A lead going into the third period? Opening it up to a two-goal difference on a short-handed breakaway by Sean Couturier, holding that lead with 1:09 left in the game?
Any normal team would win this in regulation. But not these Flyers. Oh no, they are no normal team.
Rasmus Anderson brought the game to 4-3 with 1:08 remaining and Sean Monahan tied it with seven seconds left in regulation. Then our long lost son Johnny Gaudreau won it 35 seconds into overtime, matched up on the first shift with Couturier, Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov, the same trio that threw away the game 10 seconds into the extra frame less than a week ago.
So much went wrong, where to begin. Dave Hakstol saw it fit to play Andrew MacDonald for more than 22 minutes, while skating Travis Sanheim, who scored another pretty goal on a dish from Claude Giroux, for under 11 minutes. If Dave Hakstol is in on this “stealth tank” he’s not being very subtle about it.
Listen to the BSH Radio postgame reaction following another loss that was both somehow stunning and completely believable.