The way the second period went, you could sense something good was going to happen in the third period.
But, getting three goals in less than three minutes was certainly not expected.
Yet, that’s what the Flyers did – and added a fourth later in the third period, setting a franchise record by coming from behind in the third period for the tenth time in one season – defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at the HP Pavilion.
Claude Giroux had a heck of a road trip, and capped it off with a three-point effort (1G, 2A) against the Sharks while Michael Raffl netted the game-winner and Mark Streit, Matt Read and Jake Voracek also scored as the Flyers became just the second team in the NHL to get two weans on a three-game swing through California this season.
Read was excellent all game, showing a lot of speed and using his wheels to score the tying goal in the third period b streaking down the wing and snapping a shot past Antti Niemi.
He was also superb defensively, along with linemates Sean Couturier and Steve Downie as the Flyers shut down the top line of the Sharks, holding Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski off the scoreboard.
As a matter of fact, the Flyers limited the Sharks, the team with more shots on goal than y any other NHL squad, to just 22 shots total, several of which came late in the game when the Flyers had mounted a two-goal lead.
Raffl scored the deciding goal when he snapped the rebound of a Erik Gustafsson shot past Niemi and then Giroux scored unassisted, surprising Niemi with a snap shot from the left circle. It was the last shot Niemi would see, as he was lifted for Alex Stalock, not that the move would slow the Flyers captain as Giroux made an amazing pass to Voracek for a goal that was an emphatic completion to a great trip out West.
With three points Giroux has moved into a tie for 11th in the NHL in scoring with 55 points and continues to rocket up the rankings.
Streit’s goal was a power play marker, making it the seventh consecutive game the Flyers notched a goal with the man advantage.
The Flyers beat the Sharks for the first time since December 21, 2000, snapping a 13-game winless streak against the club, and won in San Jose for the first time since November 5, 1999, which snapped a seven-game winless streak there.
The Flyers now have 64 third period goals on the season, which is tied with Chicago for second-most in the NHL and is just two behind league-leading Boston. They have scored 41.6 percent of their goals (64 of 154) in the third period this season.
Stay tuned for a blog still to come plus video from the locker room in San Jose.
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