Flyers Win Shootout in the Desert

Dec 22, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott (37) makes the save against Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (9) in a penalty shot during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Flyers entered the game against the Coyotes on a two-game winning-streak after wins against the Canadiens and the Hurricanes. The Arizona Coyotes came into the game fresh off an overtime win against the Wild in their last game. The Flyers travel to an arena that has not been too kind to them over the past few seasons where they have gone 0 W 2 L and 1 OTL in the past three visits.

The Flyers travel to Las Vegas for their first game against the first place Golden Knights tomorrow and need at least two out of the possible four points to keep pace with the rest of the Eastern Conference teams.

First Period

Over recent years the Flyers have a history of playing to the standings when they have a team struggling near the basement of the league they tend to sit back and expect the win to just happen.

The Flyers once again played back on their heels and allowed a team with only twelve wins to dominate them at the start of the game. The Coyotes cause turnovers on multiple occasions in the first period and cashed in on a series of turnovers by the Flyers in their own end. After Shayne Gostisbehere got outmuscled in the corner Derek Stephan sent a pass to Jason Demers who was able to beat Brian Elliott for the one to nothing lead for Arizona.

The Coyotes gave the Flyers a power play when they got caught with too many men on the ice and it took the Flyers only seconds to score while having the man advantage. Claude Giroux to a cross-ice pass from Jakub Voracek and one-timed it into the top of the net to tie the game at one apiece. The Flyers scored once again only a minute and a half later. Michael Raffl put a wrist shot over Antti Raanta’s glove to give the Flyers a one-goal lead.

Second Period

The Flyers started the Second period the same as they started the game. the Coyotes pushed the play and cause the Flyers to turn the puck over. It took less than thirty seconds for the Coyotes to tie the game back up. From a scrum along the boards, the Coyotes were able to get the puck back to the point. Niklas Hjalmarsson passed the puck over to fellow defenceman Alex Goligoski then drifted down to the top of the faceoff circle and put a wrist shot past Elliott for the tie.

The Flyers once found themselves on the power play after Derek Stephan got called for holding Michael Raffl. The Flyers needed only a minute to make the Coyotes pay for the mistake. Shayne Gostisbehere found a wide open Wayne Simmonds in front of the net for the deflection of a wrist shot to once again put the Flyers up by one goal. The period would end with the Flyers ahead by one goal.

Third Period

The Flyers trouble against nonplayoff teams continued in the third period. The Flyers once again became a turn over machine and the Coyotes. Zac Rinaldo who has about as many games suspended as he has goals in the NHL found a puck that came out of a board battle and put a wrist shot over the shoulder or Elliott to tie the game at three. For Elliott, this was the third stoppable shot that he seemed to lose as it came off the Arizona players stick. The Flyers missed two opportunities at a wide open net as the time was winding down and the game would head to overtime to decide a winner.

Overtime

The overtime period looked like a Coyotes practice session. The Flyers were dominated by the Coyotes almost the entire overtime. The Flyers managed only one shot near the end of overtime and the game ended in a tie.

Shootout

Jakub Voracek and Nolan Patrick managed to score in the shootout to give the Flyers a win that they did not deserve. Brian Elliott left the game with an injury after the second Arizona shooter. Elliott looked like he took a stick to the neck after making a save. Michael Neuvirth came in to finish the shootout and did not allow a goal on the five shots he faced.

Up next

The Flyers play their first game ever against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights are leading the Western Conference in points and are coming off a five to three win against the San Jose Sharks.

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