Flyers Achieve Overtime Win

Flyers achieve a 5-4 overtime win. The reeling Philadelphia Flyers (14-9-3) kicked off a two-game series in Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers (11-12-4) in an effort to right the Philly ship. An influx of bad habits have haunted this team but, at least for one night, they exorcised those demons.

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Falling behind early, James Van Riemsdyk hit the net at the 3:47 mark with help from Justin Braun and the constantly improving, Joel Farabee. Another constant, Shawn Couturier helped out Ivan Provorov. With 5:05 played the visitors corrected the falling behind and ended the first up, 2-0. Maybe I spoke too soon as New York fired back. Artemi Panarin, Colin Blackwell, and Julien Gauthier put the Blue Shirts up, 3-2. On to issue two and three.

The power play and the struggles of Captain Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. With 1:34 remaining in the second and trailing by a goal, Giroux and Voracek set up Farabee on a… wait for it…. a power-play goal!

The teams went to the third period. The question was, “Can Philly pull off a gut check and pull this one out?” Brendan Lemieux and Brett Howden got assists on a Kevin Rooney marker at the 2:56 mark. 2:37 would elapse and the issue of items 2 and 3 would be addressed again when Giroux and Provorov assisted on an absolutely beautiful goal for Giroux on the power play!

On a play that was drawn up before the faceoff, Voracek drew a defender while Giroux faked going behind the net and tapped in a gimme from the edge of the crease. Philly kept the pressure on with Scott Laughton being stoned by Rangers goalie, Keith Kinkaid on a breakaway. Neither team could find the back of the net so off to overtime, they would go.

Problem 4- Bad defensive give-aways. Depending on who you are cheering for, Kinkaid either made a bad decision trying to the outlet, or Jake Voracek made a stellar steal and went in alone and bested Kinkaid to pull out what, Flyers fans hope, is a season changer… we shall soon find out.

Problem 5- Allowing too many shots while not getting enough. Shots on goal were New York 24, Flyers 30. Carter Hart turned away 20 shots and looked to be crisper and a bit more confident. Philly had the edge in face-offs at 36-26 with Giroux winning, 17, and Couturier, 16. Flyers achieve a 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers.

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