GIF Rewind: Sam Morin powers Flyers to victory over Rangers
The Philadelphia Flyers are back in the win column! After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Brian Elliott stood tall the rest of the way. Nolan Patrick scored a power-play goal in the second period and Sam Morin scored his first NHL goal in the third period to win it for the Flyers.
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Sam Morin took out the Flyers’ frustration in the form of a fight on Thursday night. On Saturday, he was the first star.
The Flyers had a pretty good start to the game. The fourth line generating a decent scoring chance in the first two minutes and the second line had another one a minute or so later.
There were still some defensive deficiencies, but Ivan Provorov used his stick to make a nice defensive play around five minutes in.
The Flyers had six of the first seven shots of the game, but they couldn’t convert.
Then, halfway through the first period, Travis Konecny took a bad penalty in front of the net. He and Mika Zibanejad were engaged in a battle, and he took a shot a bit late.
Zibanejad may have exaggerated a bit, but it was still a bad penalty after the Rangers scored three power-play goals on Thursday.
And of course, the Rangers converted. Travis Sanheim couldn’t block the pass and Philippe Myers left the backdoor wide open for Zibanejad.
The Flyers continued to play well at 5-on-5, but Igor Shesterkin stood tall.
Even when the Flyers got pucks on net, they couldn’t find the rebound.
The Flyers out-attempted the Rangers 26-10, outshot them 16-7, and out-chanced them 8-3 at 5-on-5 play in the first period, but most of the shots were from the outside.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) March 27, 2021
The Rangers nearly scored early in the second period to potentially open the floodgates again, but Brian Elliott came up with a big save.
Then, at the other end, Shesterkin made a great save to rob Michael Raffl in front.
The Flyers drew a penalty, but couldn’t get anything going on the power play. Right after that, Raffl took a tripping penalty in the neutral zone and the Rangers went on the power play again.
New York’s power play was very dangerous and it looked like they would score, but the Flyers survived the kill.
Then, Brendan Smith got away with a cheap shot on Konecny.
Konecny had some choice words for Smith.
That wasn’t a penalty, but Kevin Hayes drew a tripping penalty and then Shayne Gostisbehere was tripped on the power play. The Flyers had a long 5-on-3 power play.
They couldn’t score on the 5-on-3, but they scored a power-play goal in the waning seconds of the man advantage to tie the game.
Gostisbehere kept the puck in at the line and blasted a shot on net. Nolan Patrick was set up in front and tipped it home.
A Ghost blast and Patrick tip to tie it!
Myers got called for a roughing penalty late in the period.
The refereeing was inconsistent in this game. Smith punching Konecny and this are great examples of that.
Claude Giroux couldn’t believe the call.
It was another good period for the Flyers, and they actually won this one. The Flyers and Rangers were tied at one after two periods of play.
The third period was another good period for both teams. There were chances at both ends of the ice, with the Flyers having perhaps their best chance of the game on a breakaway.
Unfortunately, Laughton was stoned by Shesterkin.
Then, Laughton likely saved a goal with a penalty in front.
The Flyers penalty kill hasn’t been great recently, but they were able to kill this one off with relative ease.
It looked like the game was going to be headed to overtime, but Sam Morin had other ideas.
Morin scored his first NHL goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead!
A lot of love for Big Sam!
The Flyers held onto that 2-1 lead for a much-needed victory.
Morin was the first star of the game and saluted the fans after the win.
The Flyers will travel to Buffalo for a two-game set on Monday and Wednesday.