Flyers Win 4-3 in Overtime Over the Hurricanes

Published on February 9th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday February 9, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes played a weekend matinee on this day and the Flyers won 4-3 in overtime.  This game was the Flyers’ last one of a 4-game home-stand.  They went 3-0-1 collecting 7 out of a possible 8 points.  Flyers Matt Read on this said, “That’s huge, especially after having a slow start we wanted to take control of these four home games and I think we did well. I think we lost one point against Florida the other night which I think shouldn’t happen but to take seven of eight you can’t complain and you move forward from here.”

Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds returned to the line-up after missing 3 games due to a head injury.  For this game, Cam Ward started in net for the Hurricanes and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Simmonds-Briere
Couturier-Knuble-Read
Schenn-McGinn-Voracek
Talbot-Rinaldo-Fedontenko

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-L.Schenn
Grossmann-Foster
Coburn-Gervais

The Hurricanes jumped all over the Flyers to start the game scoring a mere 17 seconds into it.  Center Jiri Tlusty banged in a bad rebound for the goal.  Bryzgalov directed a rebound right out in front of the crease for Tlusty to pounce on.  Flyers then got a 5-on-3 power-play midway through the period.  Both Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen hit posts with shots but could not convert.  The Flyers got on the scoreboard at 13:52 when Brayden Schenn deflected in a pass from Timonen to tie the game. 

There was a lot of back-and-forth play in this game with neither team really dominating.  Matt Read gave the Flyers the lead at 1:33 of the 2nd period.  Canes Jeff Skinner then re-tied the game at 11:17.  The Flyers came right back at 11:32 when Brayden Schenn roared down the ice and made a nice pass to Jakub Voracek who scored to make it 3-2 Flyers. 

For the 2nd game in a row, the Flyers entered the 3rd period with a lead and gave it up.  Canes Joe Corvo tied it at 7:58 of 3rd period.  It was a lethargic 3rd period for the Flyers as the Canes seemed to outwork them much of it.   The game went to overtime.

The Flyers Daniel Briere made all forget of their 3rd period shortcomings though as he notched the game-winner at 1:47 of OT.  Briere said, “Yeah, It was an up and down game. Not one of our best but we got the results we wanted in the end and that’s what matters.”

The Flyers’ next game is Monday at Toronto vs. the Maple Leafs.

Briere had the game-winner in OT | Source: Andrew King

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