Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL – SO | Game 14, Home Game 9 | Thursday, February 18, 2021|
|Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA|
Flyers LineupForward lines
James van Riemsdyk – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee
Michael Raffl – Kevin Hayes – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Connor Bunnaman – Nolan Patrick – David Kaše
Samuel Morin – Andy Andreoff – Maksim SushkoDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Philippe Myers
Travis Sanheim – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hägg – Erik GustafssonGoaltenders
Carter Hart – Brian ElliottScratches
Mark Friedman, Claude Giroux (COVID-19), Jakub Voracek (COVID-19), Justin Braun (COVID-19), Oskar Lindblom (COVID-19), Scott Laughton (COVID-19), Travis Konecny (COVID-19)Injuries
Morgan Frost (dislocated shoulder)
After a 10-day delay, and with six players still on the COVID-19 reserve list, the Flyers were back in action on Thursday night for their first game of the season against the Rangers.
David Kase and Maksim Sushko, both on recall from the AHL, drew into the lineup for their first game of the season, as did Andy Andreoff off the taxi squad. Additionally, it was the NHL debut for Sushko.
Despite a vastly different look to his lineup, Alain Vigneault‘s team had a remarkably good first 20 minutes of play. Just 59 seconds into the game, the Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Nicolas Aube-Kubel joined a scramble in the crease and got his stick on the puck to put it over the goal line.
The Flyers were doing a lot of the right things, including executing a strong forecheck, making clean passes, and solid breakouts. They struggled, though, at the faceoff dot for much of this game.
Both teams exchanged turns in the penalty box, and it looked like trouble for the Flyers when Andreoff and Robert Hagg both got the whistle at the same time. Luckily Chris Kreider took a holding penalty just 30 seconds into the Rangers’ five-on-three advantage, making it a little more manageable for the Philadelphia penalty killers.
Things got a little weird in the second period when Pavel Buchnevich got loose on a breakaway and was slashed on his way to the net by Ivan Provorov. Despite the slash, Buchnevich got a good shot off on Carter Hart, who stopped the puck cleanly. But the officials somehow deemed it worthy of a penalty shot, and Buchnevich had a second attempt at Hart, who stayed with the Rangers forward and denied him a second time.
Before that, New York evened the score in the final seconds of one of their power play chances when Colin Blackwell tipped a puck from in close.
The Rangers turned up the heat a bit in the third period, and were rewarded for it when Brendan Smith went to the far side of the net and Artemi Panarin took advantage of all eyes being on him as he drove the net, and backhanded the puck to Smith who put it into a yawning net.
With the minutes ticking down in the game, Joel Farabee got into the mix in a net-front scramble and managed to get the puck across the line with just over a minute left in regulation.
The Flyers penalty killers were put to the task again about halfway through the overtime period when Nolan Patrick took a hooking call, and the PK units did a good job at keep the game tied. Even though Sean Couturier was able to find the back of the net in the shootout, it wasn’t enough to get two points after Panarin and Kaapo Kakko converted their attempts.
What’s Next?The Flyers had five power play opportunities tonight, and didn’t capitalize on any of them yet again. Granted, special teams had a different look tonight with the roster changes, but it’s something that needs to get fixed pretty quickly before they take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon in Lake Tahoe.
Plus / Minus
▲ Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Sean Couturier, Carter Hart
▼ Nolan Patrick
|0 for 5||Power Play||1 for 5|
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault: “I liked the way we competed. We battled hard tonight.”
Joel Farabee: “Overall I thought it was a good effort but I think we have better.”
Michael Raffl on Lake Tahoe game: “It’s going to be something special for sure. It’s a unique setup. We’re all excited to get there. We need to go in there with the same mindset and try to get two points.”
Quotes courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers
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