Expect backup goaltender Brian Elliott to receive the bulk of the starts in Hart's absence, beginning with a match-up versus the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
"You could tell why they are so successful in the playoffs because I felt after we tied the game 1-1 they started playing physical and all 18 guys were finishing checks", Voracek said. I can't lie, I was slightly anxious when St. Louis stormed back to knot everything up in the third, but Philadelphia kept their composure and, for the second straight game, beat a very good team in extras.
The Blues outshot the Flyers 14-8 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal by Faulk. The team that goes all the way and wins it plays a whole lot more games than most and does not get the benefit of resting over an extended period in the offseason. Tyler Pitlick had his wrap-around shot deflect off of a St. Louis defender and into the back of the net, tying the game at one apiece with his fifth tally of the year. Pitlick scored when his centring attempt from behind the net deflected off the leg of a Blues defender past Binnington. The Flyers went 1-for-2 on the power play. Look for that type of play to continue in this game as the Flyers show what has made them such a dominating team at home this year in this game.
"It's just a different vibe, a different feeling in the locker room", Raffl said. He has a record of 4: 3: 1, an average of 3.01 goals and a saving of 0.894 percent. Konecny capitalized on a slick no-look pass by James van Riemsdyk.
With two assists, Sean Couturier now leads the Flyers in scoring with 41 points. However, the pick here is the game's final play: a well-orchestrated rush by Ivan Provororv (who had a monster game all around) and a ideal finish by Voracek. "Everybody had a good game".
Justin Faulk (power play, 4th) opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period.
NOTES: The Blues activated D Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) from the injured reserve and placed D Colton Parayko (upper body) on the injured reserve, retroactive to January 2. The Flyers have mostly turned away from the starting goalkeeper this season. The Blues are 21-0-6 this season when scoring first, the only team in the National Hockey League without a regulation loss in that scenario.
In lieu of the injury, the Flyers announced: the recall of G Alex Lyon under emergency conditions, the loan of F Joel Farabee to Leigh Valley of the AHL, and the placement of F Chris Stewart on waivers.