By: Haley Taylor Simon
The Philadelphia Flyers played their last home game last night before the All Star break. The Flyers hosted the LA Kings who’ve been holding their own in a very competitive Pacific division. The Kings had the majority of the puck dominance early on in this game, but James Van Reimsdyk got the Flyers on the board giving them a 1-0 lead. This game had a pattern of a lot of back and fourth between the two teams; The Kings got a power play goal equalizing the game at one. This didn’t take Wade Allison long to put one in the back of the net regaining the Flyers’ lead, 2-1. It only took the Kings a little over a minute to take away the Flyers’ lead and ended the first period at two a piece.
The second period of play was a lot more competitive with both teams fighting hard to gain puck possession. Rasmus Ristolainen regained the Flyers’ lead and getting his second goal of the season. At the end of the second the Kings equalized the game at three.
Unlike the first two periods; none of the teams scored in the third period. It was choppy, but ultimately overtime was needed to settle the battle between LA and Philadelphia. A minute into OT the Kings scored, and the Flyers did get a point, but lost their second game in a row after their loss to the Jets Sunday night.
The Flyers go on the road to face the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and head up north to face the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night. After that; the Flyers go on a week long break for All Star break. Kevin Hayes is the Flyers’ All Star this year. Hayes has been proving to fans why he deserves this; despite many thinking it should of been Travis Konecny who should of went. Hayes with 44 points, 29 assists, and 15 goals has been playing the hardest he’s played this season in the past month. Hayes was able to accumulate his first hat trick against the Ducks a week ago, gained an assist last night against the Kings, and two goals against the Jets. The center has been proving to not just the fans, but it seems to himself that he is back on track.
Before the break it’s important for the Flyers to get back on track, which is possible against these two organizations they’ll be battling against. Puck drop is tomorrow night at 7pm.