Flyers Fall to Coyotes in OT

Published on February 23rd, 2011

Jeff Carter pounces on the rebound | Source: Joe del Tufo

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Philadelphia Flyers returned home after a 4-game road trip in which they went 3-1 and played the Phoenix Coyotes on this night.   The red-hot Coyotes riding a 7-game winning streak clipped the Flyers 3-2 in overtime to continue their impressive run.  This was the only meeting between the Flyers and the Coyotes this season.  For this game, Ilya Bryzgalov started in net for the Coyotes and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:
Carter-Giroux-Hartnell
Briere-Nodl-Leino
Richards-Versteeg-JVR
Powe-Shelley-Carcillo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Pronger-Carle
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-Bartulis

Could this be one of the best fights of the season? | Source: Joe del Tufo

Early the 1st period, the Flyers got two odd-man rushes but did not get a really good shot off on Bryzgalov on either.  At 6:24, Ville Leino tipped in a soft, innocent shot by defenseman Matt Carle to surprise the Coyotes and take a 1-0 lead.  The Flyers got a little sloppy late in the period allowing the Coyotes some strong scoring chances off of Flyers turnovers but Bobrovsky was there to turn them aside.

17 seconds into the 2nd period, former Flyer Scottie Upshall obliterated Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis with a big hit that left Bartulis on the ice.  He was attended to until going off under his own power.  He did not return.  At 6:58, Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley and Coyotes Nolan Yonkman dropped the gloves and energized the crowd with a top heavyweight tilt.  Shelley skated off bloodied but appeared to have won the bout.  Neither team was able to take the momentum from this and translate it into a goal this period.  After two periods of play, the Flyers led in shots 22 to 16.

The Coyotes got the equalizer at 2:44 of the 3rd period when forward Mikkel Boedker skated down the wing with the puck and fed a beautiful pass to Eric Belanger who finished.  Taylor Pyatt then gave the Coyotes the lead at 10:30 when his seemingly easy shot took a bad bounce and ended up in the net.  The Flyers had two power-plays in the last half of the 3rd period but were unable to convert.  With the regulation winding down, Flyers winger Claude Giroux got the puck to the left of the goal and slung it over Bryzgalov’s shoulder at 18:47 to knot the game at 2-2.

In overtime, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen took an ill-advised hooking penalty at 1:36.  The Coyotes’ power-play had a barrage of chances to end the game.  Finally at 2:41 of the extra session, Coyotes captain Shane Doan was fed the puck heading in alone on Bobrovsky and fired it in to end the game and give the Coyotes the 3-2 overtime win.

Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette  said on the loss, “Anytime you lose a game, you lose a game. They are always tough. You want to win every game you play…it was a game where we owned a lot of the zone time and the chances were in our favor. The power play was really moving the puck tonight with getting some good opportunities and good looks. The defense seemed really into the game. What I am disappointed about is that Bart [Oskars Bartulis] came back into the lineup and he was terrific. He played really strong for the time he was out there and it is unfortunate because I thought that should have been a major thing for us.”

The Flyers’ next game is at home vs. the New York Islanders on Thursday February 24th.

Flyers Scott Hartnell screening Bryzgalov | Source: Joe del Tufo

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