The Philadelphia Flyers put on a show in the first period and then hung on for dear life on Thursday night against the New York Islanders.
Sean Couturier gave a sly grin prior to the game, as if he knew what was to come.
Ivan Provorov could see the future as well; the future of playing with a good defensive partner.
Couturier nearly got on the board in the first minutes, but Thomas Greiss robbed him with the blocker.
But Greiss couldn’t stop this slam dunk goal by Dale Weise.
A saucy backhand pass from Couturier on the goal.
Couturier then scored one of his own a few minutes later!
And Radko Gudas got in on the fun with a knuckle-puck goal. Before you knew it it was 3-0 Flyers!
Dale Weise then obliged to a fight with Travis Hamonic, giving him the fastest Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) in Flyers history.
You thought three goals was a lot? The Flyers were just getting started.
Jordan Weal scored a goal in a third straight game!
He’s Weally hot!
CSN thought the Islanders had scored, but it was fake news.
But the Flyers kept pouring it on. Shayne Gostisbehere’s slapshot bounced off Wayne Simmonds’ knee and then a defender for a goal! It was Simmonds’ 30th goal of the season.
You can see the love between Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds.
Josh Ho-Sang caught Claude Giroux near the eye. It was a close call.
Wayne Simmonds saw Weise get a Gordie Howe hat trick earlier in the period, and he decided to get in on the fun. He took down Anders Lee late in the first period.
It was a fantastic first period for the Flyers. 5-0 on the scoreboard, 2-0 in fights.
The second period was a different story.
A poor defensive effort by Chris VandeVelde left Cal Clutterbuck alone in the slot. And he didn’t miss from there.
Good try, good effort, Chris.
The Islanders dominated the period, but the Flyers kept them off the board the rest of the way.
The physicality began to pick up with Jordan Weal taking a hit after blocking a shot.
Then Radko Gudas induced some pain on Nick Leddy with a solid check.
And got a piece of Josh Ho-Sang.
Tempers flared after the final horn, and Gudas was enraged.
He’s out for blood.
The Islanders got another goal early in the third period to make it 5-2.
And Brandon Manning made Jason Chimera pay.
Steve Mason robbed Anders Lee to keep the Flyers up 5-2.
Andrew Ladd got a fluky goal to make it 5-3.
But Wayne Simmonds found Valtteri Filppula for the empty net goal to seal it. 6-3 Flyers!
Radko Gudas laid the boom one last time.
“Bye Felicia!” – Wayne Simmonds, probably.
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