The Philadelphia Flyers only have two players participating in this year’s IIHF World Championship in Denmark, but they’re making their presence felt. Forward Michael Raffl is representing Austria, while defenseman Radko Gudas is representing the Czech Republic.
The two Flyers faced off on Monday, with each player earning some bragging rights. Gudas’ side came out on top in the game, 4-3, but Raffl scored two gorgeous goals in the third period.
Raffl’s first goal was on a move similar to one that we’ve seen before. He collected a stretch pass, stutter-stepped and made a power move around the defenseman before sniping a goal.
It’s a subtle move that Raffl has made a few times on the right side. He seems much more comfortable making a move like this coming down the right side as a left-handed shot.
Raffl’s goal cut into the deficit, making it a 4-2 game in the third, but he wasn’t done there.
A few minutes later he scored an even better goal.
He picked up a pass right off the bench, weaved through the defense (including going directly around a defenseman), and sniped home another goal.
A great rush by Raffl.
What a filthy move.
Hopefully Raffl can bring some of that scoring touch next season to the Flyers.
Raffl now has five points (four goals, one assist) in five games with Austria in the tournament.
Raffl had 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists) in 76 games with the Flyers this season. He is under contract for one more year with a cap hit of $2.35 million.
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