Last night the Flyers fell to the New York Islanders 3-2 in the shootout. While the results were the same as what they have been as of late with the loss, there were some real positives to take out of this game.
Now look, I know they have had games like this before this season and then dropped a complete dud the next game. Maybe I’m just being too optimistic for once but this feels like it could be the start of a turnaround for the boys.
The biggest takeaway from last night was in his first game in over a week, Carter Hart looked like Carter Hart. The first goal that got past him he stood no chance as it was a powerplay goal from Beauvillier after a great pass from Matt Martin. The second one was a goal that we’ve seen too many times. The Flyers failed to get the puck out of their zone and it led to Barzal finding Beauviller for a one timer that beat Hart.
After each goal though Hart bounced back and didn’t let the game get out of hand. The team in general had a much better response after each goal compared to what we had been seeing. Hart did his part in trying to lead the Flyers to victory and it was a great sign to see him not get rattled after something went wrong. Obviously, Hart will need to continue this strong play into this weeks games if the Flyers want to make any sort of playoff push.
Some of the other positives to takeaway from last nights game and over the last few games is the play of Claude Giroux. Bottom line regardless of the results Giroux has shown up night in and night out and it’s finally starting to show on the scoresheet. His two goals in last nights game were the reason for the Flyers come back.
Sam Morin is another guy who has been playing extremely well over the last few games. His physical play has been something the team has lacked all season long. Yes, he took a bad penalty that led to the fist Islanders goal last night but if our penalty kill didn’t suck it wouldn’t have been a big deal. I’ll take a bad penalty from a guy every now and then if I know he’s not gonna let the Flyers get bullied by opposing teams.
The Flyers did get a point out of last nights game and now the bigger challenge is the rest of the week coming up. Three out of four games this week are against the team the Flyers are chasing in the Boston Bruins. They haven’t beaten them all year and currently sit four points behind them. The Bruins have two games in hand and the Flyers need to win all three games in regulation to have a real shot at the playoffs. Maybe this will finally be the time they build off of a decent game and carry the momentum over to this upcoming week. Or they are just going to be the same 2021 Flyers we’ve seen and the Bruins are just going to steamroll them and pretty much eliminate us from playoff contention. I’m hopeful that won’t be the case but I also won’t be shocked if it is.