Scott Gordon said the stick needed a little maintenance.
Patrick more so sacrificed his stick Saturday.
Hey, whatever it takes for a win.
During the final 13 seconds of regulation in a 4-4 game, Patrick was denied twice by Oilers goalie Cam Talbot before firing one last shot over the net, missing the chance to bring the house down at the Wells Fargo Center.
Shortly after, the NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcast showed Patrick walking to the tunnel and taking out frustration on his stick.
Two minutes and one second later, Patrick was pumping his fist, hugging his teammates and loving his new stick. He scored a perfect shot top shelf to dramatically send the Flyers to their seventh straight win, a 5-4 OT decision over the Oilers (see observations).
"He fixed his stick after he missed the empty net in the hallway there," Gordon, the Flyers' interim head coach, said with a smile. "Got the right one and got the winning goal.
"He's been playing well. Especially to score in overtime, that probably feels even better than doing it in regulation."
Patrick has seven points (five goals, two assists) and a plus-5 rating during the seven-game winning streak. The 20-year-old center fuels on confidence, which is bubbling right now.
During their seven-game run, the Flyers have 28 goals, tied for second most in the NHL over that span. Patrick has played a significant factor with much-needed secondary offense from his third-line center role.
"Very confident," Patrick said. "I think at this point, it's wanting the puck on my stick and not trying to move it right away. It feels good."
His old stick … not so much.
"Yeah, that one I missed there, that stick's not around anymore," Patrick said.
Apparently, it was the right time to move on.
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