Flyers 5, Rangers 4 (OT) - The Recap
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Short shifts are for losers.
Monday night’s game was a crucial one for the Flyers. Philadelphia took this one 5-4 in OT as Jakub Voracek won the game on his last breath.
The Flyers started the first period with a jump in their step. James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring just 3:47 in on a beautiful backhand pass from Joel Farabee. The whole line did great work, as Sean Couturier drove the play through the neutral zone and made the pass ahead to Farabee. They quickly added another less than two minutes later on a snipe off a face-off from Ivan Provorov. A quick 2-0 lead and a little confidence is definitely what the boys needed.
There were two bad things that did happen in the first period. Nolan Patrick got hurt with 4:58 left in the first period on an awkward play where he seemed to get his skate caught along the boards and twist his ankle. After that, Joel Farabee blocked a shot off his skate towards the end of the period. He was in serious pain. Fortunately, both players returned and seem to be fine.
Unfortunately, the second period lacked all of the good that made up the first period. The Rangers came out with lots of jump and the Flyers had no match for it. Panarin slid one past Carter Hart 8:12 in to cut the lead to one. The sloppy play continued, and the lead was erased by Colin Blackwell, as Hart was left out to dry on a 2-on-1. Shortly after, the lead was gone as Gauthier got past Ghost and threw the puck in the back of the net. The Flyers hopped on the power play after TK was high-sticked, and Joel Farabee wasted no time to throw one over the left shoulder of Kinkaid.
The end of the period got testy when Claude Giroux was flung to the ice by New York’s Brendan Smith. Nolan Patrick stepped up for his teammate and Jake Voracek stepped in as well. Unfortunately for the Flyers, the Rangers got a power play out of all of it. The period would end tied. Heading into the third, it seemed like an easy game: win the period, win the hockey game.
Or so we thought.
The Rangers took the lead on a goal from Kevin Rooney. This felt like a deflating goal, leaving a bad taste in fans’ mouths to think about their team falling to the Rangers. But Claude Giroux had other ideas. He was viciously high-sticked, and at first, no penalty was called. But after refs saw blood, they reviewed it and awarded the Flyers a four-minute power play. Claude took matters into his own hands and scored a beauty of a goal from down low on a pass from Jake Voracek -- a set play they clearly love. After not being able to score on the second part of the double minor, the period came to a close with the game still even. One point secured. But the boys needed two.
The Rangers controlled play in overtime. In fact, in four minutes of play, the Flyers rolled out just six total players. After being on the ice for nearly two minutes, Voracek was able to corral the puck and slide in probably the slowest goal in history to win in OT. But a win is a win! And the Flyers really needed this one.
This game was incredibly important, as points are a must at this point for the Flyers to get themselves back into the playoff picture. The Flyers will be right back at it on St. Patty’s day, where they hope to continue their luck and get two more points.