Ruslan Fedotenko beat Braden Holtby in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 5-4 win in front of the home crowd tonight. After Kimmo Timonen tied the game with just under 10 seconds left in regulation, the blue liner set up Fedotenko for the game-winning tally in the extra frame to grab the Flyers two points in the standings.
With Ilya Bryzgalov pulled, the Orange and Black provided an immense amount of pressure in the final minute before Claude Giroux found Timonen at the point for a slap shot that beat Holtby’s glove to make it 4-4 with a little under 10 seconds left in regulation.
In the overtime, Timonen was in the corner to Holtby’s left and found Fedotenko across the ice for a shot that beat Holtby’s blocker 1:34 into the extra period for his third of 2013.
“He saw an opportunity to give it right back to me and it was an easy backdoor tap-in,” Fedotenko said about the Flyers’ fifth goal in the win. “It’s a great feeling.”
Timonen also had helpers on Max Talbot’s goal and Giroux’s goal to finish the night with four points in the win. The captain finished with a goal and two assists, as the Flyers managed to stay relevant in the playoff picture.
The moment from the game that could be the turning point in the season was when Jakub Voracek stood up for his captain.
Steve Oleksy put a good, clean check on Giroux in the Flyers’ zone to put the Flyers’ leader on the ice. Voracek took exception to the check and instigated a fight with Oleksy. Although Voracek pummeled Oleksy, the forward handed the Caps a four-minute power play minutes into the third period, as he earned minors for instigating the fight and doing so with a visor.
Peter Laviolette said after the win that Voracek, “did the right thing.” Here’s the rest of what Laviolette said after the win.
“I’m proud of him,” Timonen said about Voracek fighting Oleksy. “You don’t hit guys like Giroux like that and not pay the price.”
Marcus Johansson and Alexander Ovechkin tallied power-play goals just 26 seconds apart to put the Flyers down by two with 13:12 left in the contest.
Similar to how Voracek decided he was tired of seeing Giroux being taken advantage of, the Flyers decided they were tired of losing and stormed back from the two-goal deficit to earn the victory.
Giroux, who flubbed a clear attempt straight to Johansson for the first power-play goal, redeemed himself by starting the comeback with a goal of his own on the man advantage to cut the deficit to one.
With Troy Brouwer in the box for holding, Giroux one-timed a feed from Timonen by Holtby’s glove from the circle to the goalie’s right with 7:12 left in regulation.
Then came Timonen’s game-tying goal that sent the Wells Fargo Center into a frenzy before he ultimately set up Fedotenko’s winner.
The Orange and Black may have started the game slowly, but a strong kill on a two-man advantage for the Caps led to the Flyers being up by one after 20 minutes.
For the first several minutes of the contest the Capitals couldn’t stay out of the Flyers’ end, which led to Nicklas Backstrom’s sixth tally of 2013.
In the midst of Washington’s immense cycling, Jack Hillen released a shot from the point that Backstrom tipped by Bryzgalov to put the visitors up 1-0 4:29 into the affair.
After the Caps continued to keep the action in the Flyers’ third of the rink, Talbot managed to put one past Holtby to even the tilt.
Bruno Gervais put the hosts’ first shot on net just seven seconds before Zac Rinaldo tossed a pass from below the goal line to Talbot in front for the former Pittsburgh Penguins’ fifth of the year.
The Flyers grabbed the lead 4:29 later, as Giroux found Matt Read at the Caps’ blue line for a breakaway goal.
Washington was cycling in the Flyers’ zone when a blocked shot found its way to Giroux, who was looking for the loose biscuit for a second or two before he possessed it. With a quick look up the ice, Giroux hit Read on a multi-line pass, as the product of Bemidji State University split a pair of Caps to go in alone on Holtby. Read beat Holtby’s glove to make it 2-1 with his ninth of the campaign with 5:05 left in the first stanza.
Philly thought they had extended their lead to two shortly after Read’s tally, but the refs decided that Wayne Simmonds earned an interference minor on the goaltender. On the following faceoff in the Flyers’ zone, Giroux was called for a face-off violation to put Washington on a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes.
Although the Caps provided several scoring chances, which included a cross-crease pass that found Brouwer, Bryzgalov and the Flyers’ penalty-kill unit escaped the extreme situation with the lead intact.
Thanks to an odd-man rush that occurred right after Giroux and Simmonds left the box, Johansson was forced to trip Read to keep the forward from a wide open scoring chance.
Since the infraction happened with 1:56 left opening period, the Flyers entered the middle frame up by one and with four seconds left on the man advantage, which didn’t lead to anything.
Late in the second period, Rinaldo’s ability to get under Mike Green’s skin somehow led to a goal for Washington’s mobile blue liner.
In the final few minutes of the middle frame, Rinaldo beat out an icing and ultimately forced Green into a holding minor. Unfortunately, Brooks Laich, who was in the Caps’ zone with the disc, found Green exiting the sin bin minutes later for a breakaway tally on Bryzgalov.
Green beat Bryz blocker side for his fifth of the shortened season to even the game with 1:18 left in the second period.
Seconds after Green’s tally, a scrum happened in the Capitals’ zone, which resulted in a charging minor for Rinaldo and a roughing minor for Karl Alzner to provide 4-on-4 action for the final 1:05 of the second stanza. Prior to the scrum, Talbot suffered a lower-body injury that forced him to leave the contest.
In the third period, four goals found the back of the net before Fedotenko found an extra point for Philly.
The Orange and Black look for their third straight win on Wednesday when they conclude their homestand against the Montreal Canadiens.
Notes: The Flyers are 2-0-1 in their last three games for a three-game point streak. It’s their second point streak of at least three games this season, as they went 3-0-1 from February 2nd to February 9th…Tonight was Timonen’s first four-point game since he had four assists in the Flyers’ 9-8 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last season on October 27th…Kent Huskins made his Flyers’ debut tonight and replaced Kurtis Foster on the blue line. He had three blocked shots and finished minus-1 in 16:02 TOI…The teams entered the game with the league’s top two power-play percentages, as the Flyers were first with a 24.8% conversion rate and Washington was second with 24.1%. The Flyers were 1-for-4 on the power play in the win and the Caps were 2-for-7 in the loss…With seven hits in the win, Rinaldo posted 19 hits in the last two games…The Caps are 2-1-1 in their last four games. Since their two wins came in shootouts, the Capitals have gone four straight games without winning in regulation…Backstrom took part in his 400th NHL game today. With the goal, Backstrom now has 107 goals and 291 assists for 398 points, all of which have been for Washington…Hillen ended a 29-game pointless skid, as his assist on Backstrom’s goal was his first point January 1st, 2012 when he was a member of the Nashville Predators…The Flyers will finish 2-1-0 against the Capitals this season and improved to 8-4-1 against the Southeast Division overall (WPG 2-0-0, CAR 2-0-0, WSH 2-1-0, TBL 1-2-0, FLA 1-1-1)…The Flyers improved to 15-17-3 on the season with the win tonight. They were 21-10-4 after 35 games last season.