The Philadelphia Flyers were in the midst of another bad stretch of hockey and trying to end their 2017 with a win against the best team in hockey. A meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning was certainly not the most ideal situation to end their year and they needed to come out with a jump.
Shayne Gostisbehere realized that they had to play the Lightning tonight.
Jake Voracek got called for a trip, if you want to call it that.
He was not happy.
And, of course, the Lightning scored immediately on the power play.
Valtteri Filppula got called for a hook and put the Flyers back on the penalty kill.
But, Brian Elliott used his head and made a save to deny a chance.
And then made another big save to keep them within a goal. Despite playing his 13th-straight game in net, Elliott came out strong.
It wasn’t the worst period for the Flyers, but they still found themselves down 1-0 after one period of play. At least we had this golden gif of Andrew MacDonald to enjoy.
The Flyers came of the intermission with some fire under them. Great chances in the offensive zone, stellar saves, and three goals all highlighted the period. They were lucky to have Jake Voracek on the bench, who was dealing with some leg soreness near the end of the first.
And then Michael Raffl took a shot off his knee.
Shayne Gostisbehere was getting some direction about positioning on the power play, which he would later use.
Nolan Patrick’s line was swarming, nearly resulting in a big goal.
What puck movement to get it over to Simmonds!
Couturier was feeling saucy in this one.
The Flyers immediately got another man advantage and Shayne Gostisbehere would cash in again!
Simmonds got Claude Giroux’s rebound and passed it over to Gostisbehere, who fired it home!
A big time goal for Ghost.
But Brayden Point would get the Lightning back in the game off a turnover from Ivan Provorov.
Brian Elliott then shut the door on Killorn.
… and then Point!
In the last effort of the period, Provorov keeped the puck in, got it to Travis Konency, who then passed it to Claude Giroux for a redirect. The loose puck was picked up and slammed home by Couturier!
From Coots’ office!
At the end of the second period, the Flyers would lead 3-2.
It was an extremely hectic and crazy third period. Why wouldn’t the last 20 minutes of Flyers hockey in 2017 be any other way? Brandon Manning got the Flyers a two-goal lead with an early goal in the third.
He got his own rebound and wrapped it home!
Then on the power play, Ivan Provorov’s stick broke and sent Tyler Johnson the other way for a shorthanded goal.
Provorov did everything he could to play the puck, but Johnson’s shot was too good.
Scott Laughton lost an edge and ended up hurting Budaj. He would be replaced by Vasilevskiy.
Michael Rafll nearly had a goal of his own. Voracek was tripped on the break and got Raffl the puck, but he was denied.
Then Dale Weise took a dumb penalty that put the Flyers on a crucial kill.
No need to have your stick up high there.
But Andrew MacDonald had a huge block and clear.
Valtteri Filppula would get this pass from Jake Voracek and the Flyers would win 5-3 after the empty-netter! Voracek’s assist was his 400th as a Flyers.
What a win for the Orange and Black to closeout 2017!
The Flyers return to the ice on January 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center as they begin a four-game homestand. Happy New Year, folks.
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