IS SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE ALREADY FLYERS’ BEST PLAYER?

By Sarah Berkowitz

Shayne Gostisbehere is easily the most exciting member of the Flyers.

And he may be the best!

His latest feat? Try another game-deciding goal in overtime. That’s three for the 22-year-old in just over a month with the Flyers.

“It’s pretty awesome of course you can’t do it without your teammates,” Gostisbehere told CSN after practice at the Skate Zone on Wednesday. “It’s been fun for sure but sometimes you gotta pinch yourself. You definitely gotta move on and worry about the next game. Tomorrow it’s Vancouver, just gotta move on.”

For Gostisbehere, everything is about the team. Unlike his flashy demeanor on the ice in which he usually takes the spotlight, the second-year pro is pretty subdued when asked to break down a certain or play or evaluate his own game.

He’s proving to be a significant impact player, one the Flyers haven’t had on the back end in quite some time. But what is it that makes him so clutch?

“Probably good teammates,” he said with a chuckle. “They put me in good situations, let me do what I did. It’s probably a compliment to them for sure.”

Gostisbehere’s latest heroics came in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He made a poke check in the defensive zone that led to a two-on-one rush with Jakub Voracek, who made a nifty backhanded pass through the middle of the ice for Gostisbehere to bury.

Except Gostisbehere almost got too much of his shot. He drilled the top crossbar and the puck took a favorable bounce into the wide-open cage. No worries. All part of the plan, right?

“Definitely not,” he said. “I cut it a little close there. I think Jake would’ve killed me if I missed it but good thing it went in because I don’t think I had enough legs to get on the backcheck.”

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