Ramblings: Flyers and Canucks Force Game 7, Boston’s Future, Allen Trade Fallout (Sept 4)

Ian Gooding

2020-09-04

The Islanders and the Golden Knights have looked like the better teams in their respective series. Yet the Flyers and Canucks have both clawed back from 3-1 series deficits to force Game 7. And you should know by now than in a Game 7, anything can happen. Here's what happened in an incredible night of Game 6's.

Philadelphia 5, NY Islanders 4 (series tied 3-3)

Ivan Provorov's goal during the second overtime period sealed the win for the Flyers, forcing a Game 7 on Saturday. Here's the goal:

Provorov also added an assist to go with a plus-3 while leading all players with 38:15 of icetime.

To get to this point, the Flyers haven't been easy on themselves. They've had to overcome the 3-1 series deficit. All three of their wins in this series have been in overtime. Then there's the shot total in Game 6, which was 42-17 in favor of the Islanders at the end of regulation and 53-31 at the end of the game. The Flyers have Carter Hart and his 49 saves to thank for saving their bacon in this game.

Alain Vigneault sure isn't making it easy on himself with his video challenges. After Matt Martin scored early in the second period to tie the game 2-2, Vigneault challenged for goaltender interference. The challenge was unsuccessful, which makes him 0-3 on challenges in this series. Anders Lee then scored late on the ensuing power play to give the Islanders the lead. Maybe it's time to have a word with the video coach.

The Flyers have also made it this far in spite of a poor power play. It went 0-for-4 in this game and has only scored four power-play goals in 14 games for an 8.7% success rate. Only the Rangers have a lower percentage of all the playoff and play-in teams. In addition, three of those power-play goals came in one game.

Oskar Lindblom, who battled a rare form of bone cancer for much of the season, made his much-awaited return for the Flyers. He was held without a point in just 17 minut