Claude Giroux scored his second goal of the game 2:09 into overtime, helping the Philadelphia Flyers rally from a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins 5-4 at the TD Garden on Wednesday evening.
The Flyers entered the third period trailing Boston 4-2, but goals from Giroux and Wayne Simmonds forced overtime, where the captain would wire a laser past goaltender Tuukka Rask on the power play.
Giroux took a pass from Mark Streit at the point before absolutely firing a slapshot past Rask, helping the Flyers snap a six-game losing streak to Boston dating back to April 23, 2013.
Sam Gagner and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for the Flyers in the win, while Streit finished with three assists and Jakub Voracek picked up two helpers.
Michal Neuvirth started the game for the Flyers, but did not return to start the second period after taking an apparent slash to the head after Boston’s second goal.
Steve Mason made 16 saves on 18 shots in relief, earning his first win of the year.
Brett Connolly, Patrice Bergeron, Jimmy Hayes and Chris Kelly all scored for Boston, who got 32 saves from goaltender Rask.
Former Flyer Zac Rinaldo was ejected from the the game at the end of the first period after being assessed a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct for his high hit on Sean Couturier along the boards in the Philadelphia zone.
Couturier left the game and did not return.
The Flyers, who outshot Boston 37-30 on the night, advance to 3-2-1 on the season.
Key Stats/ Takeaways
- Claude Giroux had a monster night. He scored twice, fired five shots on goal and dished out four hits in 19:08 of ice time. He also was tagged for 6 PIM
- Michael Raffl didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he fired four shots no goal and dished out a whopping seven hits. He was very engaged in this one
- Couturier and Neurvirth have upper body injuries. That is all that is known at this time
- Simmonds and Bellemare both got their first goals of the season in this one. The Simmonds tally really sparked the comeback for Philly
- The Flyers are the sixth team to trail by two or more goals this season and come back to win
- Giroux scored his sixth OT goal since the start of the 2011-12 season. That is tied with Steven Stamkos for most in NHL during that span
- Michael Del Zotto continues to be an absolute workhorse on Flyers blueline. He led team again with 24:19 of ice time and used his speed to draw a penalty in OT. The Flyers would convert on ensuing power play
The Highlight Reel
(The best Flyers GIFs from the game)
Hockey Fights Cancer puck drop
Bellemare gets his first goal of the season
And the celebration
Sam Gagner with the snipe
Rinaldo hits Couturier
let's try this again with the GIF attached. another look at the Rinaldo hit. 5 minute major for charging pic.twitter.com/rxpWBMcj7D
— steph (@myregularface) October 22, 2015
Steve Mason makes a ridiculous save
Wayne Simmonds sniping
Wayne Train is pumped on the bench
Claude Giroux scores the OT winner
Absolute bomb by Giroux wins it for the Flyers in OT pic.twitter.com/IKOASp74p5
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 22, 2015
The Flyers bench reacts
That’s one lucky fan
(The best tweets sent out during the game)
An actual headline from today: "Flyers don't think Zac Rinaldo will do 'something crazy'" pic.twitter.com/5Htini4QCB
— Puck Buddys (@PuckBuddys) October 22, 2015
Zac Rinaldo said there are "no friends on the ice" when he plays his former Flyers team for the first time https://t.co/P21uPlKAxe
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) October 21, 2015
Sam Gagner scores again
I will say it again…..Sam Gagner should NEVER be out of Flyers line-up. He was supposed to be scratched for Umbs until Schenn hurt. #WHY?
— Hockey Buzz Eklund (@Eklund) October 22, 2015
Rinaldo with a questionable hit
And the Flyers thought Zac Rinaldo would quit hurting them if they traded him.
— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) October 22, 2015
Rinaldo taking out former teammate
Per a source, the @NHLPlayerSafety already reviewing the Zac Rinaldo charging hit on Sean Couturier. No big surprise there
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) October 22, 2015
EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING
Sean Couturier not on the Flyers bench and Steve Mason is in the game pic.twitter.com/dWWnCYKFUj
— Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) October 22, 2015
…And we’re losing
Me @ flyers currently pic.twitter.com/PYjU8ONuQO
— Heather Barry (@HeatherM_Barry) October 22, 2015
Claude Giroux gets the Flyers within one
I love Giroux
— Cowboy Jagr 🎃👻💀 (@Jaromir_Jagr) October 22, 2015
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 22, 2015
Wayne Simmonds ties the game
Jesus Simmonds… Behave! #Bang
— Tyrell Goulbourne (@Tgillz12) October 22, 2015
Can G get another?
Giroux is feeling it. He's about to go full Tom Cruise on Oprah's couch.
— FlyersPuckSauce (@FlyersPuckSauce) October 22, 2015
Claude Giroux wins it in OT for Flyers
So Giroux goes from a forgettable first period to scoring two big goals. Capt'n Claude in the clutch.
— Tom Foti (@TomFoti) October 22, 2015
There's something about the Flyers making a comeback in Boston that makes me smile.
— Dave (@HurkaDoesSports) October 22, 2015
(The best photos from the game)
Hockey Fights Cancer puck drop
Flyers celebrate a goal
Giroux on the board
That’s a win
Next Up: Flyers vs. Rangers, Saturday October 24, 7:00, Wells Fargo Center