Tuesday’s Sport 6, a must-win for the Flyers of their sequence with the Islanders, had all of it — or, as coach Alain Vigneault stated with fun, “(We) discovered a method to make it fascinating.”
Philadelphia was staked to a Three-1 lead thanks to 3 gamers getting their first targets of the postseason — one, captain Claude Giroux, obtained his first in 15 playoff video games, not together with his three scoreless video games within the spherical robin, courting again to 2018.
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It had a two-goal comeback by the Islanders within the final 5 minutes of the sport, with one other man, Derick Brassard, getting his first within the bubble to tie it up.
And it had an unlikely extra time hero in Scott Laughton, who saved the Flyers’ hopes alive by scoring his co-team-leading fourth playoff purpose. Laughton had a career-high 13 targets within the 2019-20 common season and only one purpose in his 9 earlier playoff video games.
“(My feelings) had been fairly excessive, I used to be fairly fired up. I feel most likely one of many larger targets in my profession to attain” Laughton stated postgame. “Clearly a pleasant feeling however (Ivan Provorov) did a superb job of getting it to the web and simply tried to get my stick on it. So, was actually excited however … we’re nonetheless down within the sequence and we have got quite a lot of work to do.”
Whereas Laughton’s purpose was enormous, preserving the Flyers alive of their best-of-seven sequence with the Islanders, the first-period purpose by Giroux to get his group on the board was large. He scored 53 factors (21 targets, 32 assists) in 69 video games through the COVID-19-shortened 2019-20 season, however had been scoreless so far within the bubble. His means to carry out within the playoffs has additionally been referred to as into query as he solely has 25 targets in 83 playoff video games — two in his final 26.
“You need to produce, you need to have the ability to assist the group and I used to be capable of get a stick on it,” Giroux stated. “I had a number of probabilities within the first and simply could not discover the again of the web and when that went in it clearly felt fairly good.”
Philadelphia now trails New York Three-2 within the sequence (Sport 6 is Thursday), however the group does have some expertise with comebacks. Each Giroux and James van Riemsdyk had been a part of the 2010 group that trailed Three-Zero to Boston earlier than profitable in seven; Vigneault led a Rangers group again twice from Three-1 deficits, which is the place this 12 months’s group was. Oh, and a type of Rangers’ sequence was in opposition to the Capitals — led by present Islanders coach, Barry Trotz.