The Philadelphia Flyers finished their final back-to-back of the season against the Colorado Avalanche, the last Western Conference team they’d face this season as well. With the Panthers losing prior to puck drop in regulation, the Flyers knew that they had a good chance to gain some ground on a team behind them in the standings.
Let’s get to it.
Travis Konecny was all smiles before the game.
Michal Neuvirth prepped to start in his return from injury.
Neuvirth came up with a big save early on after Andrew MacDonald turned the puck over.
He answered the early test.
He then gloved down a shot from Nathan MacKinnon.
Radko Gudas leveled MacKinnon as the whistle sounded.
Then the Flyers went to work.
What a pass, what a shot.
Oh captain, my captain!
Neuvirth came up with a save after another MacDonald turnover.
And the Flyers struck again.
Provorov’s shot found twine from the point.
Hugs all around!
And in the crowd!
The Flyers led 2-0 after one period of play.
Lehtera took a penalty to start the second period, giving Colorado momentum.
And they capitalized after Nieto got behind Travis Sanheim to put home the loose puck.
Then Michal Neuvirth made a huge save seconds after the ensuing faceoff, denying Rantanen.
It was an incredible save.
But it also cost Neuvirth the rest of his evening, as he went off the ice during the TV timeout. Petr Mrazek jumped in for Neuvy.
Mrazek made a big save through traffic and then covered up.
The Flyers went into the third period on the penalty kill after Radko Gudas took a hooking penalty with less than five seconds remaining in the second.
The Flyers came out and killed off a big penalty and then continued to thwart chances by the Avalanche, thanks to Petr Mrazek.
He was strong all night long.
Gostisbehere put his body on the line, blocking a shot.
Provorov threw the body and negated MacKinnon on his zone entry.
In the final seconds, the Avalanche lit the lamp… but the puck didn’t go in the net!
Following an icing, Colorado won the faceoff and then had a golden chance to score with 2.9 seconds left… but it did not go! The Flyers survived a tough road trip and came out with two huge points in the process.
We’re all Shayne Gostisbehere right now.
What an effort by Mrazek in relief on Neuvirth.
The Flyers return to the ice on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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