New Record Set by Philadelphia Flyers’ Ghost

Updated: February 22, 2016

You definitely don’t see rookie defensemen scoring back-to-back games, so it’s something that people in the NHL have come to expect. But Philadelphia Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere is set to change the way betting picks are chosen with the way he’s been performing lately. Because if no rookie defenseman has ever scored in consecutive games, the Ghost has just done it – for 11 straight ones.

It was January 17 when he last played without scoring. He tried, oh he definitely tried. He hit 5 shots all in all, which was more than any other player on both teams did. Can’t really say if that frustrated him and fueled him to be on fire for the next few games, but he was definitely unstoppable after that, ending in an 11-game streak.

Defying the Odds

The person he stole the record from was Barry Beck, who shone in the ’77-’78 season for his 10-game streak – something he did twice in a single season.
Sure, the Flyers didn’t win for that entire streak – it was a mix of losses and wins. But that’s not the point here. The point is that in the midst of all the more experienced defensemen, a 22-year old rookie defied the odds and went for something nobody has ever done before.

Where the Points Came From

Any puritans here who are questioning how legitimate this record really is?
Well, this is definitely a clean record. Yes, he had one point that came during the overtime. But he already had a regulation point during the game, not to mention the fact that they actually won that game – 4-3 against the Washington Capitals. If that isn’t legitimate for you, then nothing else will seem fair from your end.

This is not a testament on how the Ghost is a one-man success, if that’s what others are feeling. That’s definitely far from the truth, as 9 out of his points that came within this streak are results of power plays. So yes, he definitely had a lot of help. But the fact still remains that the points were under his name and no one else’s.

The Ghost’s Playing Career

Gostisbehere was picked by the Philadelphia Flyers during the 3rd round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2012. His college hockey career was spent with the Union Dutchmen, who was part of the NCAA Men’s Division I ECAC Hockey Conference.

The Ghost showed exceptional skill during his junior year, propelling him to become part of the 2013-2014 ECAC All-Conference First Team. He became a huge part in the Dutchmen winning Nationals in 2014 with his 3-pointers and plus-7 performance. This resulted in the Dutchmen’s victory, a 7-4 win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

It was in April of 2014 that the Ghost was finally given an entry-level contract with the Flyers. And seeing where his career is going at the moment, everyone can definitely say that there was never a regret in that decision.

For now, we’ll be expecting greater things from the Ghost as betting picks will now consider his unbelievable streak.

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