Flyers Week in Review: The March of the Penguins Trilogy

This may be the first Flyers Week in Review where all three games involved are against the same opponent. The Orange and Black have been seeing yellow and black for the past week, taking on their instate rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers were outplayed on Tuesday, losing 5-2 thanks to 2 Kasperi Kapanen goals. It appeared that it was going to be another letdown on Thursday, but after falling behind 3-0, the team rallied and came away with the 4-3 victory. On Saturday, it was a back and forth affair that was ultimately won by Pittsburgh 4-3. As usual, several guys stepped up and had outstanding performances.

The Farabee Movie

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Unfortunately, Joel Farabee was not able to play in all three games against Pittsburgh. He was only able to take the ice in Tuesday’s loss. In that game, though, Farabee was the main cog of the Flyers offense.

The sophomore opened the scoring with a goal in the second period, off a feed from the red hot Sean Couturier. This was his ninth of the season, which already suprassed his goal total from last season. Later on, he scored once again, hitting double digit goal totals. These were the only Flyers shots that found the back of the net. He shot the puck four times, and recorded five hits on opposing Penguins.

Farabee did not play Thursday due to COVID protocols, so he was only able to showcase his talent twice this week. His absence is a major blow to the team, as he is tied for the team lead in goals with James van Riemsdyk. He is also two points away from tying last year’s total, so it’s easy to say that the former 1st round pick is finding his groove with the Orange and Black.

Oh Captain, My Captain

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I came very close to putting Giroux on last week’s Flyers Week In Review due to his three assist performance against the New York Rangers, but I decided against it. This week, he was a shoe in thanks to his three point night against the Penguins on Thursday, leading the Flyers comeback.

Things were looking good for the Flyers captain with a second period goal, with Oskar Lindblom and Nicolas Aube-Kubel picking up assists. In the third period, Giroux took charge. He was the primary assist on Scott Laughton’s game tying goal, and he scored the game winner with 2:08 remaining in the game. He did this in just over 14 minutes of ice time, and he scored on 50% of his shots that game.

In 18 games this year, Giroux has just 3 goals. On the positive side, he has 14 assists, so he’s averaging nearly a point a game. The last season he did that was 2018-19, where he put up 85 points in 82 games. He’s also a plus 7 so far on the season, tied for 2nd among Flyers forwards.

Konec(ny) The Dots

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Going into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh, Travis Konecny was on a bit of a cold streak. He was out for nearly the entire month of February, and he hadn’t put up a point since January 26th. He was barely shooting the puck as well. In the second game of the three game set, Konecny’s offensive firepower began to return.

Konecny was a force on the power plan, providing the primary assist on Sean Couturier’s tally to start the Flyers comeback on Thursday. Later on, he was the secondary assist on the Scott Laughton goal that tied the game at 3 apiece. During Saturday’s finale, Konecny scored the first goal just 2 minutes into the game, on a beautiful 2 on 0 breakaway with Scott Laughton. This was TK’s sixth of the season. He also had the secondary assist on the Kevin Hayes goal that evened the score at 2.

That’s 4 points in 2 games for the 23 year old. He had to spend some time on the COVID list this year, and he was struggling to find the scoresheet after he returned. If this scoring pace continues, Konecny will be yet another offensive playmakers that the Flyers have on their roster. Despite the scoring slump, he does have 10 points in 14 games this season.

Beam Us Up, Scotty

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I talked about Scott Laughton a couple of weeks ago, and he has begun to shine in his role as a bottom six forward. In 18 games this year, Laughts has 13 points and is a plus 8. Not bad at all.

Much like most other Flyers, Laughton was held off the scoresheet in the first game against the Penguins. Things were looking up for him starting in Game 2. Laughton lived up to his reputation as a clutch goal scorer by tying the game up at 3, before Claude Giroux scored the game winner to complete the comeback. During Saturday’s battle with Pittsburgh, Laughton had two primary assists, one on the Konency tally and another on Shayne Gostisbehere’s 3rd goal of the season.

The 26 year old is a pending free agent, so the Flyers have a decision to make when it comes to Scott Laughton. He’s only making $2.3 million at the moment, which is one of the better deals on the team. However, he will be getting a pay raise on his next contract if this performance keeps up, and it would be amazing for the Orange and Black if they can lock up Laughton long term.

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