Saturday’s game in Arizona between the Flyers and Coyotes was a wild one.
Nolan Patrick played the role of hero, scoring in the seventh round of the shootout to send Philadelphia to its third straight win.
Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth was credited with the win in the Desert despite not starting the game. In fact, Neuvirth wasn’t credited with a single save.
Brian Elliott got the start in goal and took the Flyers to the third round of the shootout before suffering an injury on rookie Clayton Keller’s attempt.
Elliott took Keller’s stick to the face and had to be helped off the ice in the middle of the shootout.
Neuvirth was forced into action and helped the Flyers to victory, not allowing a single goal on four ensuing shootout attempts.
With the victory, Neuvirth became the first goalie in NHL history to enter during a shootout and win.
Elliott is currently sidelined with what the Flyers are labelling as a “lower-body injury”.
Neuvirth came in clutch and made NHL history in the process. It was the third straight win for the Flyers, who now sit third in the Metropolitan Division with 63 points – only six back of the division-leading Washington Capitals.
You can watch the entire shootout that capped off a crazy night in Arizona here:
Alex Lyon has been recalled from the Phantoms and will backup Neuvirth Sunday against the Golden Knights.