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Flyers' Nolan Patrick unleashes his fury in overtime (and on his stick)

Flyers' Nolan Patrick unleashes his fury in overtime (and on his stick)

Scott Gordon said the stick needed a little maintenance.

Not quite.

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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Flyers vs. Islanders: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Islanders: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers are hoping some home cooking can serve as the remedy for their sudden scoring troubles.

Sparking the offense will not come easily Saturday when the Flyers (10-6-3) host the Islanders (13-3-1).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers' goal-scoring difficulty crept up rather quietly because the team was playing well, beating quality clubs and on a seven-game point streak.

The issue became much more recognizable when the point streak was halted Friday night by a 2-1 loss to the Senators (see observations).

After scoring 3.27 goals per game over their first 15 games, the Flyers have put up just 1.50 in their past four. They've lost two straight games, scoring only one goal in each outing.

• Why won't it get any easier?

Because Barry Trotz and the Islanders are in town. New York is on a 13-game point streak (12-0-1) and allowing just two goals per game during that stretch. Overall, the Islanders surrender the NHL's fewest goals per game at 2.29.

However, New York has played only five road games — the fewest in the NHL — compared to 12 home games. The Flyers have earned at least a point in eight of nine home games (6-1-2) and are scoring 3.67 goals per game at home.

• Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss, who is 7-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .942 save percentage, doesn't have great career numbers against the Flyers: 6-4-2, 3.35 GAA, .897 save percentage.

• Playing a back-to-back set, the Flyers did not skate this morning, so it's uncertain how the lineup will look exactly.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Joel Farabee-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Carsen Twarynski
Andy Andreoff-Michael Raffl-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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Flyers' Claude Giroux on working through struggles: 'I think it's important to reach out'

Flyers' Claude Giroux on working through struggles: 'I think it's important to reach out'

Claude Giroux couldn’t have scored 241 NHL goals without some skill.

But, according to the Flyers’ captain, that’s not the only reason for his success.

“I think most of the game is mental,” Giroux said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I think a lot of players spend a lot of time working on their speed and their weight and making sure that they’re ready, and they don’t put enough time for the mental part of it. When you get to the third period and you have a chance to win the game or tie it up, I think mentally, if you’re able to be strong and put everything that is around you not in your head, you’ll be able to just perform better.”

Giroux made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old on Feb. 19, 2008. He’s experienced his share of low moments since then — and plenty of high ones, of course. He thinks his willingness to reach out when he’s been struggling has been key, including during a 21-game streak without a goal in 2013 that lasted from April 15 to Nov. 9. 

“It’s important to have different people talking to you, and different people for you to talk to them,” he said. “I’ve been doing some stuff since I was probably 20 years ago. I think it’s important to reach out. I remember one year I didn’t have a goal for the first 20 games of the season and I would go back home and I would have a tough time. I’d have a lot of struggles.

"Usually when we have a bad game it continues with a second and third bad game, so it’s important to know how to act and how to think. If you keep things too personal and you think about it too much or you want it too much, sometimes it’s just going to get worse.”

NBC Sports Regional Networks has launched a multi-platform campaign on mental health and men's health, HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports, for the month of November. You can find more information about the initiative here.

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