After a very poor start, the Flyers work overtime to best the Sabres, 4-3. It was ugly but, as they say, a win is a win. Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, the Philadelphia Flyers stunk up the Wells Fargo for the first two periods with Buffalo building a three-goal lead and attempting to end their 17 games losing streak.
How bad was it? Five Flyers were in the defensive zone. No problem, right? Not when all five are against the boards on the same side of the ice! Resulting in an easy goal against Brian Elliott.
Head coach, Alain Vigneault either went to panic mode or is a genius. He went to a three-line rotation with the result being twofold.
Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom, and, of all people, Joel Farabee were benched and none set foot on the ice in the third period nor the overtime.
But, the “leaders” namely, Claude Giroux, got the hint and took over what looked to be a sure loss. Forcing the leaders to step up worked on this night. Claude Giroux was a force the rest of the way.
Kevin Hayes started the comeback with Giroux following Sean Couturier to get it even and off to overtime they would go. An absolutely gorgeous goal from Ivan Provorov gave Philadelphia an ugly but much-needed victory. Brian Elliott made 29 saves and Linus Ullmark turned away 32 of the 36 he faced. A very poor start, but the Flyers work overtime to best the Sabres.