Golden Knights 3, Flyers 2: Carpenter’s late goal sinks Flyers

Updated: March 12, 2018 at 10:19 pm by Zac DeMedio

Golden Knights (45-19-5, 95 PTS) @ Flyers 2 (35-24-11, 81 PTS)

Philadelphia dropped a disappointing game to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night, 3-2. A spectacular effort in goal from Marc Andre Fleury stifled the Flyers, and a late goal off a defensive breakdown sunk their hopes of two points at home. Philadelphia will feel hard pressed to not have come away with any points, as the case could be made that they controlled the game. But this team has let games slip away from them all year, and the same mistakes are not being fixed as we head for the final stretch before the playoffs. Claude Giroux continued his recent hot streak, and Wayne Simmonds scored his first goal back from his injury in defeat.


Vegas struck first on the power play with a goal from Erik Haula. Haula attempted to make a centering pass was deflected by Petr Mrazek and found the back of the net after the deflection. It was a great idea from Mrazek, just unlucky to put the puck past himself. For Haula, it’s his 25th of the season and they might not come any easier for the rest of the year. Both teams had chances to test Mrazek and Marc-Andre Fleury, but both goaltenders stood tall despite some shaky moments from both. Each team fired 9 shots, but the Golden Knights headed to the locker room with the lead.


It didn’t take long for Philadelphia to tie the game as Claude Giroux beat Fleury for his 25th of the season. Just 1:27 into the period was all it took for Giroux to fire a wrist shot past Fleury. Sean Couturier won the race to a loose puck before sliding the puck over to his line mate, who made no mistake with his shot from his favorite left face off dot.

A scary moment for the Flyers saw Nolan Patrick head to the locker room for a few minutes after taking a high hit from former Flyer Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Patrick didn’t head to the locker room straight away, but was brought back there after making his way gingerly towards the bench. The rookie center did return during the period and resume his role on the 2nd line. Marc Andre Fleury did a tremendous job keeping more pucks out of his net, as he faced 16 shots in the 2nd frame alone and kept the game tied at 1 going into the final 20 minutes.


Vegas retook the lead just 6 minutes into the 3rd, with William Karlsson potting his 36th of the season. It came on the power play again, as a rebound fell right to “Wild Bill” and he had a wide open net to shoot at. Just a few minutes later, Philadelphia’s power play got a goal of their own. After a ridiculous play from Claude Giroux to set up the man advantage, Wayne Simmonds finished off a beautiful passing play as he roofed the puck over Fleury’s shoulder for his 21st of the season.

The Golden Knights took a 3-2 lead with 2:40 left to go in regulation. After failing to clear the zone multiple times, Vegas made the Flyers pay on the scoreboard. Ryan Carpenter scored his 8th goal of the season, and former Flyer Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had the secondary assist on the goal. A furious rally from the Flyers in the final 2 minutes wasn’t enough as Vegas held on for the win.


Marc Andre Fleury won his 400th career game tonight in Philadelphia, fitting that the longtime Penguin reached this milestone against his former rival. The 33 year old made 38 saves, with numerous save being from high danger chances. Fleury definitely stole this one here in South Philly.

The same issues that have been plaguing the Flyers all season, continue to hurt them down the stretch. Philadelphia was unable to clear the puck out of their zone late in the 3rd, Vegas won a few puck battles and before you knew it the puck was getting picked out of the net by Petr Mrazek. A frustrating fact that the same issues continue to hinder this teams success.

Columbus won their fifth straight game tonight against Montreal and they now sit at 79 points, just two back from Philadelphia. The matchup between these two teams on Thursday is looming huge for both teams, and is truly a four point game in the standings.


Flyers vs Blue Jackets, 3/15 7:00 P.M.

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