Nothing without Neuvirth: Flyers force Game 6

The Flyers defeated the Capitals in a 2-0 battle on Friday night to force a Game 6 (Washington leads the series 3-2). The win was largely the result of an absolutely outstanding in net performance by Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth. The 28 year old goaltender, who replaced Steve Mason in Game 4, stopped all 44 shot attempts on goal. He has been the difference maker as of late, saving 75 of 76 shots against the team that drafted him in the 2nd round back in 2006. Flyers captain Claude Giroux spoke about his teammates extraordinary night and was quoted by saying, “They came at us pretty hard, and if not for Neuvy, we’re not winning this game.” Because of this, it was completely irrelevant that Washington out shot Philadelphia 44-11. They also out shot the Flyers 35-6 on a full 5-on-5, unbelievable!  You usually don’t win a lot of hockey games by only taking 11 shots. In order for the Flyers to stay alive for a Game 7, they must change something in their game play. Capitals coach Barry Trotz pointed to the dominant performance by his team in his post game interview. “We had a couple good looks and we didn’t finish them”, Trotz said. “They got a bit of a lucky goal. You put the puck in the net, sometimes, it goes in. It did. It went off, I think it was Chorney’s toe and went in, and it was really a nothing play. If we play like that, next game, we should be fine.” The thought of a Game 6 was unfathomable just a few days ago but thanks to the effort by Neuvirth, it’s a reality. We all know Philly loves having the underdog and the Flyers are proving that they aren’t going down without a fight. Game 6 will be help on Sunday, April 28th at noon. Tune in.

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