The Flyers lost 3-2 against the San Jose Sharks in a shootout this afternoon. Flyers goals were scored by Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux and the Sharks scorer’s were Matt Irwin, Joe Pavelski, and the game winner in the shootout was by Brent Burns.
An immediate disadvantage from the get go was the fact that the Flyers lost 4 players in 3 days to injuries or illness. This morning, it was announced that Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo had the flu and could not play. Due to that, emergency call ups occurred. Mark Alt, Oliver Lauridsen and Jason Akeson were emergency recalled this morning from Lehigh Valley. Alt and Lauridsen both played along with Brandon Manning (who was recalled the 26th) while Akeson was scratched.
Michael Raffl’s goal came just less than two minutes after Irwin’s. It was a great shot originally by Nick Grossmann that led to a small scramble for the puck in front between Voracek, Raffl and Stalock but eventually Raffl swatted the puck into the net.
Fast forward exactly 10:01 minutes later. Sharks PP on a soft call. The puck was fired towards Mason from an angle who made the save. Whistle blows. But then, not even a second after the whistle, the puck trickles across the line into the goal.
Now in every situation this has happened to our team this season, it has been a no-goal due to the whistle, which is perfectly logical. The refs understandably reviewed it to see what happened, but what occurred next is mind boggling. Toronto says it is a good goal. The so called “Whistle intent” was too quick and therefore made the goal count, whereas the goalie had the puck in the gear and it was out of sight. The ref had every reason to stop play but why the goal counted makes no sense.
Two goals and an overtime later, we are in the shootout. Jake scores on a great set up and Couture doesn’t. Then Giroux goes. He misses. The thing this past two seasons with Giroux and shootouts is he either goes to the one that always worked (but now doesn’t) or tries to fire it five hole (which doesn’t work). He needs to try something different and maybe score for once. Same complaint with Couturier. I’m sorry Berube, but no matter how much you want Coots to be a shootout star he won’t. Brent Burns ended up scoring the GW on Mason.
Bellemare stood out to me a lot today. Not only did he get hit in the chest blocking a shot then stay out for an extra 20 seconds, he played basically 1/2 the OT in a single shift. He really went the extra length today and while it didn’t work for every guy on the bench, it showed on the stats when Bellemare was given more ice time than usual.
The next game is Wednesday vs the Penguins in Pittsburgh.