Flyers beat Red Wings and Islanders with overtime heroics

Playing games quicker than I can get here and blog, the Flyers continue to win games in dramatic fashion this season. On Wednesday night after falling behind 2-0, Philadelphia managed to stage yet another comeback that eventually ended with an odd man rush led by Claude Giroux. The captain made a brilliant pass cross-ice to Jake Voracek for the game winner. Last night, the Flyers uncharacteristically led the game after a sharp breakaway feed from Radko Gudas to Travis Konecny for the score. The club blew the lead, but salvaged the game in the shootout after that. Here’s some takeaway from the contest:
1) The Flyers are….good at shootouts?
Philadelphia has played in two shootouts this season and in some rare occurrence, the club has won both. I really can’t figure out why that is, as the team usually uses the same group of players in the shootout every time they play in one. In past years, the Flyers have had what a lot people felt were more talented lineups and haven’t had as much success in shootouts. In recent shootouts, Coach Hakstol has tried Nick Cousins, Jake Voracek, and Claude Giroux in some order over the last two seasons. They have had some success with that order so we’ll likely see it continue.
2) Michal Neuvirth improving his play
During the Flyers three game win streak, the club has gone with Neuvirth in goal and while he hasn’t been spectacular like he was at times last season, he has made some key saves during the streak. In last night contest with the Isles, Neuvy was beaten cleanly five hole on a Dennis Seidenberg shot that was stoppable. Philadelphia picked him up after that scoring late to tie the game and Neuvirth picked them up with a strong shootout performance. He’s been serviceable to this point and as we’ve seen in the past, is capable of being better.
3) After tough stretch of games, being 6-5-1 not all that bad
Between injury, suspension and playing 12 games in 21 days, the fact that the Flyers navigated all of that to one game over 500. is definitely a good thing. Once the team is finally healthy, I’d expect the Flyers to start playing better and more consistently. The Flyers are unique spot of having some proven commodities on the team in addition to having really young players playing big minutes for the team. That’s why some of the mistakes made in games look so glaring; some of the young players on the team may make a mistake that others on the ice didn’t anticipate. That’s bound to happen, but as this team has shown over the last few seasons, their resiliency is the best trait. That likely means the team is poised to win plenty of games this season.

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