New year, and well, not a surprising result.
The Philadelphia Flyers opened 2018 with a disappointing loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jordan Weal’s deflection goal and Shayne Gostisbehere’s defensive play were the few bright spots in an otherwise horrible game.
Brian Elliott was ready to go again.
Valtteri Filppula got an early chance, but he came inches from scoring.
Shayne Gostisbehere’s defensive game was on full display early on. Here he disrupted a 2-on-1 chance.
He had a handful of great defensive plays early in the game.
Travis Konecny got a deceptive shot off, but it was kicked away and there was no rebound try.
Claude Giroux got in on a rush after a great pass, but rang his shot off the bar.
Elliott made a solid glove save on Phil Kessel towards the end of the period.
The Flyers and Penguins were scoreless after one period of play.
Elliott came up with another big save to start the second period after a power-play turnover.
Andrew MacDonald bailed out Robert Hagg on a 3-on-1 rush.
Travis Konecny dangled around a man and got knocked down, but was called for the only penalty on a trip.
Phil Kessel opened the scoring on the ensuing power play.
But the Flyers got it right back with a deflection goal by Jordan Weal.
But the Penguins kept coming.
Ryan Reaves scored on the doorstep to make it a 2-1 game.
Then Connor Sheary got a breakaway goal to make it 3-1.
Horrible defensive coverage led to the breakaway.
Shayne Gostisbehere was denied.
Michael Raffl had a breakaway chance, but he couldn’t tuck it home.
Then the Penguins scored again to make it 4-1.
Sean Couturier tipped a Gostisbehere shot on the power play, but it bounced off the inside of the post.
The Flyers trailed 4-1 after two periods of play.
Michal Neuvirth came out to start the third period.
New year, Neuvy.
Brandon Manning tried to inject some life into the Flyers with a fight, but it went about as well as the game did.
Jake Voracek was doing….something.
Ivan Provorov blocked a shot, but stayed in the game.
Jamie Oleksiak potted a power-play goal to make it 5-1.
The Flyers lost to the Penguins, 5-1.
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