On a cold November night, the Minnesota Wild visted the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Despite ending a 3 games in 4 night stretch, the Wild were able to keep pace with the Flyers. Jason Zucker scored the lone goal in the Wild’s 1-0 win.
The first two periods featured a lot of nothing. As the teams traded a few chances, both goalies were up the task. With the most interesting part of the first two periods being an injury update on Sam Morin and Andrew MacDonald from GM Ron Hextall. Wild hockey tends to be tame, and this game was not an exception to the trend.
MacDonald will begin skating soon, and should travel with the team to Minnesota for their next game. Sam Morin took part in warmups, but did not play, for the Phantoms in their AHL game.
There was no news provided on the condition of Nolan Patrick. The second overall pick has been out with an upper body injury per the team.
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Early in the third period, Jason Zucker found the back of the net for the Wild as Brian Elliott, who played solidly, gave up the deciding goal to become the hard luck loser stopping 26 of 27 shots he saw. Devan Dubnyk stopped all 32 shots he faced to shut out the Flyers.
The Flyers tried valiantly to come back, but the bounces would not go their way. A late penalty to Jake Voracek made the come back all the more difficult and despite a few solid chances in the dying seconds, the Flyers could not find the back of the net.
The game ended with 4.2 seconds left, the Flyers would win a faceoff with a chance to tie it, but Shayne Gostisbehere’s shot attempt would be blocked out to center as time expired.
The Flyers fly out to Minnesota for the second half of this home and home series on Tuesday November 14. The Flyers play next at home in one week against Calgary in a Saturday matinee.