Sunday was not a banner sports day for the city of Philadelphia as the Flyers failed to backup their impressive onslaught of goals in Buffalo by laying an egg in Winnipeg and the Eagles fell victim to one of the most ridiculous loses in recent memory.
These are words and observations from the Flyers’ loss, with a quick note that there is absolutely no way in hell that was offensive pass interference on Dallas Goedert and the Eagles recovered the opening kickoff.
Michal Neuvirth’s forgettable return
Playing in his first game action since late October, the 30-year-old lasted just 27:31 before being yanked after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Neuvirth didn’t look sharp on either of Winnipeg’s first goals, failing to locate the puck through traffic, cheap nhl jerseys
but the third was an inexcusably juicy rebound he served on a platter for Brandon Tanev. That would be it for Neuvirth as Dave Hakstol had seen enough and tried to catch lightning in a bottle with Anthony Stolarz, who wasn’t very good either.
This is just Neuvirth’s second start in what has become a forgettable season for the veteran, and while his issues staying healthy in the past have been ignored due to mostly above average goaltending, he’s been quite bad in two starts this season and his roster spot should no longer be a guarantee.
Hellebuyck the difference
While Neuvirth struggled mightily, Connor Hellebuyck was downright stellar at the other for the Jets. Winnipeg’s breakout star in net from a year ago has had an uneven start to the season, but came up with several fantastic saves early as the Flyers actually had the jump on play from opening puck drop.
He snuffed out the Flyers’ early power play by robbing Wayne Simmonds on the doorstep. Then it was Claude Giroux’s turn to feel Hellebuyck’s wrath as he stoned the captain and then both Simmonds and James van Riemsdyk with rebound chances. Our friends over at NaturalStatTrick had the Flyers with three more traditional scoring chances and three more high-danger chances that the Jets.