Flyers Goalies … will it ever end? Reviewing Michal Neuvirth was about timing his big parades – if his team needs a big parade to stay ahead or stay in a game, does he give it to them?
It was emphatic yes, after Colorado had broken Flyers' lead at half-time on Matt Nieto's goal at 5:36 of the second half
Immediately Nathan MacKinnon launched a blast with his successful first line, which was unbelievable in Neuvirth's Cross-raping culminated in Miko Rantanen (1
This makes four in the last eight games that Flyers coach Dave Hakstol has made a change to the goalkeeper. Mrazek played well, especially late in the third, when the puck dropped from 4:31 to 2:09 in the Flyers zone when Matt Read had him iced. In fact, the flyers defended their lead from this point to a much-needed and unlikely 2-1 win, except for a brief downhill run.
Another positive point: Alex Lyon, who flew back to Philadelphia, could be rescued after returning to Lehigh Valley earlier in the day, a drive to Allentown.
Here's another positive – Jordan Weal: One of the less-reported developments on the track are the posts Weal has made since he became a solid man in the lineup on March 17.
Weal's job of setting up Ivan Provorov's first-half goal was, well, Konecny-esque. Rolling around on the lower left boards, Weal turned Carl Soderberg and Blake Comeau around as if they were bubble hockey players before throwing Provorov to the spot.
Later, early in the third, Weal turned a puck out of Colorado blueline and poked it deep, resulting in a power play after Söderberg bothered Laughton as he pursued it. He also did some great work in his own zone as the exhausted airmen protected their slim leadership
Weal has four points in his last three games, giving him 21 for the season.
Eleven of his 12 points last season came in March and April
Did you notice? On Tuesday, the planes missed the shooting 20 times. After the first hour on Wednesday they were actually ahead of this pace. They missed eight and hit the net eleven times, but no one cared because they led 2-0. And they became more accurate, albeit less productive in the second, missing only once in 13 attempts … Twice now in two nights, Andrew MacDonald was deprived of the puck from behind along the boards in his own zone, who committed too much time has an outlet pass or mid-ice dump make. Both led to juicy opportunities. Michal Neuvirth's best rescue in the first period was on J.T. Compher, after running alone after his theft by MacDonald …
Finally, a Pet Peeve: The phrase used by broadcasters and sometimes in print so often that a goalkeeper "had no chance". Andrew Hammond had a chance to stop Claude Giroux to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. It would have been a good save for a lightly-used goalkeeper, but his position on the cross-ice pass was not the best, and the Avs paid the price. But it could have been stopped, as is the case with most targets where this phrase is overused.
You want to know when a goalkeeper has no chance to make a rescue? When players are stacked on top of him or when he is raised in the waning minutes for an additional skater. Only once would I like to hear someone say the goalkeeper has "no chance" to stop an empty nutter.
It would be very funny.