Flyers 4, Penguins 5 (OT) post game: Looking for Answers

Updated: November 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Flyers (8-9-7, 22 PTS) @ Penguins (13-10-3, 29 PTS) F/OT

In the midst of a season-long seven game losing streak, the Flyers faced-off against a familiar foe in hopes of stopping their early season skid.

1ST PERIOD

The Flyers got their chances in the first period, but the Penguins established dominance quickly. Danick Martel provided a speedy spark early on, and his great work in the corners earned the Flyers a power play eight minutes into the game. That powerplay was very shortlived as Sean Couturier got nabbed with a slashing penalty in his own zone.

The Flyers went on to kill that penalty but struggled to generate any offense after that point. Jake Guentzel broke the game open with about four minutes left in the period by sniping one by Elliott off of a quick transition rush. Despite a few chances, the Flyers headed into the locker room down 1-0 and were outshot 17-10 in the first stanza.

2ND PERIOD

The second period started with the Flyers looking to come out strong against a team they really needed to take advantage of in the first period. Dale Weise was hooked in the neutral zone and that led to the Flyers second power play of the game. After failing to score in the first 40 seconds, the Flyers then drew another penalty as Olli Matta hooked Sean Couturier. That gifted the Flyers with a 5-on-3, and we’ll let a Shayne Gostisbehere’s rocket take it from here:

That tied the game for the Flyers, but then they literally and figuratively seemed to run into an iron curtain. Four shots over the next few minutes found iron as the Flyers were oh so close to getting themselves a lead. One of those posts came off of a beautiful release from the first-round draft pick, Nolan Patrick:

A few minutes after the Flyers were seemingly stonewalled by the posts, Brandon Manning fired a puck in toward Matt Murray. That puck found it’s way to Travis Konecny who inadvertently deflected the puck into the net, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

Just three minutes after that, Sean Couturier found iron yeat again, but this time it found its way into the net and put the Flyers up by 2. Here is Couturier’s 14th of the year off of a great feed from Ivan Provorov:

That snipe gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead. This was one of the better periods of hockey the Flyers have played in the past few games, they outshot the Penguins 16-14 and set themselves up to win a division game.

3RD PERIOD

It’s almost like a curse for the Flyers at this point in the season, and being up two goals has proven to be costly to them on multiple occasions this season. Tonight was no different. Andrew Macdonald took a tripping penalty and the dangerous Penguins power play had a chance to get themselves back in it. Patric Hornqvist scored 30 seconds into that power play on a play that would be reviewed, but not overturned.

Just 40 seconds later, Shayne Gostsibehere fired a shot right into a Penguin player. Bryan Rust sped down the ice and fired a shot that was initially stopped then popped up over Elliott’s head and into the Flyer net. The inability to hold leads has been a killer for the Flyers this season, and the two goals in 40 seconds for Penguins was the worst possible way to start the third period.

Robert Hagg would go on to take an interference penalty, which the Flyers would kill off. Five minutes later, Carl Hagelin took a penalty which the Penguins would kill off. The third period was extremely fast paced and very back and forth.

Then, with under four minutes left in the third period, the Flyers found light from an unlikely source. Michael Raffl powered the puck into the zone and put the Flyers ahead late:

That fun would be short lived. After Raffl’s goal, the Flyers seemed to sit back and the Penguins threw everything they had at the Flyers, and Brian Elliott stood tall. Jake Guentzel finally managed to net the tying goal with just over a minute left and the Flyers had no chance from there on out. Jake Voracek proceeded to take a delay of game call and that set the Penguins on the power play going into overtime.

OVERTIME

It was only a matter of time for the struggling Flyers. They managed to kill off the penalty, but before the Flyers could generate any offense, Kris Letang hit Sidney Crosby for a perfect tip-in, and the Flyers are now winless in their last eight games.

QUICK HITTERS

Danick Martel, Michael Raffl, and Travis Konecny all looked strong tonight. Raffl’s late goal was reminiscent of play we’ve seen from him in the past and is something the Flyers could really use out of him in the future.

Aside from a tacky first goal, Brian Elliott looked outstanding tonight. The Penguins had plenty of high danger shots throughout this game, and Elliott stood tall. The Penguins seemed to find the net on dirty goals, but that’s going to happen when the Flyers as a whole are getting outplayed. Elliott faced 52 shtos in this game and stopped 47 of them.

– Andrew MacDonald logged almost 24 minutes of ice time in his return to the Flyers. He looked surprisingly good for coming off an injury. He finished the night as a +1, but was on the ice for the Penguins tying goal.

-The Flyers once again blew a two-goal lead. This is the 4th time in their last 6 games this has happened. When the Flyers were up 3-1, they seemed to sit back and play into the Penguins hands. They did the exact same thing after Raffl put them ahead late in the third. No urgency, just sit back and try and defend. That clearly isn’t working for them.

NEXT GAME

Flyers vs Sharks

11/28/2017 @ 7:00 P.M.

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