Flyers 3, Senators 4 (SO): Patrick helps salvage point

Updated: February 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm by Brady Trettenero

Nolan Patrick played hero and tied it in the dying seconds of regulation and Travis Konecny recorded his first career three-point game, but the Flyers ended up falling 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

Alex Lyon was pulled in his second career NHL start after giving up three goals on 23 shots and Michal Neuvirth stopped all six shots he faced in relief.

Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime and earn a much-needed point.

Mike Hoffman scored a filthy shootout winner — the lone goal of the skills competition — to hand Philadelphia its fourth straight loss.

Highlights

First Period

Matt Duchene gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 10:53 of the first period, taking a pass from Hoffman, cutting around the Scott Laughton and roofing a shot over Lyon in tight.

Derick Brassard made it 2-0 when he buried a rebound between Lyon’s skate and the post at 11:32 of the frame.

Second Period

Sean Couturier got the Flyers on the board at 3:53 of the second period. Claude Giroux started the play with a great zone entry before Travis Konecny was able to fire a shot on net. Craig Anderson found himself out of position and Radko Gudas was able to make a nice dish to a wide-open Couturier.

The Senators restored their two-goal-lead fairly quickly, however, as Chris DiDomenico finished a 2-on-1 rush with Ryan Dzingel after Giroux fell at the Senators blue line and lost the puck.

Third Period

The Flyers didn’t quit, though, bringing it back to a one-goal deficit with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Either Giroux or Scott Laughton (or both) got a stick on a Brandon Manning point shot. The goal is currently being credited to Giroux.

Nolan Patrick played hero with the biggest goal of his young career, digging up a puck in the slot and sending the Flyers to overtime with 2.6 seconds remaining.

Shootout

The shootout went a whopping six rounds and nobody from the Flyers found the back of the net. Jordan Weal, Nolan Patrick, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere all couldn’t solve Craig Anderson.

Neuvirth was doing a great job shutting the door repeatedly, but the Senators won the game on a disgusting goal in which you can’t point the finger at the goaltender.

Statistics 

Notes/ Takeaways

  • There’s a lot to like about the Flyers’ performance Saturday afternoon. They showcased some great resilience in a must-win game and rallied to at least garner a point.
  • Travis Konecny is taking his game to that next level right now. The youngster saw his five-game goal streak end against the Devils, but he looked dominant in a season-high 22:28 of ice time Saturday, assisting on all three goals. It’s sometimes easy to forget that Konecny is just 20 years of age. He’s been a point-per-game player since late-December, recording seven goals and 16 points in 16 games. Konecny finding his confidence and elevating his game is the best storyline with this team right now.
  • Nolan Patrick is clutch. Every point is important in a wickedly tight Eastern Conference race, and if it weren’t for Patrick’s heroics, things would be looking quite different right now. The 19-year-old is really benefiting from his promotion to the top-six and has looked like a completely different player these past few games. Patrick is wanting to make an impact every shift and you can tell with his body language that’s he’s becoming a more confident and poised player.
  • The shootout continues to be the Flyers achilles heel. It’s getting laughable at this point just how bad the Flyers truly are in the skills competition. It’s easy to criticize the coaches decisions when it comes to the shootout, but at this point, the players who have found ways to score in the past need to find ways to convert again. Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds and Gostisbehere have all delivered in the clutch for the Flyers over recent years in shootouts, but it barely looks like they’re trying nowadays. The attempt by Ghost on Anderson was tough to watch. Patrick impressed with a confident and crafty stick fake move before he was denied on his attempt, so he certainly will be one to watch in the future. The Flyers are lacking that true shootout ace and it’s been years since Giroux last dazzled with his skills. Konecny certainly deserves a shot in the shootout based on his recent play and what he showed in the OHL, so that’s the one puzzling move lingering from Saturday’s game.
  • Alex Lyon simply isn’t an NHL starter — at least right now. It’s unfortunate he was thrown into the fire in some crucial matchups, but this really just shows the worth of Brian Elliott. Lyon could certainly turn into an NHL goaltender one day, but anyone who watched the Phantoms this year knows there’s certainly work that needs to be done. Neuvirth looked solid in his relief appearance, but the Flyers need Elliott back fast if they hope to turn this playoff dream into a reality.

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