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Jason Zucker scored on a cross-ice feed from Ryan Suter with 45 seconds remaining to give the visiting Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Flyers.
Nino Niederreiter and Marco Scandella each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, while Matt Dumba, Mikael Granlund, Ryan Suter, and Thomas Vanek all recorded assists. Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper stood on his head for most of the game, stopped 37/39 Flyer shots.
Mark Streit and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers. Vincent Lecavalier, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek were all credited with assists.
Ray Emery was erratic in net, but allowed just three goals on 30 shots. The Flyers have now lost four in a row.
The Wells Fargo Center was filled with tears Thursday night, and it was not because of the Hall of Fame inductions for former Flyers Eric Lindros and John LeClair.
Moved by the energy created from Flyer greats of a different time, the Flyers attempted to capitalize on fan excitement with a strong first period. Brayden Schenn helped create a number of chances, but the Flyers could not take advantage despite outshooting Minnesota 14-6.
An energy-filled first period turned into a listless second period as a recent anemic Flyers penalty kill allowed another goal. Minnesota’s Niederreiter scored on a one-timer from Dumba, of which he fanned on, yet still was able to beat Emery.
Just over a minute after Niederreiter’s goal, Minnesota would go on the power play again, as the Captain took a slashing penalty. Philadelphia would kill the penalty, and with a good back check from Giroux, he would start a Flyers scoring chance.
Simmonds would find Lecavalier on the right wing, where he would initially fumble the puck. The converted center would fake a shot and find a cutting Streit in the slot, who would pot his third goal of the season to knot the game at one apiece.
Minnesota would start and end the third period on high notes, starting with Scandella’s blast from the left circle beat Emery’s glove side.
A valiant effort in the third period would pay off late for the Flyers, as Minnesota’s Nate Prosser would get called for closing the hand on the puck, giving the Flyers a power play with 3:56 remaining in the game.
A Giroux deflected shot allowed Voracek to corral the puck. Vorack would find Schenn in the slot, who quickly fed Giroux, who was on bended knee (hat tip Boyz II Men), as he roofed the puck to tie the game late in the third period.
Minnesota would ice the game with less than one minute remaining on Zucker’s game winner, as the Flyers will now attempt to end their four-game losing streak Saturday night versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.