With the league pause still dragging on, why not go through and rewatch some of the best Flyers games from this season?
In a long season, there are a lot of games that could stick out for one reason or another. With NHL TV allowing fans to watch games for free, now is the perfect time to go back through the Flyers season. But what games should you make sure to have on your list?
We’ve got five games, ranked by date, that would be perfect to binge during this hiatus. Included with each summary are links as to where you can find each game. We have also included our game summaries as well.
October 4th: Flyers open season overseas
The Flyers headed to the Czech Republic for this one as they opened up the season in Prague. They would take on the Blackhawks as a part of the NHL’s Global Series. While a season-opening victory is enough of a reason to watch, it’s not the only one.
Travis Konecny, in what could be looked at as foreshadowing for his career season, grabbed two goals in the game.
October 9th: Carter Hart’s first career shutout
It’s crazy to think that Carter Hart didn’t have a shutout during his first season. He came close on a few occasions but took until his second season to achieve the feat. And it wouldn’t be easy for him in this one.
While the final score makes the game seem like a blowout, Hart’s save on Taylor Hall late in the second period is a huge reason the team won the game. Though they were up 1-0, Couturier and Hayes took back to back penalties to give the Devils a key 5-on-3. If Hart doesn’t make that save, who knows what happens.
October 26th: Kevin Hayes shorthanded prowess
This had blowout loss written all over it. Brian Elliott did not have his best stuff. The Flyers were down 4-2 in the third period and it was beginning to feel like they wouldn’t be able to overcome their goaltending.
Never say never, though, right? The Flyers fired off five unanswered goals in the third period to overwhelm the Blue Jackets in a 7-4 victory. And then did it in all aspects of the game. Konecny scored on the power-play and Kevin Hayes grabbed a shorthanded goal. Two were scored at even strength while the Flyers also scored with the empty net. It was a complete effort that a Flyers team of the past may not have withstood.
January 13th: Brad Marchand forgets the puck
We would be remiss to not include this game on the list for a very obvious reason. We don’t get to the shootout without the Flyers crazy comeback, though. The Flyers had to come back from various deficits, none bigger than the 5-2 one they were dealt in the second period. But three unanswered goals capped on by the insane persistence of Travis Sanheim.
And while Connor Bunnaman grabbed his first NHL goal in the game, it wasn’t the biggest moment from the game. Nor was it Konecny scoring the only goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Brad Marchand had to score to keep the game going. He tried, except he forgot the puck on his attempt. He did touch it though, just grazing his stick over the top enough to slightly move the puck.
February 20th: Hayes wears the belt
It is hard to top the Marchand blunder, but Hayes’ celebration after his overtime goal is a good place to start. It’s not even necessarily the goal that is the best part, though it was a nice goal. Take a look at the post-goal sequence. You have Hayes celebrating by simulation himself putting on a championship belt. You also have Konecny sliding in, yelling some kind of obscenities at one of the Blue Jackets.
It capped off a home-and-home sweep of the Blue Jackets. Columbus actually had the early lead in this one. Nick Foligno would score a beauty of a goal to put the team up 2-0 in the first. Konecny would answer that with his own weird goal. The Flyers would come back from a 3-1 deficit as well to force the overtime.