The Vancouver Canucks (12-9-4) made a visit to the city of Brotherly Love to take on the hometown, Philadelphia Flyers (12-7-5) in the spacious Wells Fargo Center on a brisk Monday evening.
Philadelphia was fresh off a disheartening loss at the hands of the reeling Calgary Flames less than 48 hours earlier. The Flyers offense has been sputtering while the defense has been rock solid.
The Canucks would flash their defense in the opening stanza and kept the Flyers on the perimeter which made life easy on San Diego native, Thatcher Demlko who easily turned aside 8 Philadelphia shots.
His counterpart, Carter Hart was equal to the eight of nine Canuck shots but was helpless when JT Miller lit the lamp at the 10:34 mark to put Vancouver up, 1-0.
A welcomed sign for the Flyers, Jake Voracek got on the score sheet and assisted on a Sean Couturier goal mouth scramble that tied things up at 5:54 of the middle period.
The Flyers were able to open up lanes while sniffing out any Canuck chances.
A huge dominating stanza witnessed the home boys totally dominate and outshot Vancouver, 17-4.
Scoring woes were still prevalent and the second ended with a 1-1 standoff.
The Philly faithful were a bit restless with the lack of production from so much domination. They would be calmed when Justin Braun fought his way through traffic and hit Voracek for a highlight goal with 8:33 to play.
Could the Flyboys grind it out? The Canucks were laying pressure and seemed to have the game tied with twenty seconds remaining but Carter Hart snuffed out an apparent goal and Philly pick upped a morale-boosting victory, 2-1.
Blue Lines: The goaltenders were on center stage. Carter Hart kicked aside 16 of 17 chances while his counterpart, Desko, was outstanding with 32 saves.
The faceoffs favored Philly, 32-20 with Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes winning nine with Sean Couturier throwing in 8.
Bo Horvat won 14 of the Canucks 20.