The Flyers have had it rough the last couple of weeks. After their win over the Washington Capitals on February 7th, COVID-related issues kept the Flyers off the ice until the 18th.
Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, and Justin Braun are all still on the COVID-19 list. The team missed them greatly on Thursday and Sunday.
One player that stood out despite all the absences was Joel Farabee.
On Thursday, with just 1:14 remaining in the game and the team trailing 2-1, Farabee crashed the net hard after the puck pin-balled its way to the front of the net. Farabee would sneak it under the five-hole and give the Flyers one point, as they would go on to lose to the New York Rangers in the shootout.
Then the Flyers traveled all the way to Lake Tahoe for their outdoor game against the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Farabee scored an early goal in the first period after Sean Couturier banked one of the end boards. Crashing hard, Farabee corralled the puck, lost his edge, and shot it all within a blink of an eye. The puck somehow found the back of the net, tying the game at one apiece.
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Farabee was also the second youngest Flyer to score in an outdoor game. Brayden Schenn was just 229 days younger when he scored in the 2012 Winter Classic. Farabee currently leads the Flyers in goals with 8, which matches his total from last year. He played 52 games last year and has played just 15 games this year.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t play the Bruins by himself. Philadelphia lost the game 7-3. At least the views were cool!
This week the Flyers will head back from Nevada to face the Rangers at home on Wednesday before hitting the road to face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and Sunday. Philadelphia really needs to get at least four out of six possible points this week. Some players to watch will be James van Riemsdyk, who notched his 500th career point on Sunday, as well as Sean Couturier, who has six points in his three games back from injury.