COMEBACK COMPLETE Even though certain players and a certain line shined, chalk up the Flyers’ dramatic 4-3 comeback victory in overtime to a total team effort.
“The fourth line gave us some great energy shifts. Danny’s [Briere] line was good. Schenn looked good. Lots of positives to take from tonight,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.
But you might not be able to tell just by looking at the first period stat sheet. Trailing 2-0, the Flyers put themselves into a deep hole after two periods of play.
“The only thing I didn’t like in the first period was the score,” added Laviolette. “The shots, the chances, a couple of tough breaks and then we got better in the second and better in the third. I was glad to see that we were resilient, but for me I was positive after the first, after the second and after the third. I thought it was a good game. I just didn’t like the scoreboard.”
The line of course we’re referring to is the Hartnell-Giroux-Jagr line, which combined for seven points, highlighted by Jagr’s two goals and an assist evening.
The Flyers came back after the first period and kept firing, 47 shots in total, which also gave them four unanswered goals to spoil the Ducks’ new head coach Bruce Boudreau’s debut.
Much of that had to do with the team’s power play, which scored three times for just the second time all season (the first was a 7-2 win at Ottawa on Oct. 18). It also yielded Giroux's game-winning goal in overtime.
“In the last six days we’ve practiced it a lot, almost every day,” said alternate captain Kimmo Timonen, who also provided two of his three assists on the man advantage. “It’s all about the timing and making sure everybody knows what to do out there. I guess practice paid off. Hopefully we can keep doing the little things and shoot the puck.”
The Flyers will look to win their fourth out of their last five games when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes in the desert on Saturday. Game time is 8 p.m. ET on CSN and 94 WIP radio.
|The last time the Flyers came back from a three-goal or more deficit to win a game was December 11, 2008 vs. Carolina, when they trailed 5-1 after two periods and came back to win 6-5 in a shootout. |
The Flyers outshot the Ducks 47-22. It’s the first time the Flyers have more than doubled up their opponent in shots since October 23, 2010 when they outshot Toronto 40-14 in a 5-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center.
Tonight was Jaromir Jagr’s 116th career two-goal game and third of this season.
Claude Giroux won 12 of 18 faceoffs (66.7 pct) in the second and third periods after going 1-for-6 in the first period.
With their first goal tonight, the Flyers snapped a scoreless streak of 115:24 dating back to 19:54 of second period of Montreal game on Nov. 25. They took a total of 65 shots over that span, which is equivalent to about 5 ¾ periods.
The Flyers trailed after the first period for the fifth time in the last six games. They have been outscored 11-2 in the first period over that stretch. The Flyers had outscored opponents 27-14 in opening periods of the first 18 games of the season.
Claude Giroux was named the game’s #1 star for the sixth time this season… the Flyers have had the No. 1 star of the game 14 times this season (all 14 of their wins).
Even though Claude Giroux provided the game-winner in overtime, Jaromir Jagr takes tonight’s star.
In his return to the lineup following his lower-body injury and missing four of their last five games, Jagr came up with one of his biggest games as a Flyer with a pair of power-play goals and an assist for a three-point night.
Jagr took a total of 16 shots tonight – 10 on net, three that were blocked and three that missed.
Jagr hangs on to his point-per-game pace, recording eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in a total of 20 games.
|"I think I got pretty lucky. The goalie couldn’t really see, so it was kind of cheating on Jagr a little bit. It was a nice pass by Danny [Briere] and I tried to put it in the net." |
- Claude Giroux
"On the one power play, I thought we had many chances, like three of them and we didn’t score. We knew if we had the chance, it would go in. That is what you need, one power play like that to get the confidence."
- Jaromir Jagr
|The second goal of the night by Jaromir Jagr is tonight’s turning point. Already gaining momentum with his first goal, the Flyers turned their game up an extra gear once Jagr brought the team to within one. |
The goal was the Flyers second in-a-row in a sequence of four straight goals, three of which came in the third period.
It was also the second power-play goal of the night for the Flyers. Jagr was perched at the top of the right circle and took a perfect one-time pass from Kimmo Timonen, who had three assist on the night.