Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT): Voracek vaults Flyers to victory

Updated: February 20, 2018 at 11:28 pm by Zac DeMedio

Flyers 3 (31-19-10, 72 PTS) vs Canadiens 2 (22-29-8, 52 PTS) F/OT

In a hard fought game, the Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night. Jake Voracek scored 2 goals in a matter of minutes to send the game to overtime, and promptly winning it during the 3-on-3 period. Nolan Patrick added his 7th goal of the season and Alex Lyon stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn his 2nd straight victory.


Philadelphia controlled most of the play throughout the first period, but still found themselves trailing after 20 minutes. With 2:13 left in the period, a point shot from Karl Alzner took a deflection from Jeff Petry in the slot before flying past Alex Lyon. Lyon was fighting through a tough screen and certainly didn’t see the puck until it was far too late.

Oskar Lindblom had an extremely positive period, as he finished with 3 scoring chances at the first intermission. The Flyers outshot Montreal by a margin of 10 to 8.


The 2nd period was all Flyers as they tied the game at 1 and should have taken the lead with the amount of high quality chances they created. After Jordie Benn tackled Claude Giroux for an interference penalty, Nolan Patrick continued his superb play of late by tallying his first ever power play goal. It was a gorgeous play from start to finish, Shayne Gostisbehere entered the zone with speed before twirling a pass off the boards to Jake Voracek who spun a no-look pass to Giroux who found Patrick wide open in the slot for the redirection.

After that goal, the floodgates opened for Philadelphia but they could not cash in on any of their glorious opportunities. Multiple players missed the net with open shots and Carey Price stood tall when called upon. Giroux and Voracek wasted a 2-on-0 with too many passes right before the period ended as the two playmakers couldn’t decide who should shoot, and by the time Giroux did he had run out of real estate. Despite entering the 3rd period tied, the game was firmly in the Flyers’ grasps.


Philadelphia continued to apply the pressure on Carey Price and the Canadiens, but it was Montreal who took the lead in the early 3rd. A broken play resulted in an open net for Paul Byron who wasn’t going to miss from close range. With 1:25 remaining in the 3rd period, Alex Lyon had just hit the bench for the extra attacker and Jake Voracek smashed a one timer past Price to tie the game and send it to overtime. It was a tough, deserved point for the home team but they were still looking for one more.


The overtime period was a back and forth affair that saw both teams create amazing opportunities for themselves. Jake Voracek was all alone in front after receiving a pass from Sean Couturier who made a remarkable play along the wall to find Voracek. Voracek made the move to the backhand but skied the puck over the crossbar and out of play. Later, Montreal almost won the game with a shot that rung iron. Soon after that, Voracek found himself on the rush again cut inside and lasered a wrist shot past Price for the win.


Towards the end of the game, Jake Voracek got bumped up to the first line with Giroux and Couturier despite an extremely strong game from Travis Konencny. Konecny seemed to slow down late in the game possibly due to blocking a shot early in the first period, so it could of all been precautionary. It certainly wasn’t Voracek’s finest game in a Flyers sweater for the first 58 minutes or so, but boy did he ever take over when they needed him most. For leading the league in assists, Voracek has a cannon of a shot for when he decides to use it.

What else can be said about Nolan Patrick and his performance of late? I’m running out of positive things to say about him because he’s been superb, and with his goal tonight he extends his current point streak to 3 games. Having a healthy Nolan Patrick for the stretch run is going to be so key for this team.

Oskar Lindblom had a great professional debut tonight. He didn’t make the scoresheet or stand out too much, but that’s perfectly okay for the Swede. Lindblom played his game and was almost rewarded a few times, it’s easy to see why he was having so much success in Lehigh Valley this season. I really think he can stick with the big boys for the rest of the season.


Flyers vs Blue Jackets, 2/22/18 @ 7:00 P.M.

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