The Flyers enter tonight’s game preparing to play their first game even in Las Vegas. The Vegas Golden Knights are in first place in the Western Conference at this point of the season. The Flyers are coming off a shoot-out win against the Arizona Coyotes while the Knights are coming off a five to three win against the San Jose Sharks.
The Flyers started the game with a jump in their game and took control of the game for the first few shifts. The jump did not last long and Vegas started to push their style of play. The Knights used an aggressive fore-check to cause the Flyers to once again become sloppy in their own zone and start turning the puck over in their own end. The Knights took the early lead after the Knights won a scrum in the far corner catching the Flyers deep in their own end. Brayden McNabb received a pass from Reilly Smith and put a wrist shot under the glove of Michal Neuvirth for the first goal ever scored between these two teams.
The Flyers despite being outshot twelve to seven managed to tie the game at one when they caused a turn over just inside the Vegas blue line. Travis Konecny put a pass on the tape of Sean Couturier in the slot that he was able to redirect between the pads of Marc-Andre Fleury to mark the first goal in against Vegas in Flyers history.
The second period showed the reason Vegas is holding the top spot in the west. The Knights dominated the Flyers in every zone and outshot the Flyers fifteen to seven for the period. The Flyers top line took control of the game for two shifts near the end of the second period and gave them a lead in a game they had been heavily outplayed. Andrew MacDonald found himself the lucky recipient of goal when the puck bounced off his left foot and into the net when Couturier shot a puck wide of the net to give the Flyers a one-goal lead.
With the time winding down in the second period Sean Couturier led a rush down the far boards and drove hard to the front of the net. Couturier managed to get a weak shot off and the rebound went right to the stick of Claude Giroux who put a one-handed shot past Fleury to give the Flyers a commanding three to one lead in a game they were heavily outplayed and outshot.
As the third period started the Flyers expected a big push from the Knights who have only lost three home games in regulation all year. The Knights pushed the play in the Flyers zone for most of the period and heavily outshot the Flyers twelve to four. The Flyers were able to hold off the charge from the knights and Radko Gudas managed to score into the empty net with two and a half minutes to go in the game. The win extended the Flyers lead over the New Jersey Devils to three points for third place in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Flyers next opponent is the same New Jersey Devils that the Flyers overtook for third place in the division. The Flyers lost their last game against the Devils by giving up a one-goal lead in the third period. This will be the last game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won two out of the three previous meetings this season.