Flyers 2, Blue Jackets 1: Squeaking out a win

Updated: February 16, 2018 at 11:10 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Friday night brought a huge matchup for Claude Giroux and the Flyers.

Coming into this game the Flyers were holding down 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division, yet they were only 4 points from the playoff cut off line. The Blue Jackets came into this game looking to get themselves within 2 points of the Flyers.

This game was huge.

1ST PERIOD

The first period introduced the Flyers to what would become their biggest problem throughout this game, Sergei Bobrovsky. The former Flyer and Vezina winner was on top of his game early, denying Coots in close and stopping the Flyers on a 3 on 1 rush.

The Flyers had their chances in the first period but Bob ultimately stood tall and kept the game tied. The Flyers were outshot by the jackets, 11-9.

2ND PERIOD

The second period was much of the same as the first period. It was back and forth, end-to-end action with some chances but not many quality scoring chances. That rhythm was broken when Nolan Patrick found Shayne Gostisbehere who fired a shot from the point that was deflected by Wayne Simmonds.

That marks the 6th time Simmonds has reached 20 goals in a season. It was also Shayne Gostisbehere’s 8th point in his last 5 games.

Michal Neuvirth stood tall for the rest of the second period and the only penalties were concurrent minors that came off of a gathering between Weise and Sedlak. The Flyers were outshot in the period, 12-6.

3RD PERIOD

The third period started out with the Blue Jackets coming out firing. Artemi Panarin had a great chance about a minute and a half into the period, but Neuvirth stood tall to keep the Flyers up early.

The Flyers would go on to get the games first power play as the Jackets were caught with too many men on the ice. The Flyers got themselves some decent chances on the man-advantage but ultimately came up empty.

That was the only sustained offense the Flyers would get in the third period as the Jackets turned things into overdrive to try and tie up this game.

In what has become the common theme with this team, the Flyers found themselves pinned in their own zone for an extended period of time with about 4 minutes left, and that’s when Cam Atkinson solved Neuvirth to tie the game at 1.

The Flyers followed that up with a few good chances but nothing that Sergei Bobrovsky couldn’t handle for himself. That sent the game into overtime which is not really what the Flyers needed given their position in the standings.

The Flyers were once again outshot in the 3rd, 12-8.

OVERTIME

The Flyers brought a tough task upon themselves by letting this game go to overtime. Columbus came into this game 6-0 on the year in the extra period.

The jackets came out with a few good chances early but the Flyers stood tall to the task. Then, Travis Konecny stole the puck and sent Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov the other way on a 2 on 1 the other way. Couturier had the option to pass but chose to fire off a shot a beat Sergei Bobrovsky to the far side.

QUICK HITTERS

  • Although this was a huge win for the Flyers, they really need to stop giving points to other teams in the Metro division. By letting Columbus back into the game, it essentially is a 1-point win for the Flyers. If they had held on in regualtion against New Jersey and Columbus, they would be 8 points ahead of Columbus and 5 points ahead of New Jersey, instead they are 5 up on Columbus and 2 up on New Jersey.
  • Sean Couturier continues to find the back of the net. The OT winner was the 99th of his career and 29th this season. If he keeps on this pace he will most likely hit 40 goals this season.
  • For some reason, Dave Hakstol decided to put Weise-Filppula-Lehtera out on the ice for the final minute of play. That was a very questionable decision consdering the Flyers should have been playing to win in regulation rather than playing it safe to just earn themselves a point. That line also saw significantly more ice time than Raffl-Laughton-Weal, which is a line that has been relatively successful as of late.

Next Game:

Flyers vs. Rangers

Sunday at 12pm

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