Behind excellent goaltending and a strong penalty kill, the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Arizona Coyotes at Wells Fargo Center this Saturday afternoon, 4-2. The win gives Philadelphia their 28th of the season and with that, the club has climbed within one point of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference for now. As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing the Winnipeg Jets and with a Penguins regulation loss, the Flyers could stay within one point of Pittsburgh; obviously, all eyes now move to the Penguins for the rest of the afternoon.
The Flyers received goals from Scott Laughton (6th), Claude Giroux (17th), Sam Gagner (5th) and Pierre Eduard Bellemare (5th) in the win. Defensemen Mark Streit and Brayden Schenn had themselves multiple-point games as Streit finished the afternoon with 3 assists, while Schenn finished with 2 assists. The Arizona Coyotes’ speed really gave the Flyers difficulty this afternoon but it was a shot-blocking foray from Philadelphia that neutralized the Yotes attackers; the club ended the day with 29 blocks and did an excellent job of getting into shooting lanes. It was in part why the club won today.
Winning goaltender Michal Neuvirth was excellent in goal as he turned away 29 of 31 shots fired his way. Neuvirth did an excellent job of fighting through traffic and screens to identify pucks and was agile enough to redirect shots out of danger when things were really hectic. Neuvirth’s performance in the second period stymied Arizona in this one as the Flyers’ net minder was again the catalyst of the win. He’s the hot hand right now and there really no reason for the Flyers not to ride him during this run.
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Congratulations are in order for Captain Claude Giroux and Mark Streit as both players reached impressive milestones this afternoon. For Giroux, his first period, powerplay goal was for his 500th career point, making him the 10th fastest player in Flyers history to reach such a milestone, according to Philly’s play by play man Jim Jackson. For Streit, he becomes the first Swiss-born player in NHL history to reach the milestone of 400 career points.