The Philadelphia Flyers took on the New York Islanders on Thursday night and dropped yet another game after scoring just one goal and falling by a score of 3-1. They played a strong first period but simply couldn’t muster up enough offense yet again.
The game marked the triumphant return of Shayne Gostisbehere, whose controversial benching is finally over.
Gostisbehere wasted no time making an impact, outmuscling the opposition here and clearing the zone after some good body and puck work.
He was fearless, blocking a shot here and staying the lane to block another would-be shot before hobbling off of the ice. He stayed in the game.
Radko Gudas tossed the body, as usual.
Wayne Simmonds scored the game’s first goal after Gostisbehere waited for a lane and fired the puck towards the net. Ghost plays and the Flyers actually score a goal, imagine that!
The goal was reviewed because mostly uncoordinated Brayden Schenn got bumped into the net and knocked it off, but the goal was confirmed. The net was still on when it crossed the goal line.
Hey Wayne, did you miss Shayne Gostisbehere?
The lead didn’t last too long, as John Tavares scored a power play goal of his own to tie the game at one.
The Islanders took the lead with this lapse by Gudas on the backend.
The fourth line had a “duh!” moment as well as they all almost collided over top of a loose puck.
There was some contact at the blue line before the Islanders put the nail in the coffin with this ugly goal.
Mason couldn’t get his pad over in time. Whether it was user error or something with the new pads along the ice not being as efficient (as it kind of looks like), this one was definitely stoppable.
Mase got cross checked in the neck after Mark Streit threw one of his own.
Shayne and Wayne both came to the defense of Mase.
Simmonds was not a happy camper.
At least we still have Ivan Provorov?
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