The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Edmonton Oilers in another frustrating game on Thursday night. It was their second loss in less than 24 hours, and it was even more infuriating than the first. But at least we have Wayne Simmonds.
Brandon Manning was ready to go as the rivalry with Connor McDavid and the Oilers (apparently?) continued.
He was a target early on, but Wayne Simmonds had something to say about it.
The Oilers struck first on a soft goal.
Dave Hakstol challenged it for offside, but the call on the ice stood.
It was a bad goal to give up for Michal Neuvirth, who was making his second straight start.
Hakstol couldn’t believe it.
Sean Couturier had himself a decent night. Here he got knocked down but got up swinging.
Milan Lucic speared Brandon Manning, but somehow the referee thought Manning was worthy of an embellishment penalty.
It was a rather uneventful period after that, but the boys exchanged some words before intermission.
They weren’t happy.
The first period summed up in one GIF.
We feel you, Wayne.
But the Flyers came out hot in the second. Sean Couturier drove wide and fed the puck in front where it got redirected into the back of the net….
…by power forward Radko Gudas!
Unfortunately the Flyers couldn’t tie it up as Cam Talbot stoned Jake Voracek on a breakaway.
And then Edmonton made it 3-1.
Maroon and Manning finally tossed the mitts as Pat attacked Brandon off the faceoff.
It was a spirited bout.
But it couldn’t change the Flyers’ luck. Edmonton made it 5-1.
But the Flyers had some life.
Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds capitalized on a turnover late in the period.
Wayne was looking for his next victim after the period ended.
Then Schenn made it 5-3 with his patented power play goal in a blowout.
He was feeling it.
But the Oilers had the last laugh as McDavid put the game away for the 6-3 final.
Take it away, Dave.
The Flyers will look to salvage something out of their three-game road trip Sunday night in Vancouver.
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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.