Alex Lyon is an animal.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender put himself on the map with his 94-save performance last Wednesday night, and that was just the tip of the iceberg for Lyon. The netminder put up incredible numbers in the second round series against Charlotte.
Lyon opened the series with a clutch performance in Game 1. He made 29 saves on 30 shots, including a 15-for-15 2nd period in the 2-1 win. He then got a game off as the Phantoms turned to Dustin Tokarski in Game 2 for their only loss of the series.
They went back to Lyon in Game 3, and they rode him the rest of the way.
Lyon made 34 saves on 35 shots in Game 3 en route to a 5-1 win. That included a barrage of Checkers’ shots in the 3rd period when the Phantoms were outshot 19-2, but outscored the Checkers 1-0.
Then it was the headliner. Lyon made 94 saves over the course of 146 minutes and 48 seconds of playing time in the Game 4 five-overtime thriller. Lyon made double-digit saves in each of the seven full periods, and made six more in the first seven minutes of the fifth overtime. The Phantoms were outshot 48-23 in the first four overtimes, including 12-1 in the third extra frame, but Lyon came up huge.
Oh yeah, that came the night after he made 34 saves, including 19 in the 3rd period, in Game 3.
Over the course of eight periods of hockey in 30 hours, Lyon made 128 saves on 130 shots. That is a .985 save percentage. That is insane.
After two days of much-deserved rest, Lyon made 27 more saves (on 28 shots) in the Game 5 win to clinch the series.
Lyon went 4-0 and allowed just one goal in each of his four starts in the series. He made 184 saves on 188 shots in the series (.979 save percentage) with a 0.73 goals against average.
Alex Lyon surprised some when he won a few games for the Flyers late in the season, and he’s continuing that strong play with the Phantoms. He has become a legend of sorts and will have a long career because of it.
The Phantoms will look to Lyon to stop the Marlies in the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto was the best team in the regular season and the Phantoms will need to do all they can to slow them down.
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