Flyers lose 4-3 to Tampa Bay in the cursed shootout
The Philadelphia Flyers fell 4-3 in the shootout against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a fast paced back-and-forth contest. Carter Hart and Andrei Vasilevskiy got the starts for their respective teams and they both showed out. Max Willman slotted in the Flyers lineup with injuries to Kevin Hayes and Patrick Brown.
The captain immediately set the tone and buried a beautiful goal to make it 1-0 just one minute in.
The pace of the first period was some of most entertaining hockey this team has played in a couple weeks. Tampa Bay also got their looks, but the Flyers were energized to start this one.
Konecny picked up the puck and zipped down the wing for a wrister that got by Vasilevskiy to make it 2-0. Good to see Konecny get his scoring touch back on track.
After penalties from Ristolainen and Braun the Lightning were able to cash in a powerplay goal to begin the second. You could feel the momentum shift as the second played out.
The lackluster second periods have now been a constant theme throughout the entire season and tonight was another example of that. Tampa tied the game on a shot from Mathieu Joseph and both clubs went into the third period tied. Carter Hart played his heart out and it wasn’t enough for the Flyers to maintain the lead.
Another night, another game-changing save from Carter Hart. pic.twitter.com/kfM4Laq1E2— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 19, 2021
Philadelphia dominated the majority of the third period play and outshot the Lightning 6-0 through the first 12 minutes of the period. They were unable to capitalize on the momentum and the Tampa Bay surge seemed inevitable.
Stamkos fired a sharp angle shot that managed to squeak by Hart with only two minutes remaining in the game. This goal was absolutely crushing and it felt like the Flyers were going to let two points slip away. With 9 seconds remaining, Giroux let one go off the face-off and it slipped through the net-front traffic to tie the game and force overtime.
After a highly stressful yet exciting overtime it was back to the cursed shootout for the Flyers. Couturier and Giroux failed to get on the board, but the Lightning potted their first two attempts and won the game. Carter Hart saved 29 of 32 and once again gave the Flyers a chance to win.
- Carter Hart gave them a chance once again and had many game saving saves. 29 of 32.
- Claude Giroux was on a mission in this one and buried 2 goals. He now has 7 on the year.
- The Giroux-Brassard-Atkinson line looked good in their first time being together and I’m excited to see more.
- Great to see Konecny getting a goal. When he’s feeling it and has the momentum the points start to flow for him, I hope it continues.
- Can we please make 3-on-3 10 minutes.
- How about Braun getting that chance on pinching up in the first period? He’s been a pleasant surprise.
- The powerplay struck out again. 0-for-2.
Next up for the Flyers: Boston Bruins on Saturday (7PM/NBCSP)
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