4 Takeaways from the Flyers 3-2 Shootout loss to Montreal
The Philadelphia Flyers went up to an empty Montreal and fell 3-2 in the shootout. Jackson Cates slotted in for Morgan Frost and Carter Hart got the start in net. This was the first meeting between these two teams since the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Flyers’ starting lineup:
Flyers lines and pairings tonight:— Jamey Baskow (@JameyBaskow) December 16, 2021
Another great Carter Hart performance
Carter Hart with another great performance and a .950 SV%. He stopped 38 out of 40 shots and only allowed one goal in the shootout.
Hart definitely kept the team in the fight and it hurts to see a performance like this only capture one point although the team didn’t play to their fullest ability.
Willman and Cates saved the day
The Flyers’ two goals were scored from young call-ups Max Willman and Jackson Cates in the second period.
Jackson Cates slotted into lineup due to Morgan Frost entering COVID-19 protocol just two days prior. Cates received the puck on an excellent play by Travis Sanheim and Patrick Brown.
Jackson Cates and Max Willman saving our season, what is this timeline— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) December 17, 2021
79 combined shots total
This matchup was a busy one for both goaltenders with a total of 79 combined shots in a razor-thin 40-39 margain. Montreal finished the first period with a 19-8 shots advantage and dominated play.
After making adjustments during the intermission, the Flyers picked up the pace and had the advantage in periods two and three.
Shootouts always feel like an automatic loss. It’s to the point where if they win I’m genuinely surprised. I know I must sound like a broken record, but can we please extend 3-on-3 overtime to ten minutes?
I don’t understand why Couturier gets the first shot over some other options. Scott Laughton is a breakaway machine in games yet is never used in the shootout oddly enough. Abolish the shootout.
Laughton would’ve been my choice for the third shooter. Dude is $$.— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) December 17, 2021
Overall it’s a disappointing performance from the Flyers. Not enough to hit a panic button, but you’d really like to see more spark for this one. Time to regroup and return home to face the pesky Ottawa Senators.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Flyers