Photo courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Facebook page.
After getting a good look in back-to-back wins for the Flyers, Shayne Gostisbehere was once again in the lineup on Tuesday night against Los Angeles. However, his time on ice was limited, especially late in the game. He made a risky play in front of his own crease on a breakout that caused some oohs and aahs on one of his three short shifts in the 3rd period. Overall he has 16 shifts totaling 12:40 time on ice with one shot on goal and with a -1 rating.
Prior to Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay the Flyers called up another defenseman from the AHL, Brandon Manning. There was speculation that this move was just precautionary for the road trip, but that wasn’t the case. The arrival of Manning lead to Gostisbehere being scratched from Thursday’s game. General Manager Ron Hextall wants to get Gostisbehere big minutes in the AHL before playing more in the NHL, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In Manning’s 2014 debut on Thursday he put up an assist with a nice floater to the net on Jakub Voracek’s goal in the 3rd period. Manning’s previous NHL experience showed as he played 14 minutes and put up an assist and an even plus-minus.
With the Flyers calling up Manning on Wednesday, that left the Phantoms a bit shorthanded on the blue line for their game that night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Rob Zepp stopped 30 of the first 31 shots he faced before letting in the overtime game winner in a 2-1 losing effort. The Phantoms definitely put up a good effort though with 43 shots on goal and 9 power play opportunities. Special teams were key here, with the Penguins scoring their first goal on an extended 5-on-3 power play.
Defensive prospect Robert Haag registered a game-high 7 shots on goal, while the top line of Taylor Leier, Scott Laughton and Andrew Gordon had 4, 5, and 4 shots on goal respectively.
Lehigh Valley’s lone goal was scored by tough guy Zack Stortini who also managed 7 shots on goal.
This was the first home loss for the Phantoms as well as their first overtime loss, winning both of their previous overtime games.
Mark Alt was scratched with an upper body injury, and might be missing up to a month. Brett Hextall was also scratched but should be on the ice within the next week.
The Phantoms are now 4-2-1 on the year and continue their season on Saturday against the Hartford Wolf Pack (4-2-1) at the PPL Center in Allentown.
The Reading Royals skated to a 3 to 1 victory over the Wheeling Nailers on Thursday night. Forwards Olivier Labelle, Adam Hughesman and David Marshall all tallied goals with six different Royals registering an assist on the score sheet. Royals goalie Connor Knapp stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced, losing his shutout with just under two minutes to go in the game
The Royals are now 3-2-0 and continue their season Saturday in a revenge game for the Wheeling Nailers, this time on the Nailers home ice.
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There were no penalties called in the first period. In the second, nine were called between the two teams.
But it was a late third-period penalty for too-many-men that proved most costly to the Flyers. Ironically, it was also one of the few that they agreed with following a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
"We’ve been a disciplined team all year and all of a sudden we’re undisciplined tonight?" head coach Craig Berube said. "I’ll give them too many men on the ice. That was the one good one they called."
As if losing prized free agent Paul Stasny to a shoulder injury wasn't enough, the St. Louis Blues found out two more of their top forwards will be joining him on the injury report. Capatain David Backes and T.J Oshie both suffered concussions in Tuesday's game against the Stars.
Backes played a shade right around four four minutes when he collided with Trevor Daly. As the two collided, Backes got turned around and smacked his head on the ice. He was taken back to the room and did not return. There is no timetable as of yet for his return.
Oshie also suffered a concussion that night as his head came in contact with the goal post. The shootout wizard was hit from behind in the crease. He was evaluated but returned to play over 20 minutes of game time only to be shut down afterwards.
The New York Rangers will be without defensemen John Moore for five games. Moore was suspended by the leagues department of player safety for a hit to the head of Minnesota forward Erik Haula. this marks the second time Moore has been suspended by the league.
The league stated, although Haula was elgible to be hit on the play, it was Moore who was at fault for the hit to the head. Moore had the dreaded in person hearing Wednesday afternoon. Based on the severity of the hit and the fact that Moore is a repeat offender the league handed down the five game ban.
The entire Flyerdelphia family sends it's thoughts and prayers to Mr. Hockey and the entire Howe family. As most of you know Gordie Howe suffered what was classified as a significant stroke this week. Intial reports seemed bleak but since Wednesday there have been reports the Hall of Famer is making some progress in his recovery.
Howe's son, former Flyer defensemen and Hall of Famer himself, Mark released a statement the other day. He said his father has had a few mini strokes over the summer and doctors had warned the family the mini strokes would get worse.
While Gordie has a long way to go if he is to recover, Mark believes his dad could do it. "We're keeping our fingers crossed. If anybody can recover, I know Dad can". Good luck Gordie.
There were a few milestones reached last night. Penguins forward Evegni Malkin recorded his 400th career assist in the Pens 3-0 victory over the Kings. Marian Hossa recorded his 1,000th point in Chicago's 5-4 shootout win in Ottawa.
Points Leaders through 10/30/14
Goals - Perry 9
Assists - Voracek 12
Points - Seguin, Crosby, Voracek 15
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