Flyers lose in overtime, fall farther from playoffs

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

The Flyers lost Saturday’s matinee game against the Bruins 3-2 after an overtime Boston goal. The Bruins struck first with Zdeno Chara netting a power-play goal in the first period. The Flyers managed to tie the game in the second period with a Jake Voracek power play goal, Chris VandeVelde tipped in a Nick Schultz shot to give the Flyers a lead. Then with 14 seconds left in the third period, Brad Marchand redirected a shot for a power-play goal to tie the game and force overtime. Brad Marchand scored the overtime winner. Steve Mason made 34 saves on 37 shots and Tukka Rask made 29 saves of 31 shots.

Coming into the 1pm game against the Bruins, the Flyers were only four points out of the wildcard spot. Beating the Bruins would pull the Flyers within 2 points of a playoff run.

The Flyers started aggressively, but an early hooking call against Ryan White led to Boston’s opening goal. Almost a minute later the Flyers got a power play but weren’t able to get a single shot on Rask. With 44 seconds left in the 1st period, Mark Streit was called for a hooking penalty which the Flyers were able to kill off.

Around 9 minutes into the 2nd period, the Flyers got their second power play. A Voracek wrist shot tied the game and was the only goal of the period. In the 3rd period, Nick Schultz got a nice shot on Rask that Chris VandeVelde tipped in for the Flyers only lead.  Seconds later it seemed like the Flyers had a two goal lead after Voracek shuffled a puck into the net across the goal line, but it was immediately waived off because Voracek made contact with Rask before the puck went in, crushing every Philadelphia fan’s excitement. With two minutes and three seconds left in the 3rd period, Wayne Simmonds took a sketchy tripping call. The Bruins pulled Rask to give them a 6-on-4 man advantage. The late penalty would cost the Flyers, as Brad Marchand tipped in a shot with only 14 seconds left in the game to tie it up.

With a minute left in the overtime, Marchand backhanded the puck past Mason to end the game. Despite Mason’s multiple miraculous saves throughout the whole game, the Flyers couldn’t manage to keep the Bruins down when they needed to most.

The Flyers now sit 5 points behind the Bruins and the last wildcard spot.

EXTRAS:

  • Steve Mason has only one win on the road this season but is tied for the 5th highest save percentage with .926.
  • This is the first game in six years that the Flyers were without Jeff Reese, the Flyers long time goalie coach, after Reese and the Flyers mutually parted ways. Supposedly Reese had problems with how Mason was being handled after his injury.
  • Jake Voracek now has 65 points and is 6th in points, below Sidney Crosby and above Patrick Kane.
  • The Flyers are still one point behind the Florida Panthers and tied with the Ottawa Senators.

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