The Philadelphia Flyers went in Toronto on a roll and were looking to solidify themselves in the wild card race. However, that would not be the case. A strong start gave way to a disappointing game and a late push wasn’t enough for the orange and black.
Wayne Simmonds was ready to stay hot against the Maple Leafs.
And Michal Neuvirth prepared for a crucial start.
The boys were ready for battle.
Radko Gudas set the tone early with a hit on Auston Matthews.
And then the Flyers struck!
Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot on the power play was tipped home by Wayne Simmonds.
What a blast.
Yep, Simmer got it.
Simmonds then did a great job on the penalty kill, killing off a solid 15 seconds.
Unfortunately the Maple Leafs got it right back on their power play chance.
The Flyers had a few great chances later in the period, but Jake Voracek’s shot was blocked.
Travis Konecny dipped and dangled into the offensive one, but it was all for naught.
Chris VandeVelde called for a one-timer, and flubbed it.
The teams headed into the locker room tied at one goal a piece after twenty minutes of play.
The Flyers came out hot early in the second, but Valtteri Filppula’s deflection rang off the pipe just seconds into the period.
Neuvirth sealed the post after an Andrew MacDonald turnover.
Shayne Gostisbehere made a sneaky good play behind his own net.
And another good play from Ghost.
He was doing it all, as he walked the line to get a puck on net.
The Flyers benefited from the iron after it thwarted them earlier in the period.
But then Tyler Bozak stripped Couturier of the puck and sniped one.
Brayden Schenn laid the boom on William Nylander.
The Flyers had a few late period chances yet again, but were stopped.
And Michal Neuvirth made one more solid save with seconds left in the period.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Leafs looked to add to their lead early in the third, but Neuvirth stood tall.
Claude Giroux nearly scored on a one-timer.
He gave it his all.
But then the Leafs had a power play of their own, and they quickly converted. Mitch Marner sniped one.
Shayne Gostisbehere gave the Flyers life with a blast.
But it wasn’t enough as the Leafs then scored an empty netter to put the icing on the cake.
Ivan Provorov was still giving it his all, though. Never change, Provy.
When you realize Andrew MacDonald is being used as a top-pair defenseman.
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Sons of Penn Radio (January 23rd)
On this week of SOP Radio, we celebrate a thrilling overtime victory, discuss Dave Hakstol’s coaching decisions, and forecast potential trade opportunities and prospect development.