By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
Phialdelphia is celebrating the jersey retirement of Eric Lindros, but there’s important work to be done. The Flyers need to right the ship after a disastrous effort versus the Rangers just two days ago. Goulbourne finds his way back into the lineup and Neuvirth starts in net for only the second time since November 28th.
Lindros: Eric Lindros’ jersey retirement ceremony opened with a touching video package, then a great highlight reel, accompanied by Kid Rock’s Bawitdaba, because the NHL has to remind us that the All-Star game is coming. Paul Holmgren gave a speech and welcomed Lindros to the podium. Lindros acknowledged the fans standing ovation and gave a speech thanking former teammates, coaches, management, and his family for helping him along the way.
First period: The first period was 50/50 hockey at its best. Neither team was too impressive, each only producing a handful of chances. The Flyers drew a late powerplay as Hyman went to the box for tripping. Though it was an impressive powerplay, including a phenomenal keep by Gostisbehere, it didn’t yield any results. Nolan Patrick was very noticeable (in a good way) during the first period.
Second period: The Flyers reverted to their sloppy play from the Rangers game. They showed no energy and let multiple Leafs get under their skin. Toronto’s goals came from Brown who scored on, you guessed it, a breakway. Gauthier piled on just 33 seconds later. The goal was not reviewed after a close offsides no-call.
Third period: The Flyers followed up an awful second period with a tremendous third, erasing a two-goal deficit. The first goal was scored by Nolan Patrick on a filthy wraparound. The second was courtesy of Simmonds shorthanded from a great pass by Filppula. Neuvirth made multiple five-star saves to keep the game tied late in the period.
Overtime: Neuvirth made a big stop on Matthews and Couturier buries a great pass from Konecny for the win in just 18 seconds.
Takeaways: Well, that was interesting. the second period was about as bad as they could’ve possibly played. They turned it around in the third and pulled two points out of the jaws of defeat. On the positive side, they didn’t completely give up once they were down by two.
Three stars of the game
3) Nolan Patrick
2) Sean Couturier
1) Michal Neuvirth
TOR: Brown (Hyman)
TOR: Gauthier (Gardiner, Martin)
PHI: Simmonds (Filppula, MacDonald)
PHI: Couturier (Konecny)
photo credit: cbsphilly.com