This one took 55 seconds into overtime to finish, but the Flyers walked away from last night’s game with two well-deserved points. Carter Hart got the win, his first against his childhood idol Carey Price, as he stopped 22 of 24 shots.
Phil Myers opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the first period. After the Canadiens turned over the puck trying to exit their defensive zone, Myers took a shot from the blue line that found its way through traffic to the back of the net. It was the second goal of his NHL career and his first this season. Travis Konecny and Carsen Twarynski provided screens on Price, who seemingly saw the puck too late to try to stop it.
The Flyers dominated play in the second half of the first, but Price was more dominant. Against a lesser goaltender, the Flyers could have easily scored three or four goals in the period. That theme carried into the second period as well, as the Flyers drove play and out-shot the Habs 16-7. But Price came up with a few spectacular saves and the Habs capitalized on a good rush to maintain the one-goal difference.
James van Riemsdyk scored the Flyers’ only goal in the period as he cleaned up in front of the net less than a minute in. Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux picked up the assists on van Riemsdyk’s fourth tally of the season.
Shea Weber tied the game less than five minutes into the third period after a Flyers turnover in the defensive zone.
While the Flyers did eventually win the game, their special teams did not help their case. In six attempts with the man advantage, the Flyers failed to score a goal. In addition, Carsen Twarynski was awarded a penalty shot in the third as he got hooked on a breakaway by Weber. Price read his quick-release shot perfectly and made the easy save. The Flyers did, however, keep themselves out of the penalty box for the entire game.
Sean Couturier provided the game-winning goal less than a minute into the overtime period as he took a shot that somehow squeaked by Price. It wasn’t the type of shot that normally goes in against the Vezina Trophy winner, but the Flyers were lucky with this one. Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov picked up the assists.
After the game, the Flyers announced some devastating news. 2013 first round draft pick Samuel Morin suffered an ACL tear in his right knee on Wednesday night during his conditioning stint with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. It’s the second time he has torn the same ACL in the past two years. Morin has battled through extensive injuries throughout his career, and it seems as though with this one his time with the Flyers is likely coming to an end. The hearts of the Philly is Flyer crew are with Sam, and we wish him all the best in his recovery.
Next up, the Flyers head north to Toronto as they take on the Maple Leafs tomorrow night.