The future certainly looks bright for the Philadelphia Flyers. Two goals in the third period from everyones favourite new Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (or ghost bear as we love to call him) helped seal a 5-3 win for the Philadelphia Flyers over the New York Rangers. In just his second game back since November following a torn ACL, the ghost is back..and whilst ghosts are from the past, the future for the Flyers looks extremely bright.
Steve Mason got the start in goal and looked as though he was ready to start the new season straight away, saving 29 of 32 shots. On the Offensive side though it was 33 year old Yevgeni Medvedev who put the broad street bullies in front with a power play goal in the first period. Brayden Schenn doubled that lead with another power play goal in the second before Oscar Lindberg and Mat Bodie tied it up.
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One of the more recent additions to the Flyers put the team up on yet another power play goal. Sam Gagner was part of a trade with the Coyotes in the 2015 NHL Draft and made his presence known.
But with three on the board already, it was ghost bear who rose to the challenge to bring out the chicken song…yep, it’s back! Gostisbehere grabbed two goals to seal the deal at 5-3 with forwards Umberger and Wayne Simmonds racking up two assists each on the night.
Travis Konecny looked fantastic in the teams first pre-season game but a mistake led to the opening Rangers goal. But that’s not to take away from what was otherwise a very promising performance. Tremendous Speed, some big hits on some experienced Rangers and an assist topped off the second big night in a row for the Flyers prospect.
After the game however, the Flyers were treated to a live demo of the new Overtime rule, which sees a 3-on-3 scenario with 4-on-3 becoming the powerplay. The concept was interesting but most people were too busy tweeting about ghost bear’s breakout to pay much attention….
The rookies and youngsters in the team all put on a great show for the second night running and with hype building around Konecny, there’s also talk about the upgrade of Medvedev who also continues to look the part. With a new system in place, the Flyers could be poised for one of the strongest bounce back’s in years.
The Flyers looked brilliant at the Wells Fargo and will look to continue that momentum as they face the Islanders on Friday.