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GOTTA SEE IT: Flyers’ Rasmus Ristolainen Scores Shorthanded Goal



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Rasmus Ristolainen celebrating his first goal of the season. It was the Flyers ninth shorthanded goal this year.

It had been almost a full calendar year since defenseman  Rasmus Ristolainen had scored a goal for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The drought ended Tuesday.

In spectacular fashion.

Ristolainen scored a shorthanded goal with a move that would have made any Flyer forward jealous.

His last goal had been Jan. 22, 2022 against the Buffalo Sabres.

In the midst of a two-point night Tuesday , Ristolainen now has his first of the 2022-23 campaign. It did not come in quite the fashion one would expect him to score.

The Flyers’ revamped penalty kill, or power kill as it’s now been dubbed, has the team playing a more aggressive style. That is because of assistant head coach Brad Shaw. And with that, the team has a league-leading nine shorthanded goals.

Risto’s goal gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead en route to a 5-2 win over visiting Anaheim.

Travis Konecny blocked a pass in the defensive zone that sent Scott Laughton and Ristolainen on a two-on-one rush down the ice. Ristolainen used his speed to get ahead of the defender. Laughton then sent a saucer pass over to him in the zone.

All Ristolainen had to do was go to the backhand and send the puck over the diving blocker of Ducks’ goaltender Anthony Stolarz.

Ristolainen later went on to grab the secondary assist on Morgan Frost’s highlight reel goal. It matched his current point total of the season as he has now doubled it to four points, total.

The 28-year-old Finn has been playing well defensively as of late, though his offense has been almost non-existent.

Until Tuesday.

It was just a few months ago that John Tortorella wasn’t pleased with Ristolainen’s play.

Seems as if there is plenty to like with Ristolainen’s game right now.

Especially on Tuesday.

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