They said it: Alain Vigneault, Alex Lyon and Scott Laughton in last night’s game
After Friday’s strong performance, the Flyers once again gave up last night’s game quite dramatically, dropping a 6v5 goal late in rule and ultimately losing in overtime. It was difficult, and we are here with the coach and the players who broke that loss afterwards.
On Alex Lyon’s play: You know what, he played really well. Disappointing for our whole group I’m sure that we let him go, it would have been another solid victory for the youngster. Unfortunately, you know, we’re looking at a penalty at the end that was, in my opinion, a limit call, and then we killed him and then they were 6v5 with Jakey walking in and we left the middle open there, a timer through it. So it’s a shame, he played a really strong game for us tonight.
On the frustrating loss: Well I mean it’s disappointing that we were close to winning this game, and you were playing this game to win, and it would have been great for Alex to get another win here tonight. , but unfortunately we couldn’t get the job done.
On the fight to score: I mean, both teams in the first two periods, I don’t think there were six chances on either side. So it wasn’t a game where there were a lot of scoring opportunities. The third one, I think when we did 1-1, uh 1-0, they had a big push over there. Alex made some big saves, especially on that shorthanded attempt, but unfortunately we weren’t able to finish.
On his game: [mic is off for a second] … as comfortable as I felt, just in tune with this last game. I just feel like I’m finding a good rhythm, but you know I’m playing the game to win and obviously it’s frustrating to give up a goal at the last minute in overtime. But I am realistic and I feel like I have a strong game and happy to keep improving.
On how his recent play is affecting what’s going on for him this summer: Yeah, that feels good obviously. I mean, you know, considering the end of the season and the inability to play, it feels good to be able to string together a few performances that I like. It took me a little while to find my game there, but you know I don’t feel like I’m doing anything crazy, I’m just playing my game. It just gives me good confidence to keep doing the things I do.
On the frustration of the loss: Yeah, I mean obviously you want to get the shutout, which is what you strive for, I don’t … I’ve gotten pretty good at this point in my career not to think about it too much. Just super frustrating. As good as you play, you always give up a goal in the last 40 seconds, then give up one in overtime and you lose the game. There are still learning experiences to be had, and if I can just find a way to lock it in there for 40 more seconds, whether it’s just to clear my head, it’s still an experience of valuable learning, that’s kind of how I see it.
Looking like the goalie he was for the Phantoms: This is how I feel. I feel like I’ve been playing a lot of good hockey there for a long time now, and it’s always been hard for me to translate that to the NHL level, but I feel, given a little track here. in the last two. weeks ago, I sort of had the confidence to just know “okay, I’m going to be back in the net no matter what.” So mentally it helped me a lot to experiment and find a way to translate that. And for me, that’s what it’s all about, just finding a way to play my game at that level. So it’s been a good couple the last few games here, but we still have two days left and I have to try to win on Monday.
On the feeling in the locker room, not being able to nail the shutout for Lyon: Yeah, it’s been kind of like that all year, so. He played a real solid game in front of us and they had the chance to score a 6v5 goal and then score in overtime. So tough for us, but I thought Al had done an amazing job for us tonight, and gave us a chance to win, and that’s all you can ask for, he played really well. It sucks, but what can you do now.
On the lack of scoring until late: Yeah, that was pretty sloppy, I would say. Not a lot of chances either way, and they had some good looks, and Al made some good saves, but kind of a neutral zone game where you’re kind of chasing. But we thought we played well enough to try to get one, but unfortunately not.
On why it was difficult to win back-to-back matches: Yeah I don’t know. Like I said, I thought we played well enough to find a win, but that’s how it goes. You have to be a professional and come to the rink and be ready on Monday, and have a good game at home in front of our fans, finish the right way and be a pro for your teammates.