After 10 days without playing a game, the Philadelphia Flyers returned to the ice on Thursday night to play the New York Rangers. The Flyers would be without Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton, Jakub Voracek, Morgan Frost, Claude Giroux, and Justin Braun due to COVID protocols. It obviously wasn’t ideal, but the Flyers played well and showed some heart.

The Flyers would pull out a point in a shootout loss.

Recap of the Flyers’ loss:

Period 1

One minute into the game, Sanhiem would shoot the puck on goal. Hayes would deflect it into Georgiev. It would bounce off of him into the stick of Raffl, who kept digging a trying to get the puck in the net. One shot would hit Aube-Kubel, and find it’s way into the net to make it a 1-0 game.

Ryan Strome would head to the box for tripping. The Rangers would get the kill.

Flyers would go down on a five-on-three as Andreoff (roughing) and Hägg (holding) are both sent off. 40 seconds into the five-on-three, Kreider would get called for hooking. Four-on-three Rangers still had the advantage. The two Flyers penalties would be killed, Kreider’s hooking call would lead over to the second period for 27 seconds.

Period stats:

Flyers: 7 shots on goal, 8 hits, 7 faceoffs won, 4 penalty minutes.

Rangers: 11 shots on goal, 6 hits, 16 faceoffs won, 6 penalty minutes.

After one period, the Flyers would finish with a 1-0 lead.

Period 2

Kreider’s hooking call from the first period would lead over to the second period for 27 seconds. The Flyers would kill it with no problem.

Hayes would head to the box for tripping. Buchnevich would then slap one that would end up past Hart and into the back of the net. He would tie up the game at one.

A scary moment for the Flyers would unfold almost halfway through the second. The Rangers would come on a rush. Strome would come in on a rush. He would pass it back, and the puck was centered for a shot on Hart that was stopped. A scramble for it in front of the goal would unfold, but Hart would pick it up for a huge save.

Kakko would get called for hooking. Flyers power play would be killed by the Rangers. Flyers zero-for-four on the power play.

Hagg would head off for high sticking. Rangers to the power play. Flyers killed the power play.

There would then be a penalty shot for Buchnevich after a great stop by Hart. Hart would dive to the other side of the goal to make a beautiful glove save. I mean, you gotta “glove” it! But apparently, something happened to cause a penalty shot. Buchnevich would get shut down by Hart on the penalty shot. Buchnevich would run out of things to do as Hart locked him down like a good cornerback in football playing amazing man-defense.

Strome would then head back to the box for slashing. The Flyers would get 30 second of power play time in the third period.

Period stats:

Flyers: 6 shots on goal, 8 hits, 8 faceoffs won, 4 penalty minutes.

Rangers: 12 shots on goal, 7 hits, 11 faceoffs won, 4 penalty minutes.

After two, the game was knotted up at 1.

Period 3

The Flyers would get 30 second of power play time in the third period. Rangers will kill it off.

We were then 9:21 into the third when something finally happened. Smith would slam dunk the puck into a practically open-net. No chance there for Hart as the Rangers take a 2-1 lead.

Provorov would shoot a huge slap shot at the net, but in true Flyers fashion, it hit the post.

The Flyers have continued to not shoot. That’s your update with four minutes to play.

Hart would head to the bench for the extra skater with 2:30 remaining. And, it would work! A shot would be deflected off the boards to Hayes, who would tap it towards the net, it would deflect off the goalies’ pad and off the stick of Farabee, and into the net to tie it!

60 minutes would not be enough for these two clubs as they would head to overtime tied at two.

Overtime

Nervousness would then ensue through all Flyers fans as OT would begin.

Patrick would then get called for hooking. Patrick had to do something, and he ended up getting called for it. Rangers power play. The Rangers would then use their timeout. Hart would have a gigantic save to kill the power play.

No one would score in the extra five minutes as we would head to a shootout.

Shootout

Shootout round 1:

Hayes: SAVED

Kakko: SCORES

Shootout round 2:

Coutrier: SCORES

Panarin: SCORES

Shootout round 3:

van Riemsdyk: SAVED

Rangers win 3-2 in the shootout.

Game stats:

Flyers: 13 shots on goal, 16 hits, 15 faceoffs won, 8 penalty minutes.

Rangers: 23 shots on goal, 13 hits, 27 faceoffs won, 10 penalty minutes.

3 stars:

  1. Artemi Panarin ( 1 a)
  2. Joel Farabee (1 g)
  3. Nicolas Aube-Kubel (1 g)

The now 8-3-3 Flyers will head outdoors at Lake Tahoe to play the 10-3-2 Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon.