The Philadelphia Flyers had one final game left on their schedule. They took on the Carolina Hurricanes in their season finale. It was a back-and-forth affair with them ultimately falling 4-3 in a shootout.
Robert Hagg was ready to go in his NHL debut.
His flow was ready, too.
He got the rookie treatment as he skated onto the ice for warmups.
The Hurricanes struck first, though, Brock McGinn made it 1-0.
The Flyers honored Bryan Bickell during the first TV timeout, which was a great gesture.
Hagg was joining the rush all night long, and even did so on the penalty kill to get a shot off.
That was it for the first period, though, and the Flyers trailed 1-0.
Wayne Simmonds had a nice dangle and scoring chance on the penalty kill.
Sean Couturier had a great scoring chance as well, but his stick broke as he shot. That’s so Flyers.
Ivan Provorov made a nice pass to Claude Giroux for a chance in close, but he was denied.
The Flyers wouldn’t be denied here, though. Andrew MacDonald made a great pinch and Couturier got the puck to Weise for the goal!
What a shot for Weise’s 100th NHL point!
But back to the Robert Hagg show.
He manhandled a forward in the corner.
Then made a calm keep at the blue line.
The Flyers and Hurricanes were tied through two periods of play.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare showed off his heart as he blocked a shot on the penalty kill.
Hagg continued to show off his physical presence as well with a hit along the wall.
Brock McGinn put the Canes ahead again, but it didn’t last for long.
Dale Weise sniped his second goal of the night.
Then Shayne Gostisbehere and Wayne Simmonds combined for a gorgeous goal!
But, once again, the lead was short-lived.
The Hurricanes tied it up on the power play.
Overtime here we come.
Stolarz made a big stop in overtime.
Claude Giroux scored in the shootout.
But Carolina won it with the help of Bryan Bickell in his final NHL game. What a way to go out.
The Flyers acknowledged the fans one final time for the season.
Andrew MacDonald made us laugh one final time.
See you in September, boys.
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Sons of Penn Radio (January 23rd)
On this week of SOP Radio, we celebrate a thrilling overtime victory, discuss Dave Hakstol’s coaching decisions, and forecast potential trade opportunities and prospect development.