The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames in overtime, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. It was a feisty, fast-paced game especially over the second and third periods.The Flyers then prevailed early in OT with Cam Atkinson scoring the game winner.
Calgary defenseman Oliver Kylington (3rd goal of the season) scored the lone goal of the first period on a point shot that deflected off Flyers' center Sean Couturier. In the second period, Scott Laughton was unable to convert a penalty shot. A few minutes later, Kevin Hayes (1st) tied the score at 1-1. The Flyers controlled most of the third period but the game went to overtime.
Carter Hart stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation. Jacob Markström denied 40 of 41 Flyers shots in regulation. Philly won the game on their first shot of OT.
Prior to the game, Paul Holmgren and Rick Tocchet were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame. Numerous Flyers Hall of Fame members attended the ceremony, along with the inductees' families. There were also pre-recorded video tributes from former teammates played through the course of the night.
The Hayes goal gave the Flyers an emotional lift and a lot of energy that they carried through the rest of regulation. At the 45-second mark of OT, after a Johnny Gaudreau turnover, Atkinson buried the rebound of a Couturier shot to win the game.
1) First period shots on goal were 12-11 in Calgary's favor but the Flames had a more pronounced possession edge (team 65 percent Corsi and 58.82 percent team Fenwick) and the more frequent and more dangerous chances at five-on-five. The Flyers had three power plays to one for the Flames, including a Flyers 5-on-3 for 31 seconds. Philly was largely confined to the perimeter and also coughed up a 2-on-1 shorthanded chance (played well by Ivan Provorov, with Hart able to take the shooter) after a cross-ice attempt by Kevin Hayes got picked off. One of the NHL's top puckhandling goalies, Markström efficiently handled Flyers' dump-in, got the puck up to a teammate and helped start an easy exit before Philly could generate a forecheck.
2) The Flyers did have two good scoring chances in the first period. Travis Konecny had a look near the net (a moment before he got boarded by Mikael Backlund). Later, Sean Couturier got robbed by Markström's pad from point-blank range. The only goal was Kylington's point shot that changed direction off Couturier at 10:31. The assists went to Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm. The Flyers got outhit in the first period, 9-3. On a brighter note, the Flyers won 15 of 24 faceoffs, led by Claude Giroux winning eight of 10.
3) The second period was a feisty, wide-open affair with numerous Grade A chances for both teams. It was also an emotional rollercoaster for the Flyers.
The Flyers were down two forwards for a portion of the period. Patrick Brown did not come out for the second period. His last shift was at the end of the first period. Later, and more concerningly, Hayes had to leave the ice, doubled over. Thankfully, he returned for the third period.
Making due with 10 forwards by the end of the period, the Flyers battled hard and played with good pace although also yielded a lot of chances at the other end. Both Hart (17 saves) and Markström (15 saves on 16 shots) stepped up big.
Early in the second period, Laughton took a crosschecking penalty before the puck was dropped on a neutral zone faceoff. The Flyers got through the kill. When Laughton exited the box, Sean Couturier sprung him on a breakaway. He was fouled by Rasmus Andersson, and a penalty shot was called at 2:38. Markström didn't commit at all as Laughton moved in. Finally, Laughton had to shoot from a side angle and the goalie made the stop.
One player who did not get on the scoresheet in the second period but had an exceptionally solid frame was fourth-line right winger Zack MacEwen. He created frequent puck pressure and had a couple of scoring chances. Another was defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, playing a very physical game/
4) At 4:37 of the middle frame, Hayes scored on a broken play. After a good keep by Ristolainen in the offensive zone, an attempted Hayes pass was blocked by Andersson but went right back to Hayes. The Flyers center then shot the puck into the open side of the net. In a heartstring tugging moment, Hayes pointed skyward in tribute to his late brother, Jimmy.
5) In the third period Hart stepped up with a huge glove save to keep the game at 1-1. Overall, the Flyers had most of the push in the period, recording 12 of the period's first 17 shots through 19 minutes.