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Nolan Patrick Grateful For Coaching Staff's Patience


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January 14, 2018  (2:36 PM)
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"The Philadelphia Flyers penalty kill has not been very good of late, but it looked much better in a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. The PK unit did give up a power play goal in the second period, but it was killing off three first period penalties that was a huge factor in the win.
That power play goal came while Nolan Patrick sat in the box for high sticking and Patrick went back to the sin bin for the same infraction less than four minutes later. However, head coach Dave Hakstol decided not to send a message with a benching, like he has down with young players in the past.
"He had a couple minutes to recover his thoughts on the next shift," Hakstol said, per the Courier-Post. "It's about getting ready for the next battle. The stick penalties we took, his included, some of those are intensity related in terms of taking care of your stick. That's something that we can't do too often and as a young player that's something he can learn from. Also the positive of him being able to go out and give us some good minutes after that, I think that speaks to his mental toughness and his character to do that."
Patrick was grateful that he received a longer leash from Hakstol than we have seen in recent history.
"Obviously it was nice mentally to get back out there," Patrick said. "Those penalties are unacceptable. I think I was a little too excited for the game. I've got to keep my stick under control there. Obviously we have a great coaching staff and great group of guys so it really helped me mentally.""

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