The Philadelphia Flyers were ready to head into the holiday break, but before that could happen they had one more game to worry about. A trip to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. Head coach Dave Hakstol changed the lineup around and wanted to get out to a good jump after a tough loss in Buffalo.
Taylor Leier got hit in the face with the puck. That’ll scar up nicely.
Konecny had a great first period, was skating around, and generating chances.
Look how creative he was after Claude Giroux was denied by Sergei Bobrovsky.
He passes the puck back to Giroux to create a second chance.
Elliott had the glove going on once again.
On the power play, the Flyers flopped. Provorov tried his best Gostisbehere impression to keep the puck in the zone, but whiffed on the jump. Matt Calvert went the other way, beat Brian Elliott, but hit iron.
Columbus would then get on the power play, after the Flyers took a too-many-men penalty, and capitalize. Seth Jones’ shot went off of Provorov and into the net.
The Flyers got back into the game after a great transition play by Travis Konecny. He got the puck into the zone and to Sean Couturier, who fed Claude Giroux and then set up Ivan Provorov for the one-time blast!
Konecny’s turnover nearly led to a goal, but a great backcheck by Gostisbehere and Couturier helped negate the chance.
Giroux got a beautiful stretch pass from Couturier, but Bobrovsky had an answer once again.
Then Bob robbed Wayne Simmonds in front. Passes from Giroux and Voracek set up the great opportunity.
Then Scott Laughton got robbed by Bobrovsky.
Laughton put on a filthy move, but couldn’t finish it.
If you’re playing along, guess what happened next? You’re right, Bobrovsky robbed another Flyer. This time, Nolan Patrick’s heads-up play was a feed to Voracek in front.
Voracek later in the period skated through the zone, fired a shot on net, and it went in! The Flyers had a 2-1 lead… so we thought. The puck redirected off Taylor Leier’s high stick and was called off.
After two periods of play, we were tied at one apiece.
Patrick tried to get things started by creating a turnover, but he was taken off the puck and then took a hooking minor.
Robert Hagg crushed his man behind the net.
That got the Blue Jackets mad and a retaliation penalty was given out as a result.
Then Jake Voracek aired his grievances with Artemi Panarin. I’ll let you lip read.
Patrick took his second penalty of the period and led to a huge PK in the latter stages of the game.
After the Flyers killed off the penalty, Elliott made a big cover on the puck to end the Columbus threat and send this game into overtime. Not before this almost goal by Sean Couturier.
Philadelphia would take one of the best overtime teams in the NHL. Columbus came into the game 5-0 in the extra frame. Couturier got himself another stellar chance, but couldn’t beat Bobrovsky.
Voracek then forced a steal and Giroux got himself a perfect chance for the winner. His one-timer was denied.
The game would be decided by a shootout. Elliott made the first save with a pokecheck.
Brian Elliott would get beat up top and it would be up to Voracek to tie it up.
He wasn’t able to and the Flyers lost in a shootout.
The Flyers will be off for four days before heading to Florida to take on the Panthers and Lightning next week. Happy holidays to everyone out there!
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