game season, both goalies will get a ton of work as the team will play 3-4 games a week most of the time. It’s really refreshing, especially as a Flyers fan, that we have a young #1 goalie in Carter Hart and a veteran backup in Brian Elliott. This bodes well for the Flyers having not one but two goalies you can pencil in at any time.
Nothing is perfect in any season or life in general. That being said, you are witnessing that with the Flyers so far on the year. Moments that scratch your head and make you jump off the couch with poor play to solid play and moments make you think this team can go to the Stanley Cup Finals. A 7-2-1 record through the first 10 games with up and down team play is actually scary good for the Flyers. If they can clean up some of their clear evident lapses, this team can be deadly. With four straight wins, the Flyers keep up the momentum and look to get some payback as they will face the Boston Bruins Wednesday and Friday this upcoming week.
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