1. Oskar Lindblom
#OskarStrong, that’s all that needs to be said.
2. Carter Hart
Hart, simply put, kept his team in the game all night long. He faced a barrage of shots and was hung out to dry on multiple occasions. He made many incredible saves in this game and it’s difficult to fault him on any of the Islanders’ goals. Without him the Flyers stand no chance of winning this game, he weathered the storm, and had arguably the biggest game of his career.
3. Ivan Provorov
The man who has been the one stabalizing presence on the blue line all playoffs, fittingly is the man who wins the game. He posted the third best Corsi percentage all while playing 26 minutes at 5-on-5 and a team best 38:15 altogether. He’s been the team’s best player on the back end all season, and all playoffs, and just scored the biggest goal of his career. Are we seeing a trend here with biggest (insert) of their career? This was a pretty damn important game, folks.
Provorov marks the first Flyer to score a game winning goal in double overtime since Mike Knuble in Game 4 in 2008 vs. Washington.
Answering the bell
1. Can the offense keep this clicking?
They did despite only getting to 30 shots in the second overtime. This team was maddening for much of the game offensively but man, the finish was there when it needed to be. The Scott Laughton breakaway goal that tied the game and is the reason we even went to overtime, the opening two goals that set the tone, the finish key tonight. They’ve struggled finishing seemingly all playoffs, but tonight it came through.
2. Can the Flyers play a full 60 minutes?
No, not even close, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. This series is now a best of one, and Game 7 is all that matters. Play a full 60 minutes Saturday, and you’re going to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004. LET’S GET IT.
Plays of the game
Typically we reserve this for just one play, but let’s be real, it’s only fitting to have the Lindblom tribute in here as well as the Provorov goal. Oskar Lindblom just played a hockey game not too far removed from his final cancer treatments, this man is a warrior, and he’s our warrior and it’s amazing to have him back.