Flyers Sneak Away From Colorado With a Point
The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice in Denver Monday night seeking another win streak after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing by the Boston Bruins. Instead, they snuck out of the Pepsi Center with a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Philadelphia (20-8-4) struck first when Scott Hartnell scored with 1:29 remaining in the first period. On the power play goal, Jaromir Jagr saved the puck from leaving the offensive zone and quickly fired it near the net. Jakub Voracek, who has played spectacularly lately, shuffled a pass across the goal-mouth for Hartnell.
The tally was Hartnell’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with Claude Giroux as the highest goal scorer on the Flyers this season. It was also his seventh power play goal on the year.
Colorado (16-17-1) took the game’s momentum in the second period with strong contributions from their young core.
With 7:34 remaining in the second stanza, Landeskog scored his first home goal in the NHL off a Shane O’Brien pass. The Swedish phenom took the pass on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s right side of the crease. After easily maneuvering around the Russian netminder, he flipped the puck in the net to tie the score at 1-1.
As time wound down in the second, the Avalanche struck again when Ryan Malone centered a pass that deflected off Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito. After one deflection, the puck deflected again off T.J. Galiardi’s skate and under Bryzgalov’s leg.
Galiardi’s goal came with just 43 seconds remaining in the period.
In the third, Colorado kept up the pace they maintained in the previous period. The Avalanche used their young legs to motor up and down the ice against the Flyers. Despite having some quality odd-man rush opportunities, the game remained 2-1 long enough for Philadelphia to catch up.
Philadelphia snapped out of their daze in the latter half of the stanza. Finally, one of their dire attempts found the back of the net with 18.1 seconds remaining.
On the goal, Daniel Briere found the loose puck on the side of the net in a goal-mouth scramble. He took the puck to the opposite side and jammed the puck in to tie the game at 2-2.
Neither team could reach the scoreboard in the overtime period, despite having quality chances.
Colorado showed why they were 6-0 on the season coming into Monday’s game and 16 of their last 17 in shootouts.
The Flyers matched the Avalanche in the first two frames. After Ryan O’Reilly scored on the third shootout attempt, Philadelphia rookie Matt Read’s attempt glanced off the post to end the game.
Despite not winning the game, the Flyers clearly got away with a point Monday. The likes of Ben Holmstrom, Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Walker, Tom Sestito, and Zac Rinaldo were in the lineup and all played less than ten minutes.
Grabbing a point in the Pepsi Center with a rag-tag group in a game where they were outplayed was an achievement for Philadelphia.
For this year’s Flyers team, it’s just another obstacle for another night.
On the final ledger, no one will ask how they got the points or what they had to overcome. In Monday’s case, that’s a good thing for the team in orange and black.