I’m not sure what’s in the water that the Flyers have been drinking lately, but they better be serving it up all year next season. The Flyers effectively shut down the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-0 victory on Saturday afternoon. It’s the second shutout of the season for Carter Hart and the fifth of his career.
First of all, you gotta give a lot of credit in this one to the defensive unit. Detroit had seven man advantages….SEVEN! And they failed to convert a single one of them. The Red Wings outshot Philadelphia 29 to 22 and failed to find the back of the net once. It’s the second loss in a row for Detroit while the Flyers have earned a point in five straight games; a season high.
The game was scoreless after one period. In the second period, Owen Tippett and Scott Laughton led an attack against Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Nedeljkovic was able to deflect their first few shots, but Kieffer Bellows, skating near the net, grabbed a rebound from a shot by Tippett and put the biscuit in the basket for the first score of the game.
In the final 30 seconds of the second period, Laughton found the back of the net as well. After causing a turnover, Laughton skated down the boards and deked Nedeljkovic away with a faked shot. He then fired a shot past Nedeljkovic to put the Flyers up 2-0. The final score of the game came from rookie sensation Tyson Foerster on anempty net shot to close the game out. Foerster was also fourth in terms of minutes played, as a forward, behind only Tippett, Noah Cates, and Joel Farabee.
Again, Hart was sensational and had his best game of the year. He faced a lot of shots and his teammates could’ve let him down with all of the penalties they were taking. However, he stood tall and held the fort down.
The momentum the Flyers are carrying right now is surprising. They have one more game on this homestand on Tuesday vs Montreal.