By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head back home after a two-game road trip that saw them beat Columbus and the Rangers on the road, two tall tasks. The Flyers enter this game with a new-look roster as they acquired Petr Mrazek from Detroit, as well as calling up top prospect Oskar Lindblom as they look to take down the lowly Canadiens.
First period: The period opened with back and forth play, as neither team was able to establish dominance early. The Habs gave the Flyers an early scare as Plekanec shot a puck that ricocheted off of Lyon’s stick and through his legs, however, replay showed that the puck didn’t fully cross the goal line. The Flyers seemed to slow down as the period came to a close, that’s when Petry redirected an Alzner point shot to give the Habs the late period lead.
Second period: The Flyers emerged for the second period again showing little urgency. Benn took a penalty for interference that Patrick capitalized on, tying the game at one. Manning and Deslauriers dropped the gloves, a fight which Deslauriers won. Flyers kept the pressure on as the period wound down.
Third period: the Flyers came out hot, but Price had an answer to everything thrown his way. Plekanec drew Lyon out of the net which left Byron to bury the puck on the open net. the Flyers had a lackluster rest of the period, but a late laser by Voracek ties the game at two and forces overtime.
Overtime: Couturier had a beautiful setup that Voracek failed to bury, but moments later Voracek wouldn’t be denied twice and win the game in overtime.
Takeaways: It was a rollercoaster of an effort from the Flyers. At times they looked great, other not so much. At the end of the day, a win is a win and that’s whats important right now. There could be some possible bad news at Konecny may be hurt after blocking a shot.
Three stars of the game
3) Carey Price
2) Alex Lyon
1) Jake Voracek
MTL: Petry (Alzner, Hudon)
PHI: Patrick (Voracek, Giroux)
MTL: Byron (Gallagher, Plekanec)
PHI: Voracek (Couturier, Gostisbehere)
PHI: Voracek (Filppula, Gostisbehere)
photo credit: insidehockey.com