By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers are on the hunt for their first three-game win streak of the season. After getting crushed in their 8-2 in their home opener almost a month ago, the Flyers head to San Jose with revenge on their minds. The Sharks have lost three of their last four, so the Flyers hope to take advantage of another struggling California team.
First period: The Flyers open the scoring just 37 seconds into the first period thanks to a tic-tac-toe play finished by Nolan Patrick. The lead wouldn’t last however, as just under three minutes later the Sharks would tie it up when Meier got past the defense for a tip-in. Even though San Jose dominated most of the period, feasting on Flyers turnovers, It was Jordan Weal who broke the tie with a spin-o-rama with help from a Weise screen to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead at the end of the period.
Second period: The Flyers started the period strong, but a Sharks powerplay by Pavelski, who was all alone, swung the momentum in their favor. Even with the Sharks stirring through much of the second period, The Flyers would emerge with the 3-2 lead thanks to a late goal by Voracek on the delayed penalty.
Third period: Sharks came out swinging as the Flyers went to their patented turtle defense. Thornton scored his first of the season on a relatively easy shot and sends it to overtime.
Overtime: Voracek let Couture skate right past him and Meier scored on a two-on-one and won 4-3.
Takeaways: It was another classic Flyers half you know what effort through most of the game and this time the Sharks made them pay unlike the two other California teams. There were some decent individual efforts from Pickard, Lindblom, and Weise, but their overall system fails them yet again.
Three stars of the game:
3) Martin Jones
2) Calvin Pickard
1) Timo Meier
PHI: Patrick (Konecny, Lindblom)
SJS: Meier (Hertl, Vlasic)
PHI: Weal (Simmonds, Weise)
SJS: Pavelski (Lebanc, Burns)
PHI: Voracek (Lindblom, Provorov)
SJS: Thornton (Labanc, Dilllon)
SJS: Meier (Couture)
photo credit: insidehockey.com