Joel Farabee cannot stop giving out compliments after games. It’s a fortunate sickness that will not let any niceties stay in his mouth. With every Philadelphia Flyers win, if the 21-year-old is on the stand, he will tell everybody how much he likes how other dudes played the game.
Just after Monday’s 5-4 overtime win over the New York Rangers, in which Farabee himself was able to score a goal and earn an assist, he spent a good portion of the time going over and over about how sick as hell Claude Giroux’s powerplay goal was.
“It’s so fun for me to watch. G’s goal was one of the crazier things I’ve seen. Jake literally called that play exactly right before it happened. I just watched it from the point. They are so good and are such good leaders." - @FarabeeJoel on @28CGiroux and @jachobe. #PHIvsNYR pic.twitter.com/VyrSwxMTAH— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 16, 2021
I really wish I had the audio for this moment, because all I can assume is that Farabee looked like a kid that just saw his friend go over a plywood ramp in their driveway. Full of glee, he needed to share his thoughts with the world and describe some electric play that he got to sit back and admire.
Who can truly blame Farabee for becoming a fanboy during that goal?
Giroux ties the game up at 4! pic.twitter.com/y2tm3odvLi— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) March 16, 2021
Giroux passing it off to a patient Voracek, waiting for his captain to sneak behind the Rangers net and tap in the equalizing goal, all synced up perfectly.
Beyond the sheer beauty of this perfected play, it was able to force overtime in an early must-win(ish) game to break the downward trajectory this team is facing. But Hell, no one cares about that and it’s all about having good vibes. Joel Farabee is here to tell us everything is going to be alright and the Flyers have incredibly talented forwards that can make plays like that—to orchestrate a tying goal with mountains of overflowing confidence and a knack of reading poor defenses. Thank you Joel.
This isn’t the first time Farabee dropped everything and decided to move the spotlight, sending it to shine bright on the more established forwards or linemates.
Earlier this month, he went on a small streak and was able to point out how nice it is to play with Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk. Just a boy from Syracuse that likes to play with some top-tier talent on the damn Philadelphia Flyers.
With some solid underlying numbers to boot, the top trio has found some chemistry amidst the chaos that is the last 12 months for this team.
Even if Farabee currently has 24 points through 25 games, he will lay the blame all on his teammates for getting him the puck or making the plays, or just being there when he needed to score a damn goal. Just always looking out for a self-esteem boost that we truly all need.
Find your Joel Farabee in your life.