The Philadelphia Flyers stumbled and blew a 2 goal lead before scoring a late OT winner to beat the Winnipeg Jets and keep their playoff position
Nothing in this Philadelphia Flyers season quite goes to plan, but here we are. The Flyers came out with a good push, although neither team scored in the first period. Once the second period rolled around, the Flyers looked to finally gain control with a 2-0 lead, before it all came crashing down.
The Mark Scheifele line tortured the Flyers all night, and accounted for 2 goals to bring the game back to a tie. The Flyers maintained an edge in possession, but there were nervous moments nearly every time the Scheifele line came out. The Flyers safely banked a point by getting to overtime, and just when it looked like it would go to a shootout, Giroux scored a goal for a 3-2 victory. With the win, the Flyers hold onto the final playoff spot by virtue of a game-in-hand over the Red Wings.
[Mouse-over image for goal details]
- The Couturier line got by far the toughest matchup against the Scheifele line. The Scheifele created havoc every time they were on the ice, as the 3 forwards combined for 15 shots on goal. The Couturier line could’ve survived this matchup without yielding a goal, had Voracek not made a bad centering pass when both Schultz and Streit were going low into the zone.
- Claude Giroux bounced back from his possible concussion with a 2-point night, including the exciting game winner. He even led the Flyers in shots on goal with 5.
- The Cousins line got softer line matchups, but did extremely well in them. Cousins was very feisty as well, throwing 5 hits.
- The Flyers won 67% of faceoffs, as Couturier and Cousins both won over 60% of their draws and Giroux did well, as always.
- On this night, Hakstol decided to give Streit and Schultz most of the ice time against the formidable Scheifele line. Their numbers suffered for it.
- On the other hand, Streit did get some pay off for his frequent contributions in the offensive zone. He converted a slick Couturier pass perfectly.
- Ghost had the fewest 5v5 minutes of all defensemen, and shows only 1 shot on goal. That misses an attempt off the crossbar, as well as a fantastic play and an assist on the game winner. He is such a tremendous player in the 3v3, and he also seems quite willing to dive on the ice to good effect.
- Radko Gudas: 12 shot attempts (5 on goal), 3 hits, 6 blocked shots, most 5v5 defense minutes. In other words, just another night for Gudas this season.