Flyers fall 5-4 in SO to Colorado

The Flyers ended a stretch of seven games in 12 days with a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche 5-4.

Michal Neuvirth made his second straight start after his shutout in St. Louis on Thursday while Shayne Gostisbehere drew in for the Flyers as his injury situation cleared up.

The first period started slow, but late in the period as Scott Laughton was in the box for slashing, Matt Duchene beat the clock for a goal to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead.

The Flyers erased the deficit early in the second period as Travis Konecny threaded a pin point perfect pass to Valteri Filppula to tie it with an easy tap in goal.

Just over five minutes later, with the Flyers on the powerplay, Claude Giroux buried a rebound from a Shayne Gostisbehere shot to give the Flyers the lead.

However, they would give up two more goals, just over a minute apart late in the period as Blake Comeau would score short handed while Mikko Rantanen would bury a powerplay shot to send the Flyers to the second intermission trailing by a goal.

Jake Voracek would score on a rebound in the third to tie it again before Nail Yakupov would untie it a minute later. However, exactly one minute after that goal, Dale Weise tied the game at 5 all.

Both teams would trade a few more chances, before returning to the passive style of the early first period as the desire for a point set in for both clubs. In overtime, Varlamov twice robbed Claude Giroux setting up a shootout.

The Avalance scored twice in the shootout, Nathan MacKinnon and Rantanen’s winner, while the Flyers only scored once, Jordan Weal skated in with a nifty deke and banked the puck off the post and in.

The Flyers have a few days off before seeing Chicago again on November 9 in a rematch from Wednesday’s game.

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