By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers look to add to their two game win streak and take revenge for their controversial 6-5 loss nine days ago in Nashville. Jordan Weal is injured so Jori Lehtera makes his Flyers debut.
First period: The game started with a slow back-and-fourth game that saw the Flyers get creative with passes but the Predators defense kept them at bay. *Robert Hagg had a perfect breakup of a 2-on-1*. Multiple penalties were not called against Nashville, including a slash on Gostisbehere and a trip on Raffl. The first penalty was called late in the first, a high sticking in Colton Sissons. The Predators killed it off without too much difficulty. There were only eight faceoffs in the first period, seven of which were won by the Flyers, with Giroux going five-for-five.
Second period: Another deadlock as the second period started. The Flyers finally asserted some pressure on the Preds four minutes in to the second period. Bitetto took the second penalty of the game for Nashville as he went off for tripping. The Flyers managed to put the pressure on the Predators again, but they killed of the penalty. Gudas went to the box on a high sticking call that was sold to perfection by Scott Hartnell. The penalty was killed after great showings from Leier and Sanheim. Nashville started to take control late in the second, until an interference call on Filip Forsberg gave the Flyers a late jump.
Third period: the Preds killed off the one second left on the powerplay. Simmonds took his first shift after taking a stick to the face on the bench late in the second period. Colton Sissons scored after an offensive zone breakdown by the Flyers. Predators continued to turn the screws as they firmly took control of the period after the goal, as the Preds defense broke up the Flyers passing lanes. A late hooking call on Miikka Salomaki gave the Flyers hope, until Simmonds took a bad penalty 30 seconds later. Both penalties were killed and Rinne made a big save on Couturier to keep the Preds in the lead. The Flyers pulled Neuvirth with a minute and thirty seconds left and a late penalty on Arvidsson with 1:06 left gave the Flyers hope, but a powerplay with no urgency and an awful pass to no one by Couturier sealed the fate of the Flyers attempt at revenge.
Takeaways: The Flyers hung with the Western Conference Champions for more than half of this game. A great showing from the young defensemen Robert Hagg and Travis Sanheim are encouraging signs for the future.
Three Stars of the Game:
3) Michal Neuvirth
2) Colton Sissons
1) Pekka Rinne
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