The Flyers pulled off a shootout win on Sunday night against the Devils.
Did they deserve the win based on the 60-min body of work?
But hockey is a game of momentum and confidence, both of which swung in the Flyers’ favor for about 90-seconds. Captain Claude Giroux netted two goals in 22-seconds with Brian Elliot pulled to tie the game.
The Flyers eventually won the shootout in six rounds to deliver the Devils their 10th straight loss.
Escaped game one of this weeklong series with a W, but the Flyers and Devils head up to a beautiful spring day in downtown Newark for a rematch.
Flyers vs. Devils: Three Storylines
Except for odd-man situations and shootout goals, the Flyers’ offense was simply dismal on Sunday night.
The energy, the execution, the zone time, and results reeked of a team that did not care.
There were some bright spots, Giroux for the last 90-seconds, Laughton in the face-off circle, and Allison with an honest effort.
But the lines and lineup as a whole were not clicking:
- Jake was on his ass most of the night
- Hayes/Coots look like they were skating on quaaludes
- TK was muscled off the puck
- Patrick and Lindblom brought neither energy nor checking to the fourth line
The well has dried up in terms of consistent scoring over the past two games.
Going into the rematch tonight, the coaching staff will hopefully juggle the lines – yet again – to find something that can get some sustained zone pressure and scoring opportunities.
Egor to Play
The in-season tryouts continue as defenseman Egor Zamula gets the nod for his NHL debut tonight.
The 21-year-old Russian is listed at 6’3” 177LB; a strong hockey IQ, aggressive, fast, and good stick skills.
Is seems the two things missing in his game are
- Experience at the NHL level (duh!) to sharpen his decision-making skills
- Filling out that 6’3” frame, which will likely be the focus over the summer
Practice lines Monday had him paired with Travis Sanheim, who has a similar frame (6’3” 181LB) and arguably the Flyers 2nd best defenseman right now.
It will be exciting to get another young player into the lineup to see how he responds. Even one or two games can give our young comrade a taste of what is expected in the NHL.
Big night for Egor and the future of the blue-line.
Captain Claude Giroux moved up the ranks of the Flyers all-time points list, passing Brian Propp for third place.
Stats and records are for the fans.
What was impressive about Claude on Sunday night and throughout the season is he is one of very few players that clearly WANTS to win.
The Flyers have skill, we saw it last year, but this roster has complacency in poor play and losses.
GM Chuck Fletcher said at the trade deadline that he would use the remainder of the season to evaluate the team. If we are going off effort alone since then – G, Provy, Elliott might be the only passing grades.
Two goals in 22-seconds and then nets a shootout goal; let’s hope that kind of performance from the team leader can inspire more players to show up tonight.
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