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A lackluster effort from the Flyers led to a 3-2 shootout loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored for the home team, while the Sharks got goals from Matt Irwin, Joe Pavelski, and Brett Burns (SO).
The Flyers didn’t put a lot of pressure on Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock, who only saw 18 shots. Steve Mason saw 43 shots from the visitors, allowing two goals in regulation.
The first period was one of those first periods that seemed to go on forever, because the Flyers couldn’t find their footing. Nick Schultz took an early tripping penalty a minute and a half into the game, but the PK was able to hold off the Sharks. Unfortunately, the Flyers weren’t able to do that for very long, and Irwin’s goal came less than five minutes in.
Just about two minutes later, Raffl’s 20th of the season tied the game at one goal apiece.
Pavelski drew a Flyers’ penalty with some lovely diving, and Nick Grossmann got called for holding. The diver scored thirty seconds later, but the goal was waved off at first because of an early whistle from the refs. However, the goal was under review, and the call was eventually overturned because the puck had rolled in as part of a continuous play after the whistle was blown.
The Sharks took their 2-1 lead into the second period, leading in shots 15-7 after 20 minutes.
It might not sound possible, but the second period was even less exciting than the first. The only exciting moment was when Logan Couture nearly scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway while the Sharks were a man down. Thank God for Steve Mason, who got a big save on Couture and kept it a one-goal game.
Two penalties – interference on Nieto (SJS) and boarding on White (PHL) – but no scoring, and there you have the second period. Sharks led in shots once again, 7-5.
The third kept in line with the previous periods, though at least there was scoring – and thankfully, it was for the Flyers. Giroux’s 23rd goal of the season (a powerplay goal, of course) tied up the game at 2. With no other scoring from either side after G’s goal, this afternoon game went into OT.
Brayden Schenn took a questionable boarding penalty against Irwin about halfway through overtime, allowing the Sharks to get back on the man advantage. San Jose was unable to capitalize despite a great opportunity for Couture in the closing seconds of the OT. Sixty minutes? Clearly not enough. It was time for a shootout.
Burns’ goal was the deciding factor in this one, after the Flyers made… well, somewhat of an effort in the shootout. At least Philadelphia gained a point, though that doesn’t mean much these days.
Notes: Mark Alt, Oliver Lauridsen, and Jason Akeson were all called up from Lehigh Valley prior to this game. It was Alt’s NHL debut, while Akeson was scratched… Claude Giroux has a five-game point streak and a four-game goal streak… Jakub Voracek has a four-game point streak and is currently 2nd in the NHL in points behind Sidney Crosby… This was the 25th time this season that the Flyers took a game into overtime, setting a new franchise record… The Flyers have a few days between games, and will face the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night.