Quick observations from a much harder than it needed to be 3-2 overtime home victory over a team that has now lost 10 straight road games:
One and dones — ugh! There was a whole lot of one-and-done to the Flyers offense in this game, as they repeatedly tried a little too hard to make the nifty play rather than create the mayhem and rebounds that made Henrik Lundqvist look so human two days before. The most egregious example came inside the final minute of the second period when Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux played keep away in front of the Montreal net, failing to get off a shot in the process.
A close second: On a power play late in the third period, Sean Couturier — who leads the team in goals with 29 — passed up a shot from the slot in an attempt to feed Travis Konecny, streaking down his right. The puck eluded him, the opportunity was lost. Couturier redeemed himself with two nice setups to Jake Voracek: His tying goal at 18:35, and another that nearly ended the overtime before Voracek ultimately did at 1:26 of overtime. But overall the boys made this one a lot harder on themselves then it needed to be.
A Lyon to lean on? After a bumpy first start, Alex Lyon has fashioned two dependable, if not outstanding performances. He has faced a total of 53 shots over two games and allowed three goals in his second coming with the Flyers, and none were stoppable. The Rangers scored their lone goal against him Sunday only after he made two consecutive saves, the second extending his right pad remarkably to deny Cody McLeod’s rebound try off his own initial shot shot.
Tuesday night, Lyon was completely screened by Jeff Petry even before he tipped in Montreal’s first period goal at 17:47. Amid some sloppy defensive zone play by the Flyers second line, Petry somehow found himself unbothered directly in front of Lyon.
Moments later though, he made a big pad save on Max Pacioretty to keep it at 1-0, then squared up against Brendan Gallagher as he swooped in alone on the right, giving him nothing to shoot at. There was also an ealier pad save on Tomas Plekanec and a denial on his wraparound – albeit barely.
There were others before the eventual game-winner. Still in the second period he gloved Alex Galchenyuk’s laser headed for the top corner. Joe Morrow had two point-blank shots denied. Just before Montreal broke the tie after Lyon’s initial save was played back to the vacated front of the net, he stopped Galchenyuk as he cut to the middle of the ice and fired from between the circles.
Did you notice?
*After a particularly frustrating shift in which Nolan Patrick and Jordan Weal ran into each other and Patrick ultimately played it to a Canadiens defenseman, Jake Voracek could be seen yapping at the rookie. A few minutes later, on the power play, Voracek’s nice keep at the blueline fed Giroux on the other side who fed Patrick for a nice tip over Price’s glove.
*Just before that, Price had his bell rung by a Gostisbehere slapshot. Patrick was on the doorstep, obscuring his view with his stick. Time was called, Price was examined on the ice and allowed to continue.
Oskar, Oskar, Oskar. In his first NHL game, Oskar Lindblom saw 15 minutes, 11 seconds of play. “I was a little nervous there in the beginning,” the left wing said between the first and second period. “but after a couple of shifts it felt like normal again. The guys are taking good care of me out there. It’s a good time.”
Lindblom registered a shot, missed the net twice and had one blocked in 18 shifts on the night. Asked before the game what he expected from the rookie in his first NHL action, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said, “He’s here for a reason. You don’t ask too much of guys coming in, Day No.1. yet the expectations are that he’s ready to help us win. So I think he’s excited to take advantage of that opportunity.”