Breaking Down Hartnell's Recent Power Play Surge

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The final example comes from the same period:

Simmonds had just gathered the puck after taking a shot on Thomas. He passes the puck to Giroux strikingly similar to the play ran against the Devils a day before.


As soon as Giroux gets the puck Hartnell knows exactly where to go. YET AGAIN all four defenders and Tim Thomas lock their eyes on number 28, leaving Hartnell free to skate inside of the box.


The lane for Giroux to get the puck to Hartnell is shocking because of how good the Boston penality kill has been this season. You would think that Claude Julien would have had at least one defender keeping an eye on Hartnell the entire time. The only thing that is different about this goal from the first power play goal of the game from Hartsy was that Thomas actually sees the pass from Giroux to Hartnell.


However, Hartnell knows that Thomas is going to drop down in the butterfly so he fires the puck high over Thomas’ shoulder and into the back of the net. It was his third straight goal of the game and gave the Flyers their first lead against Boston since opening night.

This play isn’t full proof however. In fact against the Panthers on Tuesday night the Flyers ran this in the 2nd period, but Scott Clemmensen stoned Hartnell, something that few goaltenders can say that they have done lately.

The next time that the Flyers are on the power play and this line is out on the ice keep an eye on Giroux, but don’t forget to watch Hartnell like everyone else seems to be.


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