This past couple of games for the Flyers was a tale of two different performances against two different teams. Against the New York Islanders, the Flyers were clutch, netting both wins in overtime. However, when the Orange and Black took on the Boston Bruins, it was nearly the exact opposite, as Philadelphia could not hold late surges from the Bruins offense, losing in both instances. There were once again players that stood out this week, and for this first time, we’re beginning to see people repeat in this segment.
A Hatty for Farabee
Joel Farabee was one of the Flyers that I raved about during the first week of the season. He looked like a star in the making, and he solidified that on Sunday in the second game against the New York Islanders.
Farabee recorded his first career NHL hat trick in just his 64th NHL game, each of his goals assisted by James van Riemsdyk. He completed the feat by the end of the 2nd period, one of the quickest hatties in the short NHL season. Out of his 4 shots on goal, Farabee had 3 of them find the back of the net. He was also a plus 3 on the night.
In the Flyers loss on Thursday to the Bruins, Farabee had yet another goal on his only shot of the game to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead. The team would ultimately come up short in their quest to defeat Boston, but that was not the fault of Farabee. He has 9 points in 11 games, and is quickly becoming the face of this young Flyers movement.
Hayes’ Hot Streak
Kevin Hayes has continued to impress his critics this season, and the momentum that he had last playoffs is carrying over into the 2021 season. This past week, he had a 3 game goal streak, which brings him up to 6 goals in just 12 games.
In the first battle between the Flyers and Islanders, Hayes was able to pot one thanks to be beautiful feed from James van Riemsdyk. The second goal of his, arguably the most impressive of the 3, was a power play score to give the Flyers the crucial 2nd point against a game Islanders team. Finally, during Wednesday’s tilt with the Bruins, Hayes was in a great spot once again, and thanks to a pass from Travis Sanheim, Hayes was set up for a one timer, in which he capitalized on to get his 3rd goal in 3 games.
Hayes has become one of the key contributors to the Flyers, and he is tied with longtime stalwarts Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux for 11 points on the year. That’s pretty good company to be around. He’s also improved from a minus 6 last season to a plus 4 this season. Hayes’ career high for goals in a season is 25, and he might able to exceed that, even in the shortened season.
Phil’s Finding His Groove
Philippe Myers may not be your typical offensive defenseman, but he has certainly looked like one over the past week or so. After putting up a blank sheet over his first 5 games of the season, Myers was finally able to add some helpers to help out his point total.
Myers’ first point of the season came when he assisted on one of Joel Farabee’s goals in the overtime win against the New York Islanders on Sunday. He was also a plus 3 during that performance, which was tied with several other Flyers for a game-high. During Wednesday’s loss to the Bruins, Myers was the secondary assist for Kevin Hayes’ one timer, giving him his second point in as many games.
Myers was not able to dress up for Friday’s loss to Boston due to an upper body injury, in which he was replaced in the lineup by Robert Hagg. He also dealt with rib injuries earlier this season. With 2 points in his 3 games back from his injury, here’s to hoping that Myers can stay healthy going forward, and that this scoring run continues.
Laughts to be Excited About
Scott Laughton will probably not reach the superstar level that Giroux or Voracek bring to the Flyers, but he has been a consistent presence on the team’s 4th line for years now. He’s spent parts of 8 seasons with the Orange and Black, and in his age 26 season, it seems like he’s finding a scoring touch to add to his game.
In last Saturday’s win against the Islanders, Laughton put up a secondary assist on Jakub Voracek’s second goal of the season. It was just his second point since January 15 against the Penguins. However, for Laughton, his big moment came up later, scoring the overtime winner to seal a Flyers victory. He is no stranger to this, as on September 1, Laughton scored a playoff overtime goal against the Islanders in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
5 days later, Laughton was the primary assist on the goal that led to Joel Farabee’s hat trick in Philadelphia’s overtime loss to Boston. Laughton’s career high in points is 32 during the 2018-19 season. He already has 6 in 12 games, which over the course of a full season would put him on pace for a career high. If he puts up a similar stat line of last year’s 27 points in 49 games, the Flyers would be more than happy with Laughton’s production.
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