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Fly-by: Flyers 2, Coyotes 1

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 7:14 PM / 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 50 17 41 11 58
C. Giroux 49 16 36 7 52
M. Streit 50 7 28 0 35
W. Simmonds 50 18 13 -4 31
B. Schenn 50 11 20 -2 31
S. Couturier 50 11 12 0 23
M. Read 50 3 15 -8 18
M. Del Zotto 38 4 12 -6 16
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 36 7 7 -9 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 10 12 6 .922 2.40
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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