The Philadelphia Flyers fell in the worst fashion imaginable Tuesday night against the reigning Western Conference champion Nashville Predators. After stumbling out of the gate and surrendering the first three goals, the Flyers exploded in the second and early goings of the third for five straight, two from Valtteri Filppula, and one from each of Andrew MacDonald, Travis Konecny, and Nolan Patrick. For Patrick, the 19 year-old second overall pick in this year’s draft, the goal was the first of his promising NHL career.
However, less than a minute after potting their goal, Nashville responded on a goal from Filip Forsberg that cut the Flyers’ lead to 5-4. Whimpering to the finish line, the Flyers found themselves down three-men after two penalties and Nashville pulling Pekka Rinne for a sixth skater. It would be former-Flyer Scott Hartnell who, on his second goal of the night, would tie the game with 1:17 to go in the contest.
It was here that the Flyers would be the first team to feel the ill-effects of the new offside challenge rules. In a questionable move, coach Dave Hakstol challenged the play that led to the game-tying goal for offside, and when the play was confirmed to be onside Philadelphia was handed another penalty leaving the team again, on the two-man penalty kill. Less than a minute later Filip Forsberg netted the game-winning goal and his second of the game. Unfortunately for the Flyers, two points slipped away in the final 1:17 of a hard-fought contest, thanks in large part to some questionable decisions behind the bench.
The loss brings the Flyers their second of the 2017-’18 season, leaving the team at 2-2 four games into October.