Flyers Slip Past Predators

Published on February 4th, 2011

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ville Leino

The Philadelphia Flyers won a close one 3-2 over the Nashville Predators.  This was the only meetings between the two teams this season.  This was the beginning of a 4-game home-stand for the Flyers.  For this game, Anders Lindback started in net for the Predators and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers.

In the 1st period, forward Jeff Carter swooped into the slot and blasted one past Lindback at 10:18 to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.  The Preds quickly came back at 11:17 when center Marcel Goc scored off of a rebound.  At 13:45, Flyer forward Danny Briere had a breakaway but he could not overcome monstrous 6’6 Lindback in net.  It was a very even opening period as the Flyers held a 9-8 lead in shots.

The Preds came out in the 2nd period with more energy and seemed to be on the verge of taking control of the game.  They had 7 of the first 8 shots of the period.  Then the Preds took a delay-of-game penalty by defenseman Kevin Klein at 7:17.  The Flyers had no shots on this power-play however.  At 10:40, the Flyers got the benefit of a questionable call when a Predator goal was waved off due to incidental contact with the goaltender.  It was still a tie game but the Preds were looking much stronger.  Bobrovsky was solid in net for Philly in this period to keep the score 1-1.

The Flyers came alive 6 minutes into the 3rd and looked to pull 2 points out of a subpar effort.  They peppered Lindback with shots and got a power-play at 6:15.  Preds winger Joel Ward got a minor for hooking.  The Flyers converted at 6:55 when Ville Leino snuck a rebound in.  The Preds got a power-play of their own and tied it at 10:18 when Ward claimed a loose puck and banged it past Bob.  With overtime looming, Leino struck again at 16:46 and the Flyers held on for a tough 3-2 win.  This was Leino’s 1st 2-goal game of his NHL career.

Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette on extending Leino’s shift on the game-winning goal said, “I thought Ville had a strong game, strong with his skating and strong on the puck.  I thought time was ticking down and we’re looking for something so we have a faceoff down there…He ended up catching a break and just catching some wind so I put him back out there.  I think it was more of a hunch than anything else.”  He continued on Leino’s play, “He was strong on the puck and when he’s doing his thing, in the third period, he’s very difficult to play against.  It’s tough to get the puck back from him and I think that’s what we remember from him last year when he came into the playoffs.  He’s a dangerous player when he plays at that style and speed.”

Their next game is at home vs. the Dallas Stars on Saturday February 5th.

Comments

  1. Posted by Joe DT on February 5th, 2011, 17:38

    Nice twist on VIlle’s spin-o-rama for the game winner!