Well, that’s one way to lose a hockey game.
The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Nashville Predators 6-5 on Tuesday night after a brutal series of events led to a collapse towards the end of the third period. It started with Dale Weise, who was given a two-minute penalty while entering the offensive zone. Then Andrew MacDonald got two for tripping during the delayed call before Weise even had a chance to get in the box.
The Predators scored on the 5-on-3, but Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol challenged the play for offsides. The call was confirmed, and the Flyers were assessed another two minute minor for the failed challenged.
Nashville scored on the ensuing 5-on-3, jumping ahead with just over 30 seconds remaining in the game and winning the epic back and forth battle. The Flyers are not happy with how things played out down the stretch, but whether that anger stems from their own play, the penalty calls themselves, the rule change for failed challenges, the non-overturned call on that challenge or their coach’s decision to challenge at all is hard to tell.
Weise was clearly upset with the outcome, although he played a part in the meltdown.
Hakstol also wasn’t pleased, mouthing a few choice words to officials during the game and revealing that he was surprised it wasn’t overturned after the game. Several players also reportedly slammed and punched doors after the game too, and Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux both destroyed their sticks on the crossbar in Nashville.
Some Flyers slamming and punching doors as they get to locker room. Understandably furious.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) October 11, 2017
Here’s Hakstol’s greeting to the officials.
And Couturier shattering his stick after the go-ahead goal.
Giroux blowing his up on the crossbar after the final horn.
And the aftermath of the explosion.
The Flyers are rightfully pissed that they let this one slip from their grasp. But their anger should be pointed at a teammate or two and their head coach for the decision to basically risk it all on a very inconclusive replay, at the very best.
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