The Philadelphia Flyers extended their win streak to 3-games Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1.
Travis Sanheim would get the first of the Flyers six goals on the night. Sanheim’s 1st of the season ended a 34-game goal-less drought.
Cam Atkinson would make it 2-0 late in the 1st period. It would Atkinson’s first of three goals on the night.
Justin Braun gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period. Braun’s 2nd of the season ended a 24-game goal-less drought.
After the Devils lone goal, Cam Atkinson would get his 2nd on the night. This time a short handed goal.
Just 2:04 later, Oskar Lindblom would make it 5-1. Lindblom’s 2nd goal of the season and 2nd in his last 5-games.
Mid-way through the 3rd period, the hats would hit the ice. Cam Atkinson would get his 3rd of the night.
Carter Hart stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the win.
Cam Atkinson Hat-Trick
Cam Atkinson is known for a lot of things in the NHL. All of which produced a goal for the Flyers tonight.
One staple in Atkinson’s game is his penalty killing ability. Tonight, Atkinson had 3-shorthanded shots and a short handed goal.
Another staple is his forechecking. Which, since being paired with Claude Giroux on Flyers 2nd line, has been the line’s motto. Making it tough on opposing teams to handle the puck.
On the night, Atkinson finished with 3-goals, 1-assist, +5, & 7-shots in 17:13 of ice-time.
Rasmus Ristolainen Best Game As A Flyer
When the Flyers acquired Rasmus Ristolainen, many had their doubts. Doubts about a player that had spent his whole career with an organization who won 35-games just once in his 8-year career.
After an injury halted his debut, Ristolainen has slowly been making it known why the Flyers acquired him.
Game after game, night after night, Ristolainen is proving everyone wrong. Showing that it wasn’t a fluke why the Flyers gave up so much to get him.
Tonight, in his best game yet as a Flyer, Ristolainen had the primary assist on each of the Flyers first two goals. Finishing the night with 2-assists, +2, 3-shots, & 6-hits in 22:01 of ice-time.
Travis Sanheim Ends Goal-less Drought
One player the Flyers needed to get going was Travis Sanheim. Tonight, Sanheim got his first goal of the season. Breaking a 34-game goal-less drought.
Entering tonight, Sanheim had just 5-points this season. Just 2-points in his last 18-games.
Sanheim has double-digit points in each of his five-seasons in the NHL.
After scoring the Flyers first goal, Sanheim finished with 1-goal, 1-assist, +3, & 2-shots in 22:49 of ice-time.
Flyers Continue Historic Stretch Vs Devils
The Flyers and Devils have played 104-times. With the Devils leading the series 60-44.
However, one thing the Devils have never done is swept the Flyers in a season series. Something the Devils had the chance to do tonight.
After beating the Flyers 5-2 & 3-0 in New Jersey, the Devils could have swept the season series. But, the Flyers had other plans.
The Flyers took it to the Devils from the opening puck drop. Beating the Devils by a final score of 6-1.
Result : Flyers 6 – Devils 1 , WIN
Record : 11 – 12 – 4
Next Game : Thursday 12/16 @ Montreal Canadiens , Montreal Canada , 7:00pm
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