So, the Flyers won last night, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout 5-4.
It allowed them to officially stave off elimination for at least one more night. Good for them. They didn’t have to bow out of the season in front of the home crowd. They gave the faithful a nice effort against a pretty good team. Good for the Flyers.
However, at this point, they would have to win their last five games, Montreal would have to lose their last five, with at least four of them coming in regulation, and Columbus would have to lose five-of-six with their lone win coming against Montreal tonight and then four of those five losses would have to come in regulation.
Or, if one of those teams doesn’t comply, Carolina would need to lose their last six games, all in regulation.
I know, I know, you know they aren’t going to make the playoffs. I just wanted to throw that out there for the Lloyd Christmases among you who will scream, “So you’re saying there is a chance?”
Additionally, it’s not worth even diving into the breakdown of the game. Here’s all you need to know on that front:
- Carter Hart won his first NHL shootout by not allowing a goal.
- It was the first shootout all season for Toronto, which seems impossible, but it’s true.
- Sean Couturier scored the lone shootout goal. He was 2-for-20 in his career before last night.
- Couturier also scored his 32nd goal of the season, a career high.
- The other goals for the Flyers were scored by Travis Konecny, Radko Gudas and Ryan Hartman.
That about covers it.
But, there were a few interesting things that occurred in and around the game that I do want to talk about as they will most likely have a greater impact on the team moving forward.