On a rainy Tuesday night, the Florida Panthers visited the Wells Fargo Center to play hockey against the Philadelphia Flyers. In an attempt to continue a five game winning streak, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol opted to keep the now healthy Radko Gudas, who had missed the weekend due to illness, off the ice and leave in the oft criticized Andrew MacDonald.
Steve Mason got the nod in net for the Flyers while the Panthers countered with James Reimer. The Panthers controlled the early part of the game, outshooting the Flyers 15-6 in the first period. However the Flyers would escape the first frame tied at one thanks to the efforts of Steve Mason.
The Panthers got on the board first, as Alexsander Barkov took a Mark Pysyk feed and beat Steve Mason down to put the Panthers up 1-0. However, less than 90 seconds letter, Wayne Simmonds tied the game with a floating wrist shot from 55 feet out on a goal that James Reimer would likely want back. It was Wayne’s 14th goal of the season. The goal came as the teams skated four on four with Shayne Gostisbehere of the Flyers and Colton Sceviour of the Panthers both in the box serving concurrent minor penalties for roughing after they threw some gloved punches at each other near the Flyers net about 20 seconds prior to the goal.
The second period saw the Flyers take the lead as Wayne Simmonds notched his team leading 15th goal of the season. This time he tipped a Claude Giroux shot past Reimer. Shayne Gostisbehere drew the secondary assist. The second period also featured the Jaromir Jagr being constantly frustrated by Ivan Provorov and Roman Lyubimov of the Flyers. The two Russian rookies frustrated Jagr into taking two hooking penalties.
The third period saw the Flyers condense into a bit of a shell in an attempt to hold the lead. Just as the first two periods, Ivan Provorov continued to draw the assignment of covering Jagr. Late in the third, the Panthers would break through and tie it as Jussi Jokinen would tap a puck past Steve Mason.
With the score tied at two, the Flyers killed off the clock to send the game to overtime and at least earn the extra point.
The overtime was a frenetic end to end pace and it ended after multiple chances and multiple stops. However, Jake Voracek would find the net after a keep in the offensive zone and bury it behind Reimer to send the Flyers faithful fans home with a 3-2 win in Overtime.
Official Three Stars:
1: G Steve Mason
2: RW: Wayne Simmonds
3: RW: Jake Voracek
Matt’s Three Stars:
1: G Steve Mason
2: RW Wayne Simmonds
3: D: Ivan Provorov
Mainly because Provorov’s owning of Jagr was something to behold all game.