Flyers 4 Avalanche 5 (SO) post-game: An Avalanche of emotions

Updated: November 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Brady Trettenero

Jordan Weal scored the lone goal in the shootout, as the Flyers rallied to earn a point in a 5-4 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday evening.

Valtteri Filppula, Jake Voracek, Claude Giroux and Dale Weise all scored for the Flyers, who came back from two separate third-period deficits to force overtime.

Michal Neuvirth made 23 saves on 27 shots in a shaky outing, while Mikko Rantanen buried the shootout winner for the Avalanche.

Shayne Gostisbehere returned to action for the Flyers, logging 26:28 of ice time and picking up an assist.

Highlights

It looked like the Flyers and Avalanche were going to head into the first intermission deadlocked in a scoreless tie…until Matt Duchene buried a power-play marker with just 1.6 seconds remaining in the frame. Neuvirth really didn’t have much of a chance on this one. The Flyers needed a faceoff win and they didn’t get it. Nathan MacKinnon made a very slick pass to Duchene, who fired it through Ivan Provorov and into an empty goal cage.

Valtteri Filppula got the Flyers on the board fairly early in the second period after he buried a fantastic pass from Travis Konecny. The vision on display here from the young forward is something to behold. There are three Avalanche players preventing the pass from getting to the front of the net, but TK somehow finds a way to feather it through.

Claude Giroux made it 2-1 Flyers minutes later after he cashed in on a rebound on the power play. Shayne Gostisbehere resumed his role on the first power-play unit tonight and picked up right where he left off. Ghost launched a point shot that was turned away by Varlamov, but Giroux followed up and fired a shot into the goal cage to give the Flyers their first lead of the hockey game. The captain had to basically swing at a bouncing job and did a phenomenal job getting enough traction and power to propel it into the net.

The lead didn’t last for very long, however, as Blake Comeau made the Flyers pay shorthanded with just under five minutes remaining in the frame. It was an unfortunate bounce for the Flyers, as the puck went off the skate of Ivan Provorov and past Neuvirth. The Russian rookie has been a force for the Flyers, but unfortunately does more harm than good here.

Mikko Rantanen continued the Avs’ special team’s success before the period was up, netting a power play goal to make it 3-2. It was another unlucky bounce for the Flyers, as a centering attempt went off the stick of Robert Hagg and into the net. Really hard to point fingers on this one, as Hagg was just doing what he could to try and stop a cross-crease pass. MacKinnon was waiting for a tap-in, so another fluky bounce gives the Avalanche the lead again.

Jakub Voracek tied it back up for the Flyers in the early goings of the third period. Voracek tracked the rebound off a Robert Hagg point shot and used one hand to slickly sneak the puck over the goal line. It was truly great strength and precision from Voracek, who was just able to shove the puck over the goal line.

The wild up-and-downs continued as Nail Yakupov put the Avalanche up 4-3 after he beat Neuvirth with a wrist shot that barely squeaked through the five-hole. This was just one that Neuvirth had to have. With the Flyers riding some momentum following Voracek’s tying goal, this was just deflating. Luckily the Flyers were later able to tie it, but that’s one where you need your goalie to come up big and make the save. The Flyers didn’t get that here.

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Dale Weise tied it up not even minutes later after Jordan Weal put in work down low. It was a terrific set up from the 25-year-old, who showed off his awareness as he took the puck to his backhand and feathered a perfect pass to Weise in the slot. Weise and Weal worked the give-and-go to perfection and it tied the game 4-4 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the final period.

Overtime solved nothing, as both goalies proved to be equal to the task. Claude Giroux had two really good looks, but was denied by Varlamov. Travis Konecny had a breakaway in the final minute, but he also couldn’t convert.

Jordan Weal scored the lone goal in the shootout for the Flyers, showing off his quick mitts.

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Nathan MacKinnon converted on his attempt right after Weal.

Claude Giroux and Matt Duchene where denied on their second-round bids. Jakub Voracek couldn’t convert on his attempt in the third round, so Rantanen had a chance to ice it for the Avalanche.

The 21-year-old showcased his filthy mitts with a sick move to end the game and hand the Flyers a 5-4 loss. It’s hard to fault Neuvirth on this one, as it was just pure skill from the youngster.

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Notes/ Takeaways

  • The Flyers are walking away with a loss, but you have to appreciate the resilliency. The Flyers rallied from two separate deficits in the third period and managed to earn a point. They came out with fire in the third period and once Voracek tied it, they didn’t let a deflating Nail Yakupov goal be the end of the hockey game.

 

  • It’s hard to fault Neuvirth on a few of the goals tonight, but the Flyers simply haven’t been getting the goaltending this season. It’s great to get a sensational performance every now-and-then like they got from Neuvirth against the Blues, but the consistency simply needs to improve. The Flyers need to feel confident in their goaltending heading into every game and I don’t think it’s at that point right now. Neuvirth needed to have that Yakupov shot. Plain and simple. Neuvirth was great against the Blues, but he gave up five against Ottawa and wasn’t great tonight. Something has to give.

 

  • What’s going on with Wayne Simmonds? He just hasn’t looked himself of late and many believe he’s playing through some form of injury. He’s now gone six games without scoring a goal and hasn’t been putting very many pucks on net. He has a history of being a streaky scorer, but he’s usually much more noticeable overall. Have to wonder if there’s an underlying factor here. The Flyers have had a heavy schedule of late, so this four-day break should do wonders for the Wayne Train.

The Flyers now have a four-day break before playing host to the Blackhawks on Thursday evening.

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