The Philadelphia Flyers won their second consecutive game on Thursday night, a feat they had not yet accomplished in the first calendar month of the season, knocking off the Los Angeles Kings in the Staples Center to open November.
Nolan Patrick centering Oskar Lindblom and Jakub Voracek, stood out, just as they did in Anaheim, combining for five points on the evening. Lindblom lead the way, picking up an assist on a play eerily similar to his game-winning set up on Tuesday, this time to Wayne Simmonds, who had just replaced Voracek on a change.
Lindblom also picked up his third goal of the season later in the period, crashing the net and kicking the puck in. The play was reviewed, and the replay officials determined the puck hit the stick of a Kings player after the distinct kicking motion, so the goal stood. Patrick picked up assists on both goals.
For the most part, the defense held, only allowing 21 even strength shots on Brian Elliott, who made several key saves, and was especially good during a long 5-on-3 the orange and black were actually able to kill.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows in Flyers-land, as Dave Hakstol continues to make perplexing personnel decisions, namely playing Travis Sanheim five fewer minutes than the next closest defenseman, despite his pairing with Radko Gudas being the team’s most effective from a shot-metrics standpoint.
But we’ll take what we can get as the Flyers attempt to turn around their dreadful October and string together some wins in the season’s second month. Listen to BSH Radio’s Director of Fun and Games react to the win and give his take on what’s next for this team on the Facebook Live postgame.