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Takeaways: Flyers lose important game to Pens

Bill Kornfeld
February 12, 2019 - 8:43 am
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The Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-1 Monday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins, ending their point streak at nine games. The team is now eight points outside of the playoffs following the loss. Full highlights here

A few takeaways on the tough loss to the team’s archrival:

Outplayed, outlasted

The Flyers set a franchise record for shots on goal in a period with 28 but didn’t register a goal until late in the third period. From the end of the first period through the entire second period, the Flyers simply outplayed the Penguins, but just couldn’t string together anything to show for it. The Penguins scored just over halfway through the first and just survived wave after wave of Flyers offense, until Philadelphia lost steam late in the game.

Carter Hart’s record streak ends

Carter Hart’s early NHL career has already brought quite an early list of accolades. The most impressive was his eight game win streak before his 21st birthday, which ended Monday night to the Penguins. Only former Quebec goalie Jocelyn Thiabault has achieved such a streak all the way back in 1995.  

Playoff Future

To say tonight’s game was a huge indicator of the Flyers fight back into the playoffs is an understatement. The team would’ve been just four points out to the final playoff position, currently held by Pittsburgh. Now, they've swung the other way and are looking at an eight point deficit for the last wild card spot. It’s still not an easy climb, but the Pens come back to town in just under two weeks for the NHL Stadium Series. The Flyers are still one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment.  

The Refs

In general I’m not a fan of the “all the refs hate Philly” mindset, but tonight was one of those examples you just can’t ignore. Referee Kyle Rehman blew a very quick whistle on a thought to be glove save by Penguins goalie Matt Murray, disallowing the goal by Nolan Patrick. Patrick said after the game that Rehman did apologize for the early whistle that negated the goal, and Patrick respect Rehman for acknowledging of the mistake.  

Quick Turnaround

The Flyers won’t be able to linger on this tough and disappointing loss too long, as they travel to Minnesota for a matchup on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild, a team that is also clinging to a playoff spot in the Western conference currently.

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