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Alex Lyon of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms
03-14-2019, 03:42 PM,
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Alex Lyon of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms
was up early as usual Thursday to take a walk and stop for a breakfast sandwich and his morning coffee.The 25-year-old goalie was no worse for the wear a little over seven hours after he finished a 94-save performance in an American Hockey League playoff game in North Carolina that stretched to seven periods and 146 minutes Youth Brandon Sutter Jersey , 48 seconds of play.”This morning I’m feeling happy, obviously,” he said. ”The saves aren’t as big a deal to me as us getting the win. To win after basically playing 2 games is such an emotional … oh, a relief. The human body wasn’t meant to do that.”The Philadelphia Flyers‘ top farm club beat the host Charlotte Checkers 2-1 when Alex Krushelnyski scored 6:48 into the fifth overtime. The game began shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday and ended at 1:09 a.m. Thursday, making it the longest game in the AHL’s 82-year history.Lyon, surprisingly, did not set a record. The AHL mark for most saves in a game belongs to Michael Leighton, who stopped 98 shots for the Albany River Rats in a 3-2, five-overtime loss to the Phantoms on April 24, 2008.”Someone rubbed that in my face,” Lyon said, laughing. ”You think you’re in the record book, and you’re not.”The NHL record for saves is 92 by the Detroit Red Wings‘ Normie Smith in a 1-0 playoff win over the Montreal Maroons in 1936.Lyon, who started seven games and appeared in 11 for the Flyers this season, stopped the last 79 shots while shutting out Charlotte over the final 119:56. Charlotte outshot Lehigh Valley 95-53, including 54-29 in the overtime periods.Lyon lost count of how many water bottles he went through; normally he drinks at least eight in a regulation game. To keep their energy up Brendan Leipsic Jersey Kids , Lyon and his teammates drank Coke and ate cookies, brownies, fig bars and bread slices during the overtime intermissions.He went through a range of emotions. At times he savored the atmosphere, especially the fast pace of regulation and the early part of the first overtime. But the game slowed, and he acknowledged getting irrationally frustrated as his teammates struggled to score. He also fought boredom.”You’re standing in the crease for so long,” he said, ”and you’re seeing the same thing over and over again. It really blends together.”Lyon said his 94-save feat shouldn’t overshadow the work of his teammates.”I wish I could act like the warrior in this situation, but we had one of our defensemen go down with a knee injury halfway through the first period,” he said. ”So we were playing with five defensemen (instead of six), which is totally mind-blowing to me.“At least I can try to recover and take a knee when the puck’s down at the other end. Sometimes you go through four or five minutes of a lull where you’re standing around. Five defensemen? It doesn’t seem like a big deal to maybe a common fan. I’m sure you know it’s so much more ice time, just so much more, so that was really impressive.”The Phantoms lead the Atlantic Division best-of-seven finals 3-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes‘ affiliate and, because of their five-overtime win, can wrap up the series Saturday.”You put in so much effort and so much work,” Lyons said, ”that it’s nice to come out with something to show for it.” PITTSBURGH (AP) His team embarrassed by the defending Stanley Cup champions in a lopsided playoff-opening loss http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authent...rov-jersey , Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol could have panicked. Instead, he doubled down.No switching up the lines. No swapping the goaltenders. Nothing. Hakstol didn’t think changes were necessary. As ugly as getting blown out by Pittsburgh in Game 1 looked, it felt even worse. That was motivation enough. No personnel changes necessary.”It was pretty tough for us to walk out of the rink a couple nights ago,” Hakstol said. ”That wasn’t us.”This was.Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists, Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots and Flyers cooled off the Penguins 5-1 on Friday night to even the first-round series at a game apiece.”Said it coming in, nobody is really giving us a serious chance in this series,” Hakstol said. ”I don’t know if anybody still will. I do know this, we’ve got it down to a five-game series and we introduced ourselves into this series tonight.”Shayne Gostisbehere, Travis Konecny, Andrew McDonald and Nolan Patrick also scored for the Flyers. Two nights after getting crushed 7-0, Philadelphia responded by keeping Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in check and taking advantage of what few chances it produced against Matt Murray to beat the Penguins for the first time this season.”For all the doubters out there, there you go,” Flyers forward Claude Giroux said.Game 3 is Sunday in Philadelphia.Patric Hornqvist scored Pittsburgh’s lone goal with just over 5 minutes left to avoid the shutout, but the Penguins looked ordinary for long stretches after looking unstoppable in the opener.Pittsburgh outshot the Flyers 35-20, a number that didn’t include a pair of shots that hit the post early or Crosby fanning on a wide-open net in the waning seconds of the second period. Elliott, pulled in the middle of the second period in Game 1 http://www.canucksshoponline.com/authent...ser-jersey , also stoned Crosby on a breakaway earlier in the second.”You always look back and there are the `what ifs’ but that happens sometimes,” Crosby said. ”We just have to stay with it. That’s the way the playoffs work.”Matt Murray’s shutout streak dating to the 2017 Stanley Cup finals ended at 225:49 when Gostisbehere scored on the power play late in the first period. Murray finished with 15 saves to lose for just the third time in 17 home playoff starts in his career.The Flyers struggled to sustain pressure on Murray but took advantage of what few opportunities they created. Philadelphia went on the power play late in the first period when Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese was called for boarding and the Flyers – who didn’t even manage a shot on net during four power plays in Game 1 – needed just one to take the lead.Gostisbehere sent a shot from the point that made its way through a Patrick screen, between Murray’s legs and into the net with 37 seconds left in the opening period to end the fourth-longest playoff shutout streak since 1990.It didn’t take the Flyers nearly as long to beat Murray again. Less than two minutes actually.Murray actually managed to get his right pad on Couturier’s shot from in front but the puck popped up, caromed off Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang and into the net 47 seconds into the second.The Penguins began pressing but Elliott responded. Crosby broke in alone just past the game’s midway point but Elliott’s glove swallowed up the Pittsburgh captain’s backhand attempt. Late in the second, Crosby needed to simply redirect the puck into the net while standing at the right post. Instead, it skittered straight across the goal mouth and out of harm’s way. Crosby smashed his stick over the crossbar in frustration.”If I find a way to put that one in, it’s 2-1, it’s a different game,” Crosby said. ”So, that one and the breakaway was the big turning point in the game.”When Konecny held off Chad Ruhwedel and chipped the puck over Murray’s glove 1:21 into the third the Flyers had control. Just over 18 minutes later they had their first victory Pittsburgh in 383 days to go home with the series even.”It was a little weird last game,” Elliot said. ”I think this game we really came out and everybody played their role really well. We played a great team game.”NOTES: Letang went to the dressing room for the majority of the second period after Giroux slammed into him just seconds after Crosby and Giroux collided. Giroux was not called for a penalty and Letang returned for the third period. … Pittsburgh went 0 for 4 on the power play. The Flyers were 2 for 3. … Amanda Kessel, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. women’s hockey team at the 2018 Olympics and the younger sister of Penguins forward Phil Kessel, led the sellout crowd at PPG Paints Arena in a ”Let’s Go Pens” chant before the opening faceoff.—
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