Photo: Frank Fimmano

Photo: Frank Fimmano

Flyers Beat Hurricanes 4-3 in OT

The Flyers hosted the Carolina Hurricanes in a Sunday evening contest at the Wells Fargo Center. With the Hurricanes playing their 5th game in seven days, it wasn’t a shock to see the Flyers control the pace of play early. They outshot the Hurricanes 15-4 in the first period. The play driving started early as Sean Couturier stole the puck after Carolina controlled the opening faceoff and got a pair of quality shots in tight on Cam Ward. The Canes got a shot mere seconds later, but after that it was all Flyers. However, Ward was only beaten once, by Ivan Provorov in the final minute of the period.

The second period was a microcosm of much of the Flyers season. Dale Weise extended the lead in the middle of the frame to 2-0 burying a rebound in front. Then a pair of defensive miscues late in the period led to the Hurricanes tying the game. First a Noah Hanifin shot took a funny bounce off the back boards directly to a waiting and uncovered Jeff Skinner who popped in the Hurricanes first goal. Then, near the end of the period, Elias Lindholm found a soft spot in the slot and buried a one timer to tie it up. The Flyers out shot Carolina 14-9 in period 2 leading to a 29-13 shot advantage with the tie game.

In the third, Jordan Staal gave the Canes the lead with a powerplay goal after a questionable call on Sean Couturier had the Flyers down a man. Travis Konecny would tie the game late in the third during a Flyers powerplay to send the game to the three on three extra session. With Sebsatian Aho of the Hurricanes in the box for a faceoff violation, Konecny retrieved a feed from Ivan Provoriv from behind the net and attempted to push the puck in front to Sean Couturier, however the puck was kicked in off a Carolina defender.

In the three on three, Brayden Schenn would win the game, potting a Sean Couturier rebound and sending the Flyers fans home happy.