| 1. COMEBACK KIDS |
After weathering the storm for the first half of the game that saw the Flyers out-shot by a 24-8 margin late into the second period, the Flyers came alive and tallied twice in the third period to earn their second comeback in as many days, this time however the Flyers kept the pressure on just long enough for Scott Hartnell's heroics to earn the victory… The Flyers at one point went 18 minutes without recording a shot on goal, but turned that into a 180 and held the Penguins shot-less for nearly 12 minutes in the third period.
2. UNSUNG HEROES
Scott Hartnell may have gotten all of the attention on the Flyers side, but there were plenty of supporting cast members crucial to the win… Danny Briere set up Hartnell with a beautiful pass for the game-winner… Claude Giroux recorded two assists on the night to get the Flyers into overtime… Kimmo Timonen kicked things off on his 37th birthday by recording the first Flyers goal and adding an assist on the game-winner… Ilya Bryzgalov kept the Flyers in the game by making key save after key save on the likes of Malkin, Crosby, Staal and the Penguins star-studded offense to remain unbeaten in regulation in his last nine games (8-0-1).
3. RIVALRY GETTING HOTTER …
The Flyers-Penguins had an even stronger playoff feel than the Flyers-Bruins game on Saturday… The two teams combined for a total of nine roughing penalties throughout the game, which saw a rare full two minute stretch of 3-on-3 in overtime… The Pens best defenseman, Kris Letang was unavailable for six minutes because of penalties, while the NHL's leading scorer, Evgeni Malking was in the box for four minutes, all of which were in the third period.
4. HELD AT BAY
While a big story coming into today was the return of Sidney Crosby to Philadelphia for the first time since December of 2010. He was held relatively in-effective… The Penguins captain did not record a point and was denied on several scoring chances in the third period and overtime… He recorded three shots on net in 17:37 of ice-time.
5. THAT EXTRA POINT
The extra point gained by the Flyers now puts them within two points of the Penguins AND three points behind the Atlantic Division AND Eastern Conference leading NY Rangers… The Flyers now have 10 games remaining in their season, seven of which are on home-ice… In those final 10 games, the Flyers have two more meetings with the Penguins and one more against the Rangers, all of which are in April.
|Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Scott Hartnell’s goal was the latest OT winner in Flyers history. The latest previous OT goal was by Mike Richards at 4:57 on 12/11/2010 at Boston. |
The Flyers have won two games in their history with six-tenths of a second remaining in regulatoin – 10/22/03 at Anaheim (Tony Amonte) and 3/8/06 vs Carolina (Freddy Meyer).
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Flyer to score a goal on his birthday was Dan Carcillo on January 28, 2010.
In today’s third period, the Flyers had 26 attempts on net (17 shots, four attempts blocked, five shots that missed).
Scott Hartnell had two goals on three shots, six PIM and five hits.
The Flyers did not record a shot on goal in a span of 18 minutes during today's game, while the Penguins went 11 minutes in the game without recording a shot on goal.
With two assists today, Claude Giroux has not gone two consecutive games without recording a point in his last 32 games, dating back to Jan. 8-10.
The Flyers are now 9-7 in games decided in overtime this season.
Well this one's tough... buuuut we're gonna go with Scott Hartnell for today's Star of the Game.
Not only did Hartnell tally the game-winning goal with .9 seconds left in overtime, but Hartnell potted the tying goal from nearly an impossible angle.
Hartnell's physical presence also served useful to the Flyers throughout the game by taking Penguins stars Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang off the ice by drawing penalties.
| “Yeah, it was a nice win. Pretty nice atmosphere at the end there. My legs feel 37 but my mind is still 21.” |
- Kimmo Timonen
"It was a battle, sixty plus minutes against this team. You have to fight for every inch and it even took us a couple periods in an afternoon game to get ready. We were able to get a huge two points and it was a physical match. It was everything we expected on our end."
- Scott Hartnell
“He got really physical there and we needed to do that. That push was needed. We were really sleepy in the second period. We needed to get agitated ,active in the game. I think physically it helped turned around the momentum. Scotty was not only a real good physical presence but offensively."
- Peter Laviolette
Tonight's turning point came five minutes into the third period when Scott Hartnell scored at nearly an impossible angle from the goal-line to knot the score up at 2-2.
Hartnell's goal, his first of the day, came approximately four minutes after the Flyers posted their first goal to get within one of the Penguins, who had been dominating the game for the previous 30 minutes.
The goal put the Penguins on their heels for the rest of the period and after 4:59 seconds of scoreless time in OT, Hartnell ended any notion of a second straight shootout with his shot past Marc-Andre Fleury.