Isaac on Flyers: Here’s Why Shayne Needs to be Here
PHILADELPHIA — Two home games in a row now, Shayne Gostisbehere has fired a slapshot in overtime to give the Flyers a win, this time a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.
According to NHL public relations, Gostisbehere is the first rookie in Flyers history to have multiple game winners in the same season, let alone the same week.
“It’s a pretty fun ride right now and I have no plans of getting off it,” Gostisbehere, 22, said. “I haven’t had that many OT winners in my life. It’s a surreal moment but we’re going to keep going and look toward New York.”
Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who drew up the play on the white board during a timeout just before the goal, remembers what the pressure was like. He came into the league being expected to be the savior just like what Gostisbehere is to the Flyers’ future.
“Well, I had a lot of support,” Giroux said. “I had (Simon) Gagne, (Danny) Briere, (Scott) Hartnell, (Mike Richards), (Jeff Carter). That’s a lot of players. I was on the third line and kind of doing my thing. He gets put on the power play and he’s logging a lot of minutes. I think he’s doing a good job of staying focused, enjoying the game.”
Sure seems like it. Gostisbehere was recalled after Mark Streit had surgery for a “detached pubic plate,” a painful injury that will keep him out another month.
Since then, Gostisbehere has taken a big piece of the pie for the Flyers. He’s quarterbacking the first power-play unit, just like Streit usually does, and is averaging 18:27 of ice time. He has five points in seven games and is learning on the fly, just like the struggling Flyers.