By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
In the midst of their first three-game losing streak of the season, the struggling Flyers start a week-long west coast trip in Anaheim. Luckily for the Flyers, the Ducks are going through their own struggles. Could this be the game the Flyers need to right the quickly sinking ship?
First period: The game opened with an Anaheim penalty just 1:28 into the period. The new-look powerplay didn’t look pretty, but still managed to score as Couturier deflected a puck past Miller. After a pair of weak penalty calls early, the refs put away their whistles and let the teams play which lead to an uptick in physicality as Hagg, Simmonds, and Konecny all showed their feisty side.
Second period: Aberg opened the scoring for the Ducks just 1:45 into the second period. Anaheim owned the first half of the period, but failed to score another goal. After a few big saves on Patrick, Voracek, and Couturier, The Flyers solved Miller again as Provorov redirected a Giroux point shot for his first goal of the season. Lehtera got called for slashing with one second left, so the Ducks started the third on the powerplay.
Third period: The Ducks came out swinging yet again, but wouldn’t convert until they scored on the powerplay with 2:12 left. Once OT seemed imminent, Nolan Patrick scored thanks to a great pass from Lindblom from behind the net with 1:51 left. The Flyers were able to hang on and snap their losing streak.
Takeaways: There was no other acceptable outcome. The Ducks have been a lackluster defensive team all season, and even though they didn’t score a whole lot, the Flyers looked alive for the first time in weeks.
Three stars of the game:
3) Nolan Patrick
2) Brian Elliott
1) Claude Giroux
PHI: Couturier (Giroux, Gostisbehere)
ANA: Aberg (Rakell, Lindholm)
PHI: Provorov (Giroux, Patrick)
ANA: Fowler: (Getzlaf)
PHI: Patrick (Lindblom, Hagg)
photo credit: nhl.com