Fly-by: Flyers 5, Flames 4 (SO)
Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 9:24 PM / News
COMEBACK KINGSThe saying goes, one can only go to the well so many times.
The Flyers are certainly aware of that, but they keep proving themselves wrong with another thrilling come from behind victory tonight.
The latest by way of a 5-4 shootout win at Calgary, just four days following yet another 5-4 win that needed extra time in Winnipeg.
The Flyers faced a 3-0 deficit following a shorthanded goal past the midpoint of the game. The Flyers stormed back in dramatic fashion with three unanswered goals, including two within a span of 3:39 to end the second period.
"The tenacity of sticking with it shift-by-shift," said Nicklas Grossman, who played in just his fourth game as a Flyer. "It doesn't matter if we're down a goal or two, we just keep pounding away. I think that shows good character of a team."
After knotting it up at 3-3, the Flames took yet another lead off a penalty shot goal midway through the third period, but the Flyers quickly evened things back up at 4-4 off of Hartnell's second goal.
Ilya Bryzgalov fought off the Flames the rest of the way and stopped four of five players in the shootout, while the Flyers defense accounted for a total of six points on the night.
The Flyers are 2-1-0 on their current road trip and will look for back-to-back wins when they play the Sharks in San Jose on Tuesday.
|Tonight’s game marks the third time this season the Flyers have recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a game (Dec. 2 at ANA; Dec. 7 at BUF). Both previous wins came in overtime, while this one came in the shootout. There’s been only one other season in team history where the Flyers have done that – the 1991-92 season, when they also erased a 3-0 deficit to win on three separate occasions, one of which was over Calgary
The Flyers are now 5-4-1 this season when posting 40 or more shots and are 10-9-2 over the last two seasons when doing so.
The Flyers have had 35 or more shots in seven of their last 11 games.
The last time the Flyers faced a penalty shot in consecutive games was October 27 & November 1, 2007 against Boston and Montreal, respectively. Martin Biron was in net for both shots and stopped them both.
Both of Hartnell's goals came off of deflections from the point and establishing himself in front of Flames' goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff from shots at the point by Kimmo Timonen and Nicklas Grossman.
The goals were his 29th and 30th goals of the season, which tie his career high and gives him 59 points, one shy of his career mark of 60 points set in 2008-09.
"More important was the win tonight... We believe in the system and sticking with it shift-by-shift. That's what makes us successful."
- Nicklas Grossman
"I think the guys came out hard for 60 minutes… We had a couple tough bounces and as the game went on Bryz got better and stronger and made some saves for us."
- Peter Laviolette
|Trailing by a 3-1 score, tonight's turning point came by way of a wrist shot from the point by defenseman Braydon Coburn.
Coburn's goal was the second of the night for the Flyers and came with just 34 seconds left in the second period, but it didn't give the Flyers the lead.
What it did give the Flyers was momentum going into the dressing room at the second intermission.
That momentum would carryover into the 3rd period and pave the way for a pair of goals by Hartnell and set the stage for Bryzgalov and Matt Read's heroics in the shootout victory.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: Brayden Schenn collides with Cory Sarich.
Flyers 5, Flames 4 (SO)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Scott Hartnell had two goals, and Matt Read scored the shootout winner as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a three-goal deficit and beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Saturday night.
Read ended the game in the fifth round with a shot that beat Miikka Kiprusoff just inside the goal post.