The Flyers recovered from an early Vancouver tally to tie the game in the second period, but the Canucks added two more plus an empty-netter to take a 4-1 win. Jannik Hansen scored 1:08 into the contest, which stood up until Claude Giroux equalized matters with a highlight-reel goal 2:54 into the second period. But near the game’s halfway point, Bo Horvat scored the eventual game-winner, which was followed by Jake Virtanen’s first NHL goal at 8:28 of the third and a late empty-netter from Matt Bartowski. Steve Mason absorbed the loss with 30 saves on 33 shots faced, while Ryan Miller took the win with 27 saves.
Tonight’s turning point came on a back-breaking goal from rookie winger Jake Virtanen at the 8:28 mark of the third period… The goal put the Canucks up by two goals, but also killed a growing amount of momentum the Flyers were gaining from a strong second period… The Flyers pushed the pace for the remainder of the game and pulled the goaltender for an extra man with over 1:30 left in regulation, but couldn’t solve Ryan Miller the rest of the way.
1ST - Jake Virtanen: Scored his first NHL goal and it was the one that put the Canucks up by two goals with under 12 minutes to play in the third period… He was a +1 and had three shots on goal and three hits.
2ND - Bo Horvat: Scored his second goal of the season, a turnaround shot from the slot which turned out to be the game-winning goal… He also added an assist on the night for his first multi-point game of the year.
3RD - Ryan Miller: Stopped 27 of 28 shots for his fifth win of the season and allowed one goal or less for the fifth time in 2015-16.
Claude Giroux scored his fourth goal of the season and was 19-for-27 (70.3 pct) on faceoffs - he is now 60.1 percent on faceoffs on the season… Jake Voracek had four shots on goal and now has 48 on the season, which is fourth-most in the league… Coupled with their loss in Vancouver last season, the Flyers have now dropped consecutive games in Vancouver for the first time since dropping consecutive visits in February and December of 1986… Nick Schultz recorded an assist on the Flyers only goal tonight marking the sixth straight game the Flyers defense has recorded at least a point, recording 11 points (3g-8a) in that span.
“I think there was a lot of improvement from the last few games and I think we generated a lot of offense. We played the way we wanted to play, obviously we have a lot of things we want to work on, but the score doesn’t show how better we played.” (Claude Giroux)
“I think it comes down to doing the little things right. When you’re in a little bit of a slump like that, you lose a couple games in a row, I think it just comes down to simple hockey; doing the little things right and not worry too much about the big picture.” (Michael Raffl)
“We got caught on a couple transition plays early in the first five minutes. I liked the last 15 minutes of our period. Everybody stayed pretty settled on the bench and turned it around. We played hard, we pushed and after the third goal we got a little loose and gave up too much, but you’re pushing.” (Dave Hakstol)