“Sacred and —” — NBC Sports Philadelphia

“Sacred and —” — NBC Sports Philadelphia

VOORHEES, N.J. — Igor Zamula only had one thought when he watched Owen Tippett spin, shoot and score.

“Holy…” Zamula said. “That’s it, pretty much.”

This is a very reasonable reaction.

Tippett put on a show in the third period Thursday night, not only for the fans at Wells Fargo Center, but also for his teammates. The Flyers’ 5-1 win over the Stars was punctuated by a stunning goal that went viral on social media platforms.

“I’ve never seen a goal like that,” coach John Tortorella said afterward. “I’ve seen a lot of good goals, and I haven’t seen one for a long time.”

Tippett charged the winger down with the puck, drove down the middle and then spun out before curling a backhand shot perfectly between the crossbar and the post.

“Oh, it was unbelievable,” Nick Siler said Friday after practice. “To do it that fast, not a lot of guys can do that.”

Dallas defenseman Joel Hanley had no chance.

“As a defenseman, that’s a play that can’t be guarded,” Cam York said. “I feel bad for the guy. You can’t defend that. It’s impossible.”

What makes it so difficult?

“(Tippett) gets the puck up the middle,” York said. “If (Hanley) moves the stick to the middle, as soon as (Tippett) turns, you don’t have time to get the stick out. And it happens very quickly. … As a D, you don’t have enough time to switch your stick position, it’s in The back of the net before you know it.

“Kudos to Tip, that is an unbelievable play and I think we were all very excited for him.”

Siler, one of the Flyers’ staunch defensemen, was on the ice for the goal. He and his teammates were jubilant when they gathered in Tebet in celebration.

“I don’t even remember what I was saying, but it was like ‘cool.’ “It was exciting and he was excited too, so that was fun,” Sellers said.

Tippett is the humble type. The Flyers enjoyed seeing the 24-year-old’s smile after the goal.

“He’s humble, I’d say quieter,” Sellers said. “It’s definitely fun. I know the players enjoy it when we watch him. Just his speed and ability to really create his own offense — it’s been pretty special.”

Zamula realizes how difficult it is to try to stop such a move.

“It’s difficult to play because it’s all about events, you never know,” the 23-year-old defender said. “Does he want to hit a forehand or a backhand? It’s hard to read, especially at high speeds, it’s very difficult.”

He’s savoring it away from the bright lights of game action.

“When they do individual matches in training, Tippett has quick feet, he is a good, strong striker,” Zamula said. “So you have to play very fast and strong against him. I’m not surprised by what Tep is doing.”

York is not.

“I don’t think any of us are really surprised,” he said. “He’s really skilled and with his speed, he’s the fastest guy in the league. He uses it out there and he’s a big threat.”

“He doesn’t show a lot of emotion all the time. But he can make plays like that.”

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