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The Philadelphia Flyers were handed a 3-2 shootout loss today at the hands of the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon.
Poor puck management was really at the root of today’s loss as Philadelphia often had difficulty cleanly moving the puck. Despite this, the Flyers carried play through the latter portion of the contest but old shootout woes came back to haunt them.
The Flyers received goals from Brayden Schenn (10th) and Wayne Simmonds (12th) in the losing effort. Simmonds’ goal came on a seamless passing sequence executed by Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, tying the game at two.
Philadelphia’s play improved as the game trudged along and one could say that the Flyers played the better game, but poor puck management and Henrik Lundqvist really seemed to be the difference in the end. With the loss, the Flyers now have points in five straight games.
Losing goaltender Steve Mason had a decent day, although I’m sure the first Ranger goal is one he’d like to have back. Mason turned away 29 of 31 shots in the loss and now has a record of 10-10-6 for the season.
Here are your game notes:
The defensive paring of Shayne Gostisbehere and Evgeny Medvedev were among those who struggled with the puck today. Ghostisbehere’s split-second indiscretion with the puck at times allowed the Rangers attackers to get in on the fore-check quickly as their wasn’t much room for the 22 year-old to do what he does best.
The young defensemen did make some plays out there, however, which included alertly breaking up a Rangers rush that led to a mini breakaway in the second period. Ultimately, Ghostisbehere will still need to learn how to work through this at the NHL level and the only way that can be done is to continually run him back out onto the ice after a mistake. Coach Dave Hakstol and his staff have done that thus far.
Medvedev’s game also had its fair share of rough patches as well.
Medvedev wasn’t directly responsible for a goal against today, but his coverage at times was shoddy and his usually smart decision-making with the puck just didn’t seem to be there.
Similarly to the day Ghost had, nothing Medvedev did was an outright glaring mistake but he just seemed to have a rough day when the puck was on his stick.
The club will get an opportunity to quickly get back into the swing of things tomorrow, when they’ll be hosted by the Detroit Red Wings.