On the Ice with Isaac: Ghost Breaks NHL Scoring Record
There was never much question about talent or ability. Hextall just hoped the kid didn’t get a big head.
Well, even in setting two records Saturday it was tough for the rookie defenseman to have a smile on his face because the Flyers had just lost.
“It definitely means something,” Gostisbehere said. “I’m sure my grandpa’s really proud of me, but it’s more of a team game for us. We’re trying to make the playoffs here. It’s a big thing. It leaves a sour taste in our mouths because we needed those two points.”
Gostisbehere’s goal was the only one for the Flyers in a 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. His power play tally extended his point streak to 11 games, which marks a record in Flyers franchise history for rookies of any position and set an NHL mark for a long streak for a rookie defenseman.
“Obviously it’s nice to see for him,” said Wayne Simmonds, who jumped into the air to avoid blocking Gostisbehere’s shot as it went by him. “He’s a hell of a player and he’s only gonna get better.”
The 22 year old from South Florida is the son of a jai alai player who met his wife at the fronton where the games were played. Gostisbehere’s maternal grandfather, Denis Brodeur (no relation to the former Devils goalie), got him into playing hockey.
It has gone exceptionally well, especially this season for the Flyers. Eight of his 10 goals have come when the game is tied. He’s been a clutch player, which would be grounds for developing a bit of an ego.