Alright game’s started let’s see how they look oh hey Giroux on a breaka ... never mind then I guess. Things were a tad helter skelter at the beginning of this on, with rushes and scoring chances coming in bunches. The Flyers dominated the first four minutes but the Devils controlled play for the good majority of the next three minutes. Damon Severson came down the wing and took a simple wrist shot should be no problem for — oh no.
Severson beats Carter Hart with an admittedly good shot, but this is a save you’d like your goalie to make. So how would the Flyers respond? Would it be James van Riemsdyk continuing his hot streak? Shayne Gostisbehere? Maybe a gritty goal from a depth player like NAK, oh wait I am just receiving word a gritty goal from a depth player was scored just waiting on who it was.
(Narrator: It’s Nate Prosser.)
There you have it folks Nate Pross ... excuse me, who now? Yes, Nate Prosser, in his first NHL game in over two years, found himself in the crease to pot a greasy goal to tie the game for the Flyers. We may chuckle because of the absurdity of it, but my goodness what a feel-good story this is. Absolutely have to be happy for the guy who scores just his 11th career NHL goal.
Nate Prosser puts home the rebound in his Flyers debut! pic.twitter.com/gdP4BEJDwr— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 29, 2021
After all the insanity, this period boiled down a messy, sloppy 20 minutes of hockey. Shot attempts favored the Devils along with expected goals, but the score remained tied at one heading into the second.
The following period began much like the first, with both teams getting time in the offensive zone and not a ton of whistles, which wasn’t always a good thing. There seemed to be at least a few missed calls on the Devils, and then when a penalty finally was called it was on Nolan Patrick for “slashing.”
As they did in the first, the Devils began to take advantage as the period wore on before finally one of the officials decided it was indeed legal to call a penalty on the team in red. Nothing would come of it though, and sure enough the Devils got a power play for the beloved too much man infraction just a few minutes later. The two teams would once again go into the next period tied, this time for the final 20 minutes.
Okay maybe this time the Flyers could start well and continue that? Well they sure got the first part down. Michael Raffl scored after he buried the rebound on a Connor Bunnaman shot rang iron, and gave the Flyers the early lead in the final frame. There wasn’t a whole lot of pretty plays in this game with the ice being rougher than the lives of those hedge fund folks am I right? Stonks? I don’t know what the hell is going on someone tell me if I’m doing this right.
Bunnaman hits the post and Raffl puts home the rebound! pic.twitter.com/M3deCKpfaC— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 29, 2021
The question became then could the Flyers sustain it and hold a lead, especially after blowing one in the first game vs. New Jersey. Well, the captain put his mark on the game to answer that question. After getting his stick taken away from him, Giroux got it back just in time to redirect a Erik Gustafsson shot by Scott Wedgewood, giving the orange and black a two goal advantage.
Gustafsson with a nice slap pass, and Giroux has the Flyers up by 2! pic.twitter.com/7rUGmb5J9M— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 29, 2021
They continued to play a much improved game in the third period behind a very strong effort from the fourth line. They were sound defensively and provided an intimidating forecheck that kept the Devils on their heels for much of the night. It may not have been the prettiest couple of wins, but they are two huge wins regardless.