Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 58: DET 5, PHI 6 (OT) - Crisis AverTKed
*Panting frantically* WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
The Philadelphia Flyers WIN, I honestly don't know how, but they WIN, 6-5, in OT, over the Detroit Red Wings! And yeah, I'd say they winged that one.
What seemed like a dominant effort for the Flyers suddenly became their worst collapse, as the Flyers blew a 4-goal 3rd period lead. But in their darkest moment, the Flyers rallied, and were able to prevail and still earn 2 points (and an ROW) regardless.
The Flyers got off to a pretty strong start in this one, but they were a little sloppy. Philadelphia broke through first on a short-side snipe by the Ghost off a cross-ice feed by Nolan Patrick. However, Detroit was able to respond, as Gustav Nyquist was left wide open backdoor and tipped the puck past Carter Hart, tying the game at 1 after 1.
But as play progressed, it seemed like the red-hot Flyers were starting to expose the lowly Wings. Travis Konency scored on a simple shot from the right circle early in the 2nd, giving the Flyers a rare (but becoming more common) 2nd unit power play goal. Just 64 seconds later, Scott Laughton mercifully got off the schneid, snapping a 26-game goalless drought with a snipe on Howard, setting the tone for the rest of the frame.
It seemed like the 3rd period was going to play out the same way. Philadelphia got 2 goals in less than a minute on rebound goals from Jake Voracek and Nolan Patrick, and with Carter Hart playing like his normal self (19 saves on 20 shots through 40 minutes), it seemed like the Flyers had this one under wraps.
Little did we know...
The Flyers TV broadcast did mention the Red Wings had a knack for coming back from big defecits to at least tie a game, and boy did they ever in this one. Detroit had a 2-goal minute of their own shortly after Nolan's tally, as Tyler Bertuzzi and Thomas Vanek both beat Hart to make things interesting. Still, it seemed like the Flyers would be fine.
And then Danny DeKeyser's point shot was tipped home by Anthony Mantha. Uh oh. Whatever, the Flyers are still winning, and the Red Wings are giving the refs about 8 chances to call a penalty in between their bevy of scoring chances. Ah, and there it is right there. Anthony Mantha cross checks Claude Giroux into the boards away from the puck, taking a 5-minute major for... that didn't get called? Really? Really. Ok, so much for that whole "caring about player's safety" thing.
Whatever, just fight through it. Detroit's got their goalie pulled, but the Flyers are doing a great job defensively. Just 10 seconds left. Mike Green throws a weak point shot on that's going well wide, and-
What a tip.
How. How did they tie it. I can't believe - who scored - MANTHA? The guy that should have been kicked out of the game a few minutes ago? Really, hockey gods?
I can't believe it. This is worse than the Calgary game. This is worse than the Nashville game last year. This is the worst collapse
since the MIRACLE AT MANCHESTER. Do you have any idea how hard it's going to be to make up for this?
Travis Konecny, hello.
Just under 90 seconds into 3-on-3, Sean Couturier fed an aerial pass in Konecny's direction. The puck bounced in on goal, off of Bernier, and right on to TK's tape. There was no room for another shot, so TK wisely but quickly took the puck behind the net, wrapping it home-
YES YES YES THANK YOU SO SO MUCH TRAVIS YESSSSSSS!!!!!!
Travis KONNECTS for one of biggest goals of his young career, avoiding a devastating collapse for his team and giving the Flyers their 11th win in their last 13 games! Never a doubt, am I right?
Over this recent hot streak, it has seemed like every bounce (with the exception of the Pittsburgh game) has gone their way. Every close game, and heck, a lot of games that they should have lost, the Flyers found a way to prevail. Today, they were tested like they haven't been all season. And once again, they found a way.
After Pittsburgh lost in regulation to Calgary today, the Flyers are now 6 points back of a playoff spot. With so little time left in the season, we're at the point where results trump process for the Flyers. While it would've been much better had they not collapsed, the bottom line is that the Flyers still got 2 points, and can potentially use this game as a springboard of momentum. That's all that matters right now.
Despite allowing 4 goals in the 3rd period, it's hard to blame this collapse on Carter Hart. On the second goal, his skate got caught in Travis Sanheim's skate. The third was a snipe by a wide open Thomas Vanek in tight. And the last two were both deflections. Hart might not've been the answer, but he also wasn't the problem.
The idea of starting Hart tomorrow doesn't thrill me though. But Brian Elliott is still in Lehigh Valley on his rehab assignment. Scott Gordon said Cam Talbot won't be an option for tomorrow. That leaves Hart, on short rest and Mike McKenna, who served as backup today. Pick your poison.
After the game ended, Mikhail Vorobyev was sent back to the Phantoms. The fact is that Justin Bailey and Phil Varone have both outplayed him, as Vorobyev failed to make much of an impact this time up. I'm not counting him out for good, but it's a bit disappointing Vorobyev hasn't become a regular in 2 different NHL stints. Hopefully the 3rd time's a charm, but that will probably wait until next year.
Speaking of kids not playing, if Phil Myers doesn't play tomorrow, just send him down. Andrew MacDonald wasn't great today overall, and was directly responsible for Detroit's 3rd goal as he backed off on the charging Vanek. Not to mention the sloppy overall defensive performance. If he can't get in after that game, then he's not gonna get in for a long time.
There might not be a hotter Flyer right now than Jakub Voracek. His 3rd period goal extended his point streak to 9, the third highest active streak in the NHL, and one game short of his career high.
Konecny now has an OT winner in back-to-back seasons against Detroit, scoring the game-winner in a 3-2 road victory on January 23rd, 2018. He also earned the POG helmet.
After starting the season 1-6 in games decided in 3-on-3, the Flyers have now won 3 straight games decided in the extra session.
For the first time all season, the Flyers are 3 games over hockey .500. They have also been over that number for 6 straight games, easily besting their previous margin of 3.
As I (and the TV broadcast) mentioned, you can never count Detroit out. They have now overcome a third-period deficit of 4+ goals to get a point (or two) for the third time in franchise history, per NHL Stats. Not a bad trait for a young team to have.
With a 1/2 showing today, the Flyers power play is now 12 for their last 27. Moving Sean Couturier to the second unit seems to have been the catalyst for this resurgence.
Mantha may not have been given a penalty for that dangerous hit on Giroux like I mentioned, but I'd be surprised if he didn't receive supplemental discipline from the DPOS.
In attendance for today's game was teenager Connor Parkkila. Connor has autism, but he has been a big Carter Hart fan from the start. Hart decided to wear #79 in the NHL because he first met Parkkila wearing a Hart #79 Flyers jersey back when he was still with Everett. Hart had Connor and his family flown out for today and Tuesday's games. Travis Konecny also gave him his stick after the game. With Hockey Day in America tomorrow, this is a reminder that hockey is far greater than the sport itself.
1st - N. Patrick (PHI) - 1 G, 2 A
2nd - A. Mantha (DET) - 2 G, 1 Dangerous Hit
3rd - T. Konecny (PHI) - 2 G
PHI - 2/17 @ DET (23-28-8)
DET - 2/17 vs. PHI (27-24-7)