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Fly-by: Avalanche 3, Flyers 2 (SO)

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, December 19, 2011
FINAL SO

2 - 3
FINAL SO 1 2 3 OT SO T
Flyers 1 0 1 0 0 (2-3) 2
Avalanche 0 2 0 0 1 (3-3) 3
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   S. Hartnell (PPG, 18:30 - 1st) , W. Simmonds (19:41 - 3rd)
COL:   G. Landeskog (12:26 - 2nd) , T. Galiardi (19:16 - 2nd) , R. O'Reilly (00:00 - SO)
GOALIES

 COL: J. Giguere (W)



ALMOST...
From everything that took place past the 40-minute mark of the Flyers-Avalanche game, it looked like another typical Flyers comeback. Something they had been experienced in earlier in the month.

Tonight at the Pepsi Center in Colorado it was not to be.

Danny Briere and Wayne Simmonds connected to score the game-tying goal with just 18.3 seconds on the clock to ensure the Flyers a point in the standings and force overtime,  but the Avalanche took their near flawless franchise record in shootouts and denied them that extra point.

"It's a good learning [experience] for us," said Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who recorded over 25 minutes of ice-time on the night.

"There's no easy games and there's no easy periods you can take off."

The Flyers got on the board first, but fell victim to two second-period goals by the Avs, which put them behind entering the third period, which Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette wasn't happy with from his team.

"I was really disappointed with the second period. It was too casual, [we were] out-chanced and out-battled. The first we came out ok I thought and the third period I thought we were strong."

The Flyers scored twice in the shootout, but in the end fell short in their third attempt from rookie Matt Read who rang one off the post.

Perhaps fitting since the goal that put the Avalanche ahead earlier in the game deflected off of two players and into the Flyers net.

The loss was the first road loss in five games for the Flyers, but they will get a chance to make it seven straight with at least a point when they take on the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.
Danny Briere scored his 12th shootout goal since joining the Flyers, passing Mike Richards for most all-time in franchise history.
 
James van Riemsdyk converted on his first career shootout attempt.
 
This was just the fourth time in 55 shootouts all-time that the Flyers’ opponent has gone 3-for-3, and just the fifth occasion overall where the opponent has scored three goals.
 
The Flyers fell to 19-36 all time in shootouts.
 
Tonight marked the first time this season the Flyers did not win a game they led after one period (now 13-0-1).  At the same time, it marked just the third time this season they came away with at least a point in a game they trailed after two periods (now 2-8-1).
 
Tom Sestito became the 14th player to make his Flyers debut this season.
 
Ben Holmstrom was 6-for-8 on faceoffs (75 percent).
 
Matt Carle led the Flyers with six hits.
 
The Flyers had 20 missed shots tonight, the most they’ve had in a single game since they missed 20 against Boston on December 1, 2010.
 

Scott Hartnell
With a goal and an assist on the night, Scott Hartnell is tonight's Flyers star.

Hartnell got the team on the board and gave them an early 1-0 lead by planting himself by the right post on Avalanche goaltender J-S Giguere and being on the receiving end of a great pass by Jakub Voracek for his 16th goal of the year.

Hartnell also played a hand in the game-tying goal with 18 seconds left to play, picking up the secondary assist.

"Jagr did a good job of keeping the puck in, instead of throwing it on the boards, he threw it on net. The puck took a good bounce and went right to Jake. We had a quick 2-on-1 at the net and Jake made a great pass to me between the guys skates and I had a wide open net."
- Scott Hartnell on his 1st period goal

"We showed a lot of character coming back in the third period on the road. I like how we never quit and kept coming and coming, but it still feels like a loss; the feeling isn't that great."
- Danny Briere
Tonight's turning point came by way of a shootout. Only the second all year for the Flyers.

With the Flyers gaining momentum in the third period and providing some last-minute heriocs, the Avalanche were on their heels and kept the Orange & Black at bay in the overtime session, which began with 3-on-3 play.

The Avalanche made their way to a shootout, which given their historical success was their best way to earn the victory.

Recording goals on all three attempts, Matt Read's final shot hit the post and helped the Avs lead to a 3-2 victory (both in the shootout and game).
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Kimmo Timonen dives to break up a 2-on-1 Avalanche break..

Avalanche 3, Flyers 2 (SO)
Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - Ryan O'Reilly scored in the first round of a shootout and the Colorado Avalanche beat Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Monday night for their sixth consecutive victory at home.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away a shot by Matt Read in the shootout and had 31 saves for the Avalanche, who are 8-1 after regulation and undefeated in six shutouts.

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