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Welp, a relatively meaningless Flyers/Oilers game during the final month of a lost season was everything that we thought it would be. In a game characterized by sloppy play on both ends of the ice, the Flyers predictably lost in overtime by a score of 5-4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins potted 2 goals, including the game winner, as Ray Emery made 29 saves on 34 shots in the loss.
After a back and forth first period saw the Flyers attain and blow a two goal lead, the Flyers came out in the second period looking like they had smoked a bag of drugs during intermission. The Oilers controlled play for most of the period, especially when the Flyers’ first line was on the bench. They grabbed the only goal of the period and went into the third with a 4-3 lead.
The Flyers quickly struck back in the 3rd on a Michael Raffl goal set up by Jakub Voracek. While the rest of the period was fast paced with little-to-no neutral zone defense played by either team, neither was able to find the back of the net. Nugent-Hopkins was finally able to bury a questionable Ray Emery rebound in overtime to seal the win for the Oilers and leave the Flyers winless on their West Coast trip.
While Ryan White was able to contribute a goal, the Flyers really only had one line going at all times tonight. Even with that line playing stellar hockey, it’s difficult to win a game like that, especially when Ray Emery provided relatively poor goaltending for most of the night.
-This game wasn’t without positives for Philadelphia. The first line of Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek was dominant for most of the night, creating two of the three even strength goals along with numerous other scoring chances. The first power play unit also looked outstanding for the most part, also creating a Claude Giroux goal.
-I like Ryan White. His line struggled at times tonight, but White managed to get on the scoreboard again via a well executed 2-on-1 with Zac Rinaldo. Go figure. I hope the Flyers keep him around.
-Steve Mason was a late scratch and was not seen on the bench during the first period. He was, however, on the bench to start the second. Apparently he simply felt sick during warmups, and asked to be pulled.
-Ray Emery was not good tonight. He made a few impressive saves to keep the game tied in the third, but was generally not good. Things are not looking good for Emery in terms of staying in Philadelphia next season.
-Noted trashcan filled with poop Matt Hendricks scored a goal tonight, which is just so #Flyera
-Take it away, Piers!