Yes, the Flyers were on a little break as they had six days off prior to the game. As some of you may have noticed, I also was on a little break due to some circumstances that came up. Anyway, there has been a lot of hype in the hockey world the past few days with the possibility of Bobby Ryan being dealt. All sorts of that talk was ended when coach Randy Carlyle was fired and replaced with ex Capitals’ coach Bruce Boudreau. This would be his first game as the coach of the Ducks and coincidentally, his first game coaching with the Caps was also being played against the Flyers.
For the first time in 4 years, the Flyers would be dressing 7 rookie players due to the unfortunate injuries they have faced. Chris Pronger just recently underwent knee surgery and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks while James van Riemsdyk is still recovering from an upper body injury. Other Flyers scratches for the game were Jody Shelley, Andreas Lilja, and Matt Walker. After being suffering a foot injury on October 26 in a game vs Montreal, Brayden Schenn made his return to the Flyers lineup tonight. Jaromir Jagr also made his return to the lineup tonight, and boy did he make his presence known. Starting in net for the Flyers would be Ilya Bryzgalov (8-5-2) and Jonas Hiller (6-10-4) for the Ducks.
First period begins, the Flyers go to the powerplay 1:12 into the game. Generating only one shot on this opportunity, they are unsuccessful. The Ducks were forcing a lot of turnovers and the Flyers were looking sloppy early, especially Bryzgalov, who barely saved a few weak shots. We all knew it was coming, the Ducks went on the powerplay for the first time of the game and capitalized. In my opinion, this goal was absolutely horrific, no reason this went in. Andrew Cogliano was a little in front of the Flyers D and Bryzgalov missed a poke check and the puck slowly slid through his five-hole. A defensive breakdown is what led to Teemu Selanne’s goal that shortly followed the first one. Koivu was working behind the net and was able to dish it out to Selanne who was wide open in front of the Flyers’ helpless goaltender. Later in the period, Matt Beleskey had a cheap, unnecessary hit from behind on Sean Couturier which was followed by a lot of pushing and shoving. The outcome of the period was not changed as the Ducks led 2-0 outshooting the Flyers 11-8.
Unfortunately, I missed the second half of the second period and the first half of the third period. Anaheim’s Andrew Gordon added to the lead and made the Flyers appear to be a hopeless cause. Jaromir Jagr, who was returning from an injury, was able to shoot and salute to put the Flyers on the board going into the third period trailing 3-1. Jagr, wasnt done yet, scoring a goal on the power play to cut the Ducks’ lead to just one. With just about three minutes remaining in the game, Scott Hartnell completed the comeback and sent the Flyers into overtime. Of course though, the refs had to call a penalty on the Flyers with 1:30 left in the game giving Anaheim some power play time in the OT period too.
The Flyers penalty kill unit pulled through and killed off the hooking penalty on Jakub Voracek. What came to a surprise to many Flyers fans was that things were about to favor the Flyers. Ryan Getzlaf was assessed a minor penalty for tripping and decided to be a genius and by adding an unsportsmanlike to that too. The Flyers were set up, moving the puck well, when all of a sudden, there it was. Danny Briere winds up, fakes the shot, passes to Giroux, Giroux winding up, one-timer, HE SCORES!!!! CLAUDE GIROUX WITH THE GAME WINNING GOAL AND THE FLYERS COMPLETE THE COMEBACK BEATING THE DUCKS IN OT 4-3! Let me tell you, for those of you who are highly unfortunate and did not see this goal, it was a SNIPE. The Flyers picked up both points in the OT win and will now head down to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes tomorrow evening at 8PM.