By Kevin Fortier Twitter: @ksfortier
The Flyers welcomed Colorado to the City of Brotherly Love for a 7:00 PM game Saturday night. The Flyers were coming off their best game of the season Thursday night where they shut out St Louis 2-0 looking to continue the solid play they displayed.
Unfortunately, Philly let Colorado get away with the extra point in a home game the Flyers should have won.
The game got off to a slow and disorganized start for both teams. Neither team created many chances in the first 5minutes or so. The Flyers took a penalty at the 4:30 minute mark on a barely visible slashing by Weise. Colorado did not manage to generate much and the Flyers killed off the penalty.
On a short handed rush Simmonds and Couturier looked to get a scoring chance, but it ended up with Couturier crashing dangerously into the net with the Avalanche player when they both lost their balance. Couturier stayed down for a minute and then got up slowly, but he did not end up missing a shift as he shook it off on the bench.
The Flyers got their own chance on the power play a few minutes later. Ghost clanged a shot off iron from the initial faceoff, but did not manage another shot on the man advantage.
End of the 1st period 1-0 Colorado.
The Flyers came out flying to start the 2nd period. Voracek had a chance on the initial shift, then Konecny was all over the ice and finally got the puck to Filppula who slapped it home past the Avalanche goaltender to tie the game.
Not long after the goal Colorado took a slashing penalty and Giroux capitalized scoring to put Philly up 2-1 at the 6:00 minute mark of the period.
Both teams had solid chances as the period continued. Colorado hit the post twice one of which glanced off Neuvirth’s sweater then hitting the inside of the post to stay out of the net.
Raffl absolutely destroyed Blake Comeau in the corner for the Great Check of the game.
Manning drew a penalty when Manning was interfered with in the Flyers end of the ice with about 6:30 left in the period. The 1st unit had some great chances and kept the puck in the offensive end for most of the initial minute of the power play.
Colorado forced a turnover and scored short handed with the 2nd unit on the ice with about 10 seconds left on the power play. The puck deflected off of Provorov’s skate and by Neuvirth. It was the Flyers 3rd short handed goal allowed on the season.
Sanheim was called for a penalty shortly after the Flyers power play ended giving Colorado a power play opportunity which the quickly converted on. Hagg tried to block a pass and knocked the puck in his own net giving Colorado the lead 3-2.
The Flyers got another power play with 32 seconds left in the period when Colorado put the puck over the glass for delay of game. The penalty carried over to the 2nd period.
End of the 2nd period Colorado 3-2.
The third period was a track meet with both teams trading scoring chances and the goalies making key saves. The third was more physical as well with both teams delivering some big hits.
A little more than 4 minutes into the 3rd, the top line hemmed Colorado in their end. Hagg delivered a slap shot towards the net the puck bounced off Couturier and right to Voracek who tapped it by Varlamov.
A minute later Colorado came up ice and took advantage of a missed clear and a turnover and scored on a wrister by Yakupov. The goal was one Neuvirth would want back. There was no screen and Yakupov cleanly beat Neuvirth 5 hole.
A minute later the Flyers 3rd line aggressively forechecked keeping the play alive in the Colorado end resulting in Weal taking the puck from behind the net and passing it to Weise in front of the net and Weise slammed it home.
The Flyers killed off a Colorado power play later in the 3rd to keep the game tied.
End of 3rd period tied 4-4.
In overtime both teams had rushes up ice. Both goalies made some very good saves to keep the game tied. Neuvirth made a great save just 15 seconds into overtime to keep the Flyers alive. Varlamov stoned Giroux 3 times in OT including showing him the puck on one save.
End of overtime tied 4-4
Weal and MacKinnon both scored to start the shootout. Varlamov stoned Giroux and Voracek and Rantanen won the game beating Neuvirth to end the game.
The Flyers have 5 days off until their next game and it could not come at a better time. Gudas and Patrick will hopefully be able to return for their next game. Also, several Flyers got banged up last night. Raffl looked especially damaged on the bench.
Col: Duchene (MacKinnon-Barrie)
Phi: Filppula (Konecny-Simmonds)
Phi: Giroux ( Gostisbehere-Voracek)
Col: Comeau (Mackinnon-Nemeth)
Col: Rantanen (Kerfoot-Barrie)
Phi: Voracek (couturier-Hagg)
Col: Yakupov (Duchene)
Phi: Weise (Weal-Sanheim)
Shots on Goal – Phi: 5-16-10-6 (37) Col: 9-9-4-5 (27)
Power Plays – Phi: 1 of 6 Col: 2 of 3
Faceoffs – Phi: 60% Col: 40%
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