Matt Read gave the Flyers the decisive goal in the fifth round of a 5-4 shootout win over the Calgary Flames tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Trailing 3-0 in the second period and 4-3 late in the third period, the Flyers came back twice and won their second shootout of the season for their second win of their current road trip.
After he kicked his left skate up in the air to fake out Miikka Kiprusoff, Read ripped a shot into the top right corner of the net for the Flyers’ second dramatic victory of the week.
“I was looking shot the whole way,” said Read about the game-winning shootout goal. “I went down kind of slow, trying to see where he was and just looked for an open spot. His glove wasn’t all the way up. I just shot it and hoped and it went in.”
Scott Hartnell, who wasn’t originally credited with either of the Flyers’ goals in the third period, wound up having a two-goal game. With 30 goals this season, Hartnell has tied his career-high for goals in a season (2008-2009).
Goaltending and the penalty kill hurt the Flyers early, but their ability to fight their way to a win allowed Philly to gain a pair of crucial points in the standings.
“Good teams know how to come back and fight adversity,” Read said. “I thought it was a great solid effort on our part. It was a great win and great comeback.”
With the win, the Flyers, who entered the game sixth in the Eastern Conference, now sit in the fourth spot.
It didn’t take long for the Flyers to find themselves in a hole, as a pair of goals from Mark Giordano and Matt Stajan on the Flames’ first two shots of the game put Philly down by two goals only 5:17 into the game.
After he drew a holding call on Claude Giroux in the defensive zone, Giordano caught a Jakub Voracek clearing attempt at the blue line before he released an absolute missile through traffic and past Ilya Bryzgalov’s glove for his fifth tally of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Stajan walked into the Flyers’ zone and released a slap shot from the top of the circles. The blast beat Bryzgalov, who could have easily made the save, for Stajan’s first goal in 22 games against the Flyers in his career, as Bryz slammed his stick on the crossbar out of frustration.
Minutes later, after a strong cycling shift from the line of Sean Couturier-Zac Rinaldo-Read, the Flyers were given their first chance on the power play thanks to a Curtis Glencross slashing minor.
The man advantage didn’t last long, as Voracek was hit with a hooking minor 26 seconds after Glencross was sent to the box. Neither team scored while Glencross or Voracek were in the sin bin.
Less than three minutes after Voracek exited the box, Giordano restricted Jaromir Jagr from a scoring chance in the middle of the circles with a hook to put the Flyers back on the power play. Philly failed to convert on their second chance of the period, as only one of their four shots directed towards Kiprusoff actually reached the net.
Handed another man advantage, for Glencross tossing his stick to Giordano for a throwing the stick penalty, the Flyers still couldn’t beat Kiprusoff to enter the middle stanza with a two-goal deficit.
Despite three power plays and a 15-6 shot advantage, the Flyers found themselves trailing by two with 40 minutes left in regulation.
After the Flyers produced only one shot on net in the first ten minutes of the second period, Jay Bouwmeester’s hook on Giroux in the Calgary zone gave the Flyers an opportunity to cut their deficit to one. Unfortunately, the man advantage did the exact opposite.
A series of poor plays in the Flyers’ defensive zone led to an Alex Tanguay takeaway, who passed the biscuit to Tom Kostopoulos. With a clear path to Bryzgalov, the Flames’ forward put a shot over Bryzalov’s glove for his fourth goal, and Calgary’s first shorthanded goal, of the season with a little over seven minutes left in the middle stanza.
Then, the Flyers started to push back.
After Jagr missed from in close and a Giroux shot rang off the post, Voracek fought his way past Derek Smith and put home his 11th goal in 2011-2012 five-hole on Kiprusoff to make it a two-goal game again.
In the final minute of the period, a slap shot from Braydon Coburn hit off of both Kiprusoff and Scott Hannan before it crossed the goal line to make it a 3-2 game with less than 34 seconds left in the second period.
Heading into the third period, the Flyers were dominating the shot count 30-13, as they had 20 minutes to tie the game.
Thanks to a too many men on the ice bench minor and a Stajan boarding minor 27 seconds apart, the Flyers had 1:33 to work with a two-man advantage to tie the game.
A Kimmo Timonen blast from the point, which was originally awarded to the Flyers’ defenseman, led to the Flyers’ third goal of the game.The blast from Timonen hit Hartnell’s leg and past Kiprusoff for the forward’s 29th goal of the year.
The game wasn’t tied for long, as Pavel Kubina slashed Tanguay on a breakaway for a penalty shot with less than 10 minutes left in regulation.
Showing great patience, Tanguay was able to get Bryzgalov to drop to his knees with a fake to his backhand before he moved it to his forehand with essentially a wide open net for his ninth tally of 2011-2012 to restore the Flames’ lead.
The Flames’ second lead of the game lasted all of 1:32 before Hartnell potted his second goal of the game to tie it at four.
With a lot of traffic in front, Grossman released a wrister from the point that was redirected by Hartnell to beat the Flames’ goalie low on the far side.
The Flyers, who had one point in the game trailed 3-0, nearly grabbed the game-winner with a Wayne Simmonds rebound attempt on a power play late in the third period. The puck didn’t find the back of the net, however, and sent Philly to their second overtime game in their last three contests.
In the extra frame, the Flyers should have had the game-winner from Andrej Meszaros in the final seconds after the Flames dictated the earlier section of overtime.
At the buzzer, a pass from Giroux to Meszaros was tipped inches wide by the Flyers’ defenseman, who displayed his frustration after he missed the easy game-winner by slamming his stick down on the ice.
In the shootout, Olli Jokinen went first for the Flames and was denied by Bryzgalov’s blocker.
Next was James van Riemsdyk, who lost control of the puck when he attempted to switch from his backhand to his forehand.
Tanguay followed and had his attempt denied by Bryzgalov, who stacked his pads for the save after a failed poke-check attempt.
Then came Danny Briere, who had his slowed down attempt poked away by Kiprusoff.
Mike Cammalleri scored with a slow side-to-side approach, as he put a shot high over Bryzgalov’s glove-side shoulder.
Giroux, who needed to score to keep the shootout alive, moved the puck between his forehand and backhand before he ripped one high over Kiprusoff’s glove to force a fourth round.
Jarome Iginla was next for Calgary, who moved in extremely slowly on Bryz before he had his attempt gloved by the Flyers’ goaltender.
Then came Simmonds, who beat Kiprusoff. Unfortunately, his backhanded attempt hit the pipe and stayed out.
Glencross came flying in on the Flames’ next shot, but Bryzgalov got a piece and sent the shot high.
Then came Read’s decisive tally to give the Flyers a 5-4 shootout win in Calgary.
The Orange and Black conclude their road trip Tuesday night with a visit to the HP Pavilion at San Jose to take on the Sharks.
Notes: The Flyers have won their last four games in Calgary…Voracek’s goal in the second period ended a Flyers’ scoreless span of 95:47…Hartnell recorded his fifth multi-goal game of the season (one hat-trick, four two-goal games)…Grossman, who had a pair of assists, recorded his first two-point game in the NHL…This is the fourth time this season the Flyers have erased a three-goal deficit or greater. It’s their first win in a shootout after they trailed by three goals. The Flyers have two overtime wins after they trailed by three goals (12/2 vs. ANA, 12/7 vs. BUF) and one loss when they trailed by four goals (trailed 6-2 vs. WPG 10/27)…The Flyers have allowed the first goal in their last seven games. They are 3-4-0 in those games…Kubina had a game-high five blocked shots…With his assist on Hartnell’s goal in the third period, Timonen is one point away from 500 in his NHL career…Tonight’s win was Bryzgalov’s first shootout win of the season and the Flyers’ second shootout win. They are 2-5 when it comes to shootouts in 2011-2012…Tanguay’s penalty shot in the third period was the second penalty shot the Flyers allowed in as many games. Thursday, Bryzgalov stopped Shawn Horcoff on his third period attempt in the Flyers’ 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers…Coburn’s goal in the second period ended his 16-game goal drought. For Calgary, Giordano’s goal in the first period ended his 18-game goal drought. Kostopoulos’ goal in the second period ended a 32-game goal drought…The Flames scored 5-on-5, a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal, a penalty shot goal, and a goal in the shootout…The Flyers improved to 1-0-0 against the Flames, 3-1-1 against the Northwest Division (VAN 1-0-0, COL 0-0-1, CGY 1-0-0, MIN 1-0-0, EDM 0-1-0), and to 10-4-2 against the Western Conference this season. The Flyers improved 34-20-7. They were 40-15-6 after 61 games last season.