Coming into the game against the Detroit Red Wings the Flyers were riding a three-game winning streak all against Eastern Conference opponents. The Red Wings were coming off a dominant three to nothing win against the New Jersey Devils. Detriot’s goalie Petr Mrazek also had not allowed a goal in the last two games he has played in. The last game between these two teams was a back and forth game which the Flyers managed to get the win four to three.
The period started with the Flyers looking like the team that played last night and the Red Wings looking like the team that had two days to rest. The Red Wings were winning in all areas of the ice. The Flyers were two steps behind for the whole period.
The Red Wings opened the scoring on a play that started with Brian Elliott giving the puck away behind the net. Luke Glendening took the puck behind the net and was chased to the near boards. As Radko Gudas closed in on Glendening he chipped the puck to the blue line where Jonathan Ericsson launched a shot on goal. The puck would hit Brandon Manning in the leg and deflected by the arm of Elliott to give the Red Wings a one to nothing lead.
To even hope to be in the game the Flyers needed to have a better effort in the second than they showed in the first. The intermission rest seemed to give the Flyers the time they needed to get their heads in the game.
It took the Flyers just over a minute to tie the game at one. Jakub Voracek was able to win a board battle and get the puck to Andrew MacDonald at the point. MacDonald was able to settle the puck and take a slap shot that beat Mrazek to the glove side.
With under a minute to go in the second period, Dylan Larkin picked up a tripping penalty to give the Flyers their second power play of the game. The Flyers wasted little time making Larkin pay for his mistake. Jakub Voracek picked up the loose puck and fired it past the blocker of Mrazek just twelve seconds into the power play to give the Flyers their first lead of the game.
After The Red Wings took over the First the Flyers decided to take control of the second, the third period showed more of the same. Detroit put the pedal down and once again looked to be the better team. For most of the period, it looked like the Flyers were in hang on mode trying to protect the slim one-goal lead. The Red Wings seemed to press at every opportunity.
Just over halfway through the period the Red Wings finally broke through. Glendening took a shot that hit Thomas Tatar and bounced right to Frans Nielsen who had a wide open net to tie the game at two. The Red Wings continued to push the play and had multiple chances to put the game away but just could not manage to put the puck into the back of the net. As the final horn sounded the Flyers managed to hold on for a point in a game they had no business getting even one point out of.
As the five three on three started the Flyers sent out the line that has won the last two games that the Flyers went to overtime in. Just twenty-seven seconds into overtime Sean Couturier chipped the puck off of Larkin to Travis Konecny. As the play started Konecny was in the zone offside. Knowing that he was not eligible to touch the puck Konecny lifted his stick at the last second to avoid touching the puck while touching up at the blue line. The heads-up play allowed Konecny to skate into the zone and fire a wrist shot that hit off of the bottom of the glove of Mrazek and into the net for the three to two win.
This goal came at the exact time of Konecny’s overtime winning goal against the Washington Capitals in the last Flyers game. Konecny now has figured in the overtime winning goals in the last three overtime games. With the win, the Flyers now occupy the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan division and tied with the New Jersey Devils in overall points.
The Flyers next opponent will be the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers picked up a five to three winners in the last time the two teams met. The Flyers are 47 W 36 L 8 T and 4 OTL and have won the last two games against the Lightning. The Flyers trail the Lightning by thirteen points in the overall standings of the Eastern Conference.