The Philadelphia Flyers were trying to salvage their road trip on the second game of a back-to-back against the St. Louis Blues. The Flyers were faced with the challenge of stopping a tough Blues team, who have started the year on a roll. Among the faces in blue sweaters was an old friend, Brayden Schenn.
Will O’Neill was set to make his NHL debut for the Orange and Black after Radko Gudas sat out with an upper-body injury.
Michal Neuvirth came ready to play. He made 14 saves in the first period.
He was stellar in the first frame.
The Flyers went on the power play after Couturier drew a call.
Travis Konecny tried to spring Jori Lehtera into the zone, but he was negated. Jordan Weal, however, picked up the puck and generated a shot on net.
As the power play was expiring, Sanheim was looking for someone at the other end of the ice, but no dice.
Ivan Provorov and Robert Hagg played stellar defense to stop St. Louis from generating a rush.
Couturier did have a chance to create something after Jake Allen swung and missed at the puck, but he couldn’t connect on a centering pass.
Couturier then took a hit behind the net to make a play to Giroux, who in turn got the puck to Sanheim at the point to give Brandon Manning a prime scoring chance on a blast.
At the end of the first, the score was tied at zero.
Giroux was trying to get his boys up and ready for the second.
O’Neill recorded his first NHL smelling salt!
The second period started off crazy when Manning scored a rocket from the point… or so we thought!
The goal was disallowed because of goalie interference, but Dave Hakstol would challenge the call. After the challenge, it was decided that Voracek got pushed into Allen in front. The goal would count and give the Flyers the only goal of the period.
Then the Flyers were hit with yet another injury. Sean Couturier, the team’s most-productive and most-solid, two-way forward to this point in the season left the game after this blatant, late hit from Brayden Schenn.
He struggled to get up.
But Brayden Schenn was only given a two-minute minor… YET RADKO GUDAS GOT A 5-MINUTE MAJOR FOR A CLEAN HIT LAST WEEK.
After two periods of play, the Flyers would lead by just a goal.
At the beginning of the third period, the Orange and Black would get great news as Couturier returned to the ice after the scary hit!
Scott Laughton got a little retribution with a hit on Schenn at the side wall.
Michal Neuvirth continued his strong game to this point.
Ivan Provorov continued his stellar night. His strong presence on the side boards allowed him to move Tarasenko off the puck.
Then Neuvirth went down in net after Mark Alt’s stick went into his mask near his eye.
Luckily, Neuvirth was okay. He breathed a sigh of relief. Those plays are no joke. Scary stuff.
Giroux would notch an empty-net goal to ice a huge win for the Flyers!
A stellar performance from Neuvirth! What an effort on the shutout! Hugs all around!
The Flyers return home on Saturday evening to take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center.
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