If anything is clear from the Flyers’ 2017-18 season, it’s that blueliner Ivan Provorov is a warrior.
Provorov had a monster outing in Game 5 against the Penguins, logging 30:07 of ice time and recording six hits and two blocked shots. His status for Game 6, however, was up in the air after he crashed into the boards with less than 90 seconds remaining in Friday’s victory.
Considering GM Ron Hextall declined to provide an update on Provorov on Monday, many figured the Russian blueliner would be unable to play.
Provorov did suit up for Game 6, however, picking up an assist in over 20 minutes of ice time as the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs. He’s yet to miss an NHL game in his young career.
Provorov was clearly playing through some type of injury and got burned on one of the Penguins’ third-period goals.
The 21-year-old showcased some serious emotion on the bench late in the game, before taking the weight of the world on his shoulders in a gut-wrenching post-game interview.
Ivan Provorov on the bench as the Flyers get eliminated. All heart. pic.twitter.com/bgBUGOnntd
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 22, 2018
Owning up to mistakes in a game he shouldn’t even be playing in. Provorov plays with a ton of heart and will be a cornerstone on the Flyers’ blueline for a very long time.