The Philadelphia Flyers were unable to find an answer in goal last night, allowing seven goals on 33 shots between Brian Elliott and Petr Mrazek. Today, they’ve sent their third goaltender back to the minors by assigning Dustin Tokarski to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Tokarski’s assignment could be as simple as a paper transaction between games, with him coming back up for tomorrow’s matchup, or could signal a bigger plan. While head coach Dave Hakstol hinted that Elliott would start again in game two, there is always the option of bringing up Alex Lyon and throwing him into the fire.
The 25-year old Lyon posted a .905 save percentage in 11 games during this his rookie season, better than the .891 that Mrazek registered after coming over at the deadline. With Michal Neuvirth still out, Lyon might be one of the best options the Flyers have in net. Now down 1-0 against the reigning two-time Stanley Cup Champions, decisions have to be made quicker than ever.