Flyers beat Pittsburgh in shootout; Wade Allison Shines in Debut
For a player that hasn’t had a lot of practices with the big club, Wade Allison (#57) didn’t look out of place in the Flyers 2-1 shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Carter Hart was easily the first star of the night saving 31-of-32 shots, and looking like his old self again.
After an extended break, Hart has been extremely solid, but tonight was his best game of the year. If it weren’t for a weird first goal from Sidney Crosby, Hart would’ve played a near perfect game. Timely saves, something that we just weren’t seeing from him in the past, was a huge reason the Flyers were able to come out of this one with a win.
Hart let in a slick five-hole goal to start the shootout to Jake Guentzel, nothing he really could’ve done there. Quickly thereafter, Hart the closed the door on the remaining shootout attempts from Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang to give his Flyers the win.
Nice to see this kind of energy from #79 again! Let’s go, Hart!
A former 2nd-round pick in 2016, Wade Allison has had a long, injury riddled road to the NHL. Tonight was his first NHL game ever and I think it’s pretty safe to say he’s arrived.
This kid is NHL ready, I don’t care that’s it’s only been one game. He deserves to be in the line-up rest of the way unless he completely falls off play wise (he won’t). Tied with #1 on the team tonight with shots (4), Allison had multiple scoring chances throughout the game and had a slick pass to Lindblom in the beginning of the game for a slot chance.
Also, getting some net-front time on the PP with guys like Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek & Shayne Gostisbehere has got to add a jolt to his confidence, good call there AV.
Wade trying his best Morgan Frost impression here, huh? Trying score his first NHL goal the same way the injured center did vs Carolina last season.
Obviously they shoot with different hands but the same idea, nonetheless.
A total of 11 minutes of TOI, it was really nice to see the Flyer infuse the line-up with some young talent that isn’t Connor Bunnaman or Carsen Twarynski. Nothing against those players, it’s just refreshing to see some of these other talented prospects that have been talked about for so long get their shot (Allison, Laczynski).
A Win, is a Win
Hey, I’ll take it. Hart looked like Hart, Allison shined and Jeff Carter didn’t score in his first game vs the Flyers as a Penguin (still really weird to see him with those colors on).
Voracek had a really slick goal to tie things up at one in the 3rd, nice to see him score one. #93 with his first point since April 8th vs NYI
Shootouts usually aren’t very nice to us Flyers fans but tonight was fun. Claude Giroux & Sean Couturier both had highlight-reel goals. I mean, cmon’ #28.
Sean Couturier saw G having all the fun and decided to join in!
Like I said, a win is a win. It’s nice to finally get back in the win column and see the boys pull one out. It’s especially nice to see Carter Hart with this kind of energy again!
Talk to em’, Carter!
Nolan Patrick took a puck to the head off a Myers dump in. Last word we got on Patrick was AV saying post-game that he talked to Nolan and Patrick said he felt okay but that’s all he knows. Not going to speculate on the situation, just hope the kid is alright. Never like seeing that, especially Nolan, for obvious reason.
Morin was a healthy scratch but AV mentioned that he thought Pittsburgh was a more skilled and fast team so he saw an opportunity to sit Morin and give him a rest (been playing a lot of games since returning to hockey) and get Myers a look. AV also said he’d look to get Morin in this weekend against much “heavier” teams (NYI & WSH).
Tanner Laczynski doesn’t have an NHL point but he’s close to it. He’s really impressed me with his play since coming up. Possesses a really solid two-way game and has underrated skill. The offense will come as he get more comfortable.
Can’t express enough how good Carter Hart was tonight. Elite game from the franchise goalie.
Mandatory Credit: Photo from Zack Hill of the Philadelphia Flyers