HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Erasing a pair of one-goal deficits, the Philadelphia Flyers got the game to overtime before falling to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, via shootout at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.
Carsen Twarynski and Oskar Lindblom scored in regulation for the Flyers, answering goals by Brock Boeser and Tanner Pearson.
Carter Hart played well, stopping 22 of 24 shots, including a vital penalty killing save in overtime. However, Jacob Markström played just a little better, denying 29 of 31 Flyers shots. In the shootout, Hart went 1-for-3, getting beaten by Elias Pettersson and Pearson. Markström went, 2-for-3, denying Kevin Hayes to end the game after Claude Giroux scored in the second round.
1st: Jacob Markstrom (30 saves, 2 of 3 shootout)
2nd: Carsen Twarynski (1st NHL goal)
3rd: Chris Tanev (2a)
The glory for Lindblom's game-tying power play goal will go the goal-scorer for a flawless finish from the left slot and Konecny for his perfect feed across. However, without a clean offensive zone entry by Matt Niskanen -- after the first power play unit struggled to get set up -- none of the rest of the play would have happened.Video: PHI@VAN: Lindblom buries Konecny's feed for PPG
* The Flyers came out roaring to start the third period with waves of pressure. Kevin Hayes especially came within a whisker of tying the game amid a barrage of early looks. Three Flyers icings in a short span then stalled their momentum.
* Statistically, the first period was pretty even, apart from the Canucks getting only tally off the rebound of a deflected shot. Jacob Markström made a highlight reel skate save on Jakub Voracek off an entry and feed from Kevin Hayes. However, stats don't always tell the real story. Canucks won more of the puck battles, and had the better and more extended offensive zone pressure.
* Right after the Flyers got the game knotted, they trailed again, 2-1, due to a series of small details adding up: The fourth line took an icing and was forced to stay out on the ice. Michael Raffl lost the ensuing faceoff. Tanner Pearson got to the net and tipped home Chris Tanev's shot. Carter Hart didn't have a realistic chance of stopping this one.
* Considering that the Flyers gave up a 3-on-1 and a 2-on-1 in the second period, and the one Vancouver goal was unstoppable for Hart, the Flyers were a bit lucky to get to the second intermission down, 2-1. The Flyers generated strong pressure on their one power play in the period, but couldn't find the net.
* After Lindblom's goal, the Flyers dominated late in regulation, just as they had started the period. A persistent Kevin Hayes and an unlucky Travis Sanheim (beating Markström cleanly over the glove but putting a shot off the far side post) came the closest. In overtime, yeoman penalty killing work by Niskanen and a huge save by Hart got the game to a shootout.
* The point gained gave the Flyers a 2-0-1 record and five points which sits fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, having played three less games than the top 2 (Carolina: 10pts, Washington: 8pts), and one point behind the Penguins (6ts) with two games in hand.
* Travis Konecny (1 assist) and Oskar Lindblom (1 goal) each found the scoresheet for the third consecutive game.
* Carsen Twarynski scored his first goal in the NHL at 3:14 of the second period... It was also his first point in the NHL.Video: PHI@VAN: Twarynski snaps shot home for first NHL goal
* On the Twarynski goal, defenseman Justin Braun, who made the long stretch pass, got his first point as a Flyer with the primary helper.
* The Flyers had 62 shot attempts - 31 on goal, 19 that were blocked and 12 that missed the net or hit goalposts - to 55 for Vancouver. The Flyers hit three posts - two in the second (van Riemsdyk, Giroux) and one in the third (Sanheim). They outshot Vancouver 31-19 in regulation play.
THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Flyers coach following shootout loss to VANVideo: Hear from Lindblom, Twarynski and Hart following loss