That’s all folks: Game 82

At long last, the 2018-2019 season has come and gone, with the Philadelphia Flyers playing their last game of the regular season last night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Prior to the game starting, the Flyers held their team awards. This was a nice little pick-me-up after the rough spot the team has been in lately. Andrew MacDonald was awarded the Yanick Dupree award, given to the Flyer with the most respect, dignity, and character on and off the ice. The Barry Ashbee trophy, awarded to the most outstanding defenseman, went to Radko Gudas. Travis Sanheim walked away with the Pelle Lindbergh trophy for most improved player. But the real winner of the night was Sean Couturier, awarded both the Gene Hart award, for the player who demonstrates the most “heart,” and Most Valuable Player.

Despite the celebrations beforehand, the outcome of the game was far from what both players and fans wanted.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Flyers has a slow start, with a starting line up of van Riemsdyk-Knight-Voracek, Hägg and Friedman on defense, and Carter Hart in goal. The Flyers played on their heels but of course, Hart made some big stops early to bail out their poor play to keep the game scoreless. Despite Hart’s valiant efforts, hockey is a team sport and Hart isn’t Superman. A shot went high and Hart scrambled to recover but wasn’t quick enough as Carolina’s Foegele makes it 1-0 Canes.

The game progressed with a lot of time spent at center ice, and after a lot of back and forth play, the Canes then made it 2-0 with a goal from Justin Faulk.

The Flyers then shook things up as Oskar Lindblom scored his 17th goal of the season , on a beautiful setup from Travis Sanheim and Claude Giroux to make it 2-1.

The Flyers let the excitement of a goal get to their heads and quickly fell apart.Poor defensive coverage allowed the Canes to immediately fire back with Teravainen making it 3-1.

The period ended with a shot from Ryan Hartman that couldn’t find the back of the net.

The second period started off with a bang as Travis Konecny buried the puck to make it 3-2. Along with Scott Laughton notched the assist.

The beginning of the second period fared better than the first, with lots of movement in front of the Canes’ net and shots on goal.

The Flyers then headed to the power play after a holding call. The Flyers took their time, set up their offense, and Sean Couturier buried it on a redirect from a Jake Voracek shot to tie up the game at 3-3.

Couturier’s goal created momentum throughout the team, as Carter Hart made some huge saves, diving from post to post.

The momentum died quickly, as the Canes made it 4-3

The momentum returned as Ryan Hartman was handed a 2 minute penalty for interference, a 2 minute penalty for roughing, and a 10 minute misconduct call.

As debated as the Simmonds-Hartman trade was, I personally believe the Flyers won it. Hartman has been where he needs to be, when he needs to be there. His physicality has been felt and respected by fans, teammates, and opposing teams alike. During the game, he had more noticeable shots than many of the other players on the ice, even if he didn’t bury the puck. It’ll come in time. He’s scrappy and he’s fast and I genuinely believe that next season, we’ll truly see the benefits of having him in the orange and black.

The Flyers then successfully survived their four minute penalty kill, even if it wasn’t exactly pleasing to the eye. Radko Gudas left the ice after taking a puck to the knee, but returned later in the game.

The second period ended with 21 shots on goal for Philadelphia, 27 for Carolina.

The third period was uneventful, but the desperation from the Flyers was tangible. They fired shot after shot, but had nothing to show for it. Their desperation turned to sloppiness, which made their dire situation that much worse. They pulled Carter Hart with 1:47 left in regulation, but even an extra attacker couldn’t dig them out.

The final score was 4-3 Canes in Philadelphia.

The season ending has left Flyers fans asking a lot of questions? Does Gordon stay? Does he go? Who do the Flyers hire as head coach? What kind of players do we need to add to the team? Who do we get to fill those roles? These are all valid questions, ones we will be answering on April 12th as Philly is Flyer debuts its brand new all-female podcast, Mother Pucker! Make sure to tune in to hear our thoughts on the future of the Flyers!

Photo Credit: Heather Barry

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