The Flyers‘ season is almost over, and tonight was the final home game. Philadelphia travels to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks this Thursday to end the season. The Flyers had a rough year, to say the least, but there is always something to be said about the last game of the season. Fans are now looking forward to the NHL Draft that will take place next month.
The Flyers honored the late Ed Snider. It’s been 7 years since his passing. Flyers fans, staff, and players credit Mr. Snider when it comes to how special the team was when he owned the Philadelphia Flyers.
A loud applause erupted when honoring the late Ed Snider pic.twitter.com/spI9u4YqIz— Haley Taylor (@Haleytsimon) April 11, 2023
Philadelphia hosted the Blue Jackets for the final time this season. Believe it or not, Columbus’ season has been worse than Philadelphia’s. The game started with the Flyers trailing as the Blue Jackets were able to get two quick goals behind Carter Hart. Joel Farabee was able to give the Flyers life after scoring and cutting Columbus’ lead in half. With a 2-1 game James van Riemsdyk ties up the game at 2. This was his 300th career goal, which is a big milestone.
After the 1st period, it was still a tied game at 2. Early in the 2nd period, Owen Tippett, scored for Philadelphia giving them a 3-2 lead. This was all the action that the 40-minute marker drew. It was sloppy on both ends of the ice and both of the teams looked lost. This isn’t to say there wasn’t effort; it was just the nature of the game having two bad teams competing against each other this late in the season.
The 3rd period was nothing short of disappointing as Columbus was able to equalize the game at 3. It appeared that both teams elevated their effort after Columbus’ equalizing goal to get a winner without the dreaded overtime. With 60 minutes and still a tied game, overtime it was.
The overtime goal was produced by Owen Tippett who prevented the Flyers from going to a shootout. Tippett got the goal with only 16 seconds remaining in OT. Tippett earned his 25th and 26th goals of the season tonight. The Flyers defeated Columbus 4-3.
The Flyers saluting their fans. pic.twitter.com/hX3KiuOQcR— Haley Taylor (@Haleytsimon) April 12, 2023
One of the best hockey traditions is saluting the fans for their support and loyalty all season long. The Flyers players entered the center ice and heightened their sticks for one last south Philadelphia goodbye.
Timeline of what to look forward to:
April 13th – final game against Chicago
April 14th – exit interviews
Jun 28th – Jun 29th – NHL Draft