Flyers Playoff Hopes Peeled Away In OT Loss

(Photo by Amy Irvin/38 Photography)

(Photo by Amy Irvin/38 Photography)

The Flyers lost a tough one tonight, 3-2 in overtime to something called the Calgary Flames. After falling behind 2-0 early, the Flyers stormed back in the third, only to see Jiri Hudler end the game 1:23 into extra time.

The Flyers started slow, but really controlled play more and more as the game went on. Karri Ramo did what he could during the second period to sustain the 2-0 lead, but with high quality chances being produced both on the power play and at even strength, it was only a matter of time until the Flyers would get on the board.

The third period was all Flyers right from the start, and they finally saw some results. Sean Couturier slammed home a great pass from Ryan White to bring the Flyers within one. After a strange and controversial disallowed goal by Nick Schultz, Mark Streit scored a greasy one to even the game up at two.

Unfortunately, the Flyers were not able to complete their comeback as Jiri Hudler put home a nice centering pass in OT to finish the game.

This was probably a game that the Flyers deserved to win, but the slow start ended up being costly. The Giroux line was the only line that really controlled play in the first, especially during the first 10 minutes. The attack was much more balanced during the second and third, but strong play from Karri Ramo helped the Flames survive the attack and eventually win it in OT.

With the Flyers’ playoff hopes as slim as they are, it’s tough to see a winnable game like this not result in two points.

The Flyers are back in action on Thursday against the Blues.

THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS

-The Nick Schultz disallowed goal in the 3rd period was… interesting. Schultz appeared to be pushed into Ramo before the puck went in. The goal was reviewed and it was announced that the play could not be reviewed and therefore was not a goal. Hmmm.

-Sean Monahan started the scoring off after a turnover at center ice by Michael Del Zotto. His play has been fairly good as of late, but every now and then he will make a visible and costly mistake like that.

-Braydon Coburn’s absence was very visible. The Flyers are really going to miss his strong play in the neutral zone.

-The newly formed top 6 is certainly leading to a more balanced attack up front. The Giroux line was all over the ice tonight… and the Couturier line ended up producing some chances during the second and third. I like the way this is looking so far, and I certainly want to see Craig Berube stick with it.

-The Flyers had a difficult time for the majority of the first period. Claude Giroux’s line was the only one to generate any sustained offense. Must have been upset about no longer being able to wear their Trent Cole jerseys.

-Sean Couturier continues to develop as a puck carrier. His line was fairly underwhelming for two periods tonight, but it’s still noticeable that he is actively looking for space to carry the puck when he has it. Strong development.

 

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