Flyers Nip Senators in OT

Published on January 7th, 2012

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime.  Danny Briere recorded a hat-trick for the Flyers accounting for all of their goals.  Jaromir Jagr missed his 2nd straight game due to a lower body injury.

Craig Anderson started in net for the Senators and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Read-Hartnell
Briere-Talbot-Voracek
Schenn-JVR-Simmonds
Couturier-Zolnierczyk-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Carle-Bourdon
Meszaros-Lilja

Briere partially missed on a shot and then got his own rebound and put it in at 11:05 of the 1st period.  The Flyers led in shots in the 1st period 13 to 9 but dominated in terms of quality scoring chances.  Anderson made some stellar saves for the Sens to keep the game close.  It was a strong period for the orange and black.

Bryzgalov thwarted a 2-on-1 at 8:30 of the 2nd period.  He stopped a goal-mouth scramble at 10:34 as well.  Sens finally scored at 11:05 when Milan Michalek knocked in a rebound during a 5-on-3 power-play.  During 4-on4 play, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell swooped in at 16:35 and unleashed a back-hand that Anderson stopped.  At 18:17, Briere dropped the gloves for a fight with Kyle Turris.  The Philly crowd showed their appreciation by chanting “Danny.” 

Source: Andrew King

 

There was quite a bit of wide-open hockey early in this period.  The Flyers got two power-play opportunities in the first 5 minutes of the period but did not really come close to scoring.  The Sens then grabbed the lead at 6:43 when Bobby Butler scored from in-close.  The Flyers tied it 2-2 at 9:52 of the 3rd period when Briere got his second of game while on the power-play.   The Sens got a 2-on-1 at 14:20 with Michalek and Jason Speeza closing in on Bryzgalov.  Bryzgalov made the save.  The Flyers made a last minute bid to get the win but Anderson was strong.

In overtime, Briere completed his hat-trick at 4:54 propelling the Flyers to their 2nd straight win.  It was not the Flyers best game but they were able to get the two points cause of Briere and some strong netminding by Bryzgalov.

Briere on the winning goal said, “That one I had the feeling that they were going to kid of play casual.  I think was in a forecheck with less than 15 seconds in the period.  When Jake was able to put it behind the net, all I was thinking was that I had to jam it.  I knew I didn’t have a lot of room.  I was just trying to jam it, trying to get something going and I was lucky to find the puck back.”

Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette on Briere’s hat-trick and fight said, “Inspiring.  It inspired me.  He came out and he was skating and he was in the battles and getting knocked around and taking some and giving some.  That’s where he has to be in order to score the goals.  He has to be willing to take that from some big guys and he did tonight.  A fight, three goals won it with half a dozen seconds left on the clock.  It was terrific, terrific effort by him.”

This was Briere’s fifth career NHL hat-trick and his third as a Flyer.  His fight was the third of his NHL career and second as a Flyer. 

The Flyers next game is tomorrow at Ottawa vs. the Senators.

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