By Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
South Jersey’s own Johnny Gaudreau returns to Philadelphia as the Flyers take on the Flames. Suspensions are the name of the game as both teams are down a player (Tkachuck for Calgary and Gudas for Philly). the Flyers are desperate for a win as they have fallen to seventh place in the Metro division after three straight losses.
First period: Brandon Manning opens the scoring just 1:32 into the period after dumping the puck on net from the point. It was the first goal from someone other than Giroux, Voracek, or Couturier since the November fourth game against Colorado. Johnny Gaudreau answers back for the Flames after Ferland batted the puck out of the zone as the Flyers were attacking, opening a breakaway for Gaudreau who put it past Elliott.
Kris Versteeg took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the Flyers powerplay made easy work of the opportunity as Couturier scored his 12th of the season on a rebound in front of the net. Provorov added a late goal off of a Laughton faceoff win, giving the Flyers a two-goal lead heading to the intermission.
Second Period: Some back-and-fourth play early is followed by a TJ Brodie penalty for slashing, but Dale Weise took a high-sticking call, evening the game to four-on-four for 40 seconds. Monahan answered on the ensuing powerplay on a skillful redirect. Manning took a penalty for slashing, and again Monahan capitalizes burying a rebound from Gaudreau.
Ghost took back to back penalties first for unsportsmanlike conduct which was killed, though Monahan recorded his hatrick on the second Ghost penalty for elbowing. Nolan Patrick snagged one for the Flyers late in the period.
Third period: An overall boring period with both teams getting extended offensive chances. Stajan took a late tripping call, but Flames kill it off.
Overtime: Frolik ends it after a Giroux turnover in the neutral zone.
Takeaways: This is not a good time for the Flyers. They finally find their scoring touch, but can no longer keep pucks out of the net. It’s the second straight blown two-goal lead.
Three Stars of the Game
3) Kris Versteeg
2) Johnny Gaudreau
1) Sean Monahan
PHI: Manning (Filppula)
CGY: Gaudreau (Monahan, Ferland)
PHI: Couturier (Voracek, Gostisbehere)
PHI: Provorov (Lehtera, Laughton)
CGY: Monahan (Versteeg, Giordano)
CGY: Monahan (Brodie, Gaudreau)
PHI: Patrick (Giroux, Voracek)
CGY: Monahan (Gaudreau, Versteeg)
CGY: Frolik (Backlund, Brodie)
shots: PHI 39-31 CGY
photo credit: insidehockey.com