Vets Fuel Comeback Win
In their first game on a short west coast swing, the Philadelphia Flyers looked awful.
They turned the puck over. They blew defensive coverage in front of their net. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov looked like he was 'lost in the woods' yet again.
Somehow, some way, the Flyers came back and defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime.
Down 3-0 in the second period, they found a glimpse of hope when Jaromir Jagr scored a power play goal with 4:42 remaining in the stanza. On a Kimmo Timonen point shot, Jagr deflected the puck off his midsection and past Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.
In the third, the team looked like the antithesis of what wore orange and black in the game's first 35 minutes.
On another power play, Jagr scored again just 4:46 into the third period. He blasted a perfect shot past Hiller off a Timonen pass. In his first game back from injury, he single-handedly put the Flyers back in contention.
Scott Hartnell pulled the Flyers even at 3-3 when he scored in front of Hiller after a pass from none other than Timonen from behind the net. The goal came with just 3:02 remaining in regulation.
After killing a penalty for the 1:37 seconds of regulation and first 23 seconds of overtime, Philadelphia got a call of their own.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf tripped Jakub Voracek on a zone-entry play. After the call, Getzlaf complained to the referees and was rewarded with a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in addition.
With four minutes of four-on-three possession, the Flyers would complete the comeback.
Claude Giroux snapped a one-time shot past Hiller with 1:31 remaining in extra time.
The team's inexperience seemed to show in the first two periods, as the Flyers dressed seven rookies for Friday's game.
When the rubber hit the road, the veterans made sure they didn't leave the Honda Center with a loss.
Jagr and Timonen finished the game with three points apiece. Daniel Briere, Giroux, and Hartnell had two points of their own. The aforementioned five players were the only Flyers to reach the score sheet.
For a team that has tremendous youth and inexperience, the veterans needed to step up in crunch time. Luckily for Philadelphia on Friday night, that's exactly what happened.
Cashing in on three of nine power plays didn't hurt the cause either.