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Fly-by: Flyers 2, Coyotes 1

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 7:14 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 2, Coyotes 1
Thursday, November 17, 2011
FINAL
1 - 2
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Coyotes 0 0 1 1
Flyers 0 1 1 2
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GOAL SCORERS

PHX:   M. Boedker (03:38 - 3rd)
PHI:   J. van Riemsdyk (12:37 - 2nd) , M. Read (19:41 - 3rd)
GOALIES

PHX: M. Smith (L)


HARD FOUGHT W
There were many underlying themes in this one and the most obvious was Ilya Bryzgalov facing his former team.

Bryzgalov came out on top and was spectacular, stopping 30 of 31 shots from his former teammates, but he also exemplified perhaps the most important aspect of the win. It was a hard fought contest that BOTH teams desperately wanted to win.

"Ya know, it’s nice when your own team scores the last minute and not much time left to bounce back from the other team, especially from a tough game like this,” said Bryzgalov.

That was never more present than right off the bat for the Coyotes, who fired 16 pucks towards Bryzgalov in the first period alone.

It wasn’t a one-man show however. The entire team has been sticking together, playing hard and most importantly, holding leads and fighting off the opponents attack when it matters the most.

“You need to play in those tight games and know how to win them,” said Flyers captain Chris Pronger. “We’ve had games where we have lost leads late and lost in the shoot out or overtime, whatever the case may be. We lost the lead in the third period but we really stuck with it and really pressed.

During their streak of going eight games without being beaten in regulation, five of those contests have been one-goal games.

What was clear tonight is that it was another grind-it-out game and that the Flyers are starting to come out on top more often than not.

“I thought our guys played hard,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “It was a hard fought 60 minutes. I thought Phoenix played hard as well. It was one of those games… if you relax for a minute or if you get casual for a bit, it can really hurt you. I thought we did a terrific job staying with it for 60 minutes.”
- The Flyers now have points in eight consecutive games, going 6-0-2 in that stretch (14 of possible 16 pts).

- Rookie Matt Read scored his sixth goal of the season, which ranks second in the NHL among all rookies. His 11 points rank fourth in that same category, while his plus-minus rating of +6 is tied for second.

- Fellow rookie Sean Couturier leads all NHL rookies with a plus-minus rating of +9.

- Before tonight, the Flyers and Phoenix were the only two teams that had only one road loss.  Now the Flyers stand alone in that category.

- This is the third time this season the Flyers have had 40 or more shots in a game, but just the first time they have won in that circumstance. 

- Matt Read had six shots on goal tonight, and additional five toward the net – four were blocked and one missed.  James van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere also had six shots apiece. 

- Every Flyer except Jaromir Jagr and Zac Rinaldo registered at least one shot on goal tonight.

- Claude Giroux played a game-high 24:41 tonight.


Ilya Bryzgalov
Bryzgalov had the spotlight on him for the past two days and he certainly came through in tonight's game.

The ex-Coyote stopped all 16 shots in the first period, 30 of 31 shots in total and kept Phoenix scoreless throughout all eight minutes of power-play time.

Bryz made it known early that he was on his A-game after flashing the leather on Coyotes’ leading scorer Ray Whitney who went in all along on a break away but was robbed went he tried to go high-glove.


“We love Bryz.  He’s a huge part of this team, and a great person.  Whatever other people say, who cares?”
- Flyers GM Paul Holmgren

“Well, I think the execution has been really good. I think that maybe there is a little bit of continuity with some of the players that are going out on the ice. And then it comes down to execution."
- Peter Laviolette

“You'd know if I was starting a riot out there, you'd know (laughter). But I don't know, I don't know if I deserved it. Maybe I did something, I'm not sure, but I don't recall doing anything to deserve that ten. That's just the way the game goes and you have to look positive, you can't look negatively at all...you just have to plow through it”
- Zac Rinaldo
Tonight’s turning point is an easy one.

Matt Read’s game-winning goal with just 18.4 seconds left in the clock broke a 1-1 tie in a game that was looking like it was going to 4-on-4 overtime or even a shootout with momentum on the side of the Coyotes.

Read’s sixth of the season came in a scramble out in front of Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, where he made no mistake and put it into the empty net.

It also gave the Flyers a full two points, denying the Coyotes a point in the standings.
 


PIC OF THE NIGHT: Matt Read scores the game-winning goal with 18 seconds left in regulation.

Flyers 2, Coyotes 1
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ilya Bryzgalov needed a big boost at the end to get the victory he badly wanted against his former team.

Matt Read knocked in a rebound with 18.6 seconds left to make a winner out Bryzgalov and lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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