Fist Pump: Danny Briere Wins It In OT For Flyers
Poor play in the third period almost cost the Flyers two points once again.
This time, Danny Briere came to rescue of those points, beating Cam Ward in overtime to send the Flyers to a 4-3 win over Carolina. It was their fourth straight game earning a point, going 3-0-1 on the four-game home stand.
It was also the second straight game the Flyers spend in overtime, having lost to the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.
The Flyers were able to end it before they got to the shootout this time. Briere broke into the zone and skated across the slot, faking a pass to Kurtis Foster before squeezing the wrister through Ward's legs to win the game.
The Flyers found themselves in another early hole at the start of the game. It took the Hurricanes only 17 seconds to get on the bored first.
Carolina forced an early offensive zone draw right away. Eric Staal won the faceoff back to Joe Corvo, who fired a shot on net. The puck bounced off Bryzgalov's pad and right onto the tape of a waiting Jiri Tlusty and he beat Bryzgalov to give Carolina the early 1-0 lead.
The Flyers responded later on in the first period thanks to Brayden Schenn's second goal of the season. Kimmo Timonen fired the puck on net and Schenn deflected it with the heel of his stick past a sliding Ward to tie the game up, 1-1.
The Flyers had a quick strike for the Hurricanes in the second period. Mike Knuble forced a turnover in the Carolina zone and found a wide open Matt Read who beat Ward glove side to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
The goal was Read's team-leading fifth on the season. He has scored all five of his goals against teams in the Southeast Division.
Midway through the second, Jeff Skinner out-worked the Flyers defense to beat Bryzgalov on a wrap-around to tie the game up 2-2. But 15 seconds later on the ensuing play, Schenn fed Jakub Voracek a beautiful pass on the 2-on-1 breakaway to give the Flyers the lead back, 3-2.
Carolina tied it back up 7:58 into the third. Joe Corvo's shot deflected off of Foster and trickled over Bryzgalov's shoulder and into the open net to tie the game up, 3-3.
The goal came as a result of the Flyers once again playing completely flat in the third period. The Hurricanes out-shot the Flyers, 13-7, in the frame, and Bryzgalov had to come up huge again to preserve one of the points for the Flyers.
Bryzgalov was once again fantastic for the Flyers, stopping 30 shots on his way to a 5-5-1 record. He added his second assist of the season on Voracek's goal late in the second.