The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 5-4 on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Before the action, the Flyers celebrated their 50th anniversary by bringing in legends of every era in a pregame ceremony for the ages.
Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber, Mark Howe and so many others were honored before the contest. Eric Lindros and John LeClair, included.
And the man with the plan Ron Hextall was too, of course.
Now this is vintage. Sean Couturier threw an old fashioned hip check.
Steve Mason didn’t get much help in this sequence, stopping three straight shots.
He couldn’t stop this one, though, after getting no help from his defensemen.
Or this one, where Max Domi cuts through the slot untouched and helps the puck find its way to the net.
Giroux started the second period with a hell of a back check.
And then Nick Cousins got the Flyers on the board by slamming home the rebound in his first game back as the third-line center.
He celebrated as well as he always does.
Former Flyer Ryan White got a penalty for this play. It looks like Cousins did a little bit of acting to get the call.
He didn’t want to hear about it, though.
The Coyotes put the puck in the net, but they deemed there was goalie inference on the play.
And fans were hype.
This counted as a goal somehow.
Dave Hakstol was not happy about it.
This one also counted as gloves were being dropped at center ice after a huge hit by Schenn.
And then Ryan White scored this goal from a sharp angle to make it 5-3.
Wayne Simmonds scored to make it 5-4, but it was too little too late.
You can tell by his celly. All business.
The Flyers are back in action on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Let’s hope it’s a better all-around effort.
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