Raffl scores his first, Flyers earn point in 2-1 OT loss to Flames

Updated: November 6, 2015 at 1:31 am by Brady Trettenero

Michael Raffl’s late second-period goal helped the Flyers earn a point, but that was all they could muster, dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime to the Calgary Flames Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Mikael Backlund scored in overtime for the Flames after a shot from Johhny Gaudreau was stopped by Flyers’ goaltender Michal Neuvirth. The puck bounced off Backlund and into the net, handing the Flyers their sixth straight loss.

Neuvirth stopped 28 of 30 shots for Philadelphia, who fall to 4-7-2 on the season.

Josh Jooris opened the scoring for Calgary 4:40 into the first period — immediately after a Flyers power-play expired.

Jooris broke in on a breakaway after Brandon Manning tripped and fell in the Flames zone. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth turned away the original shot from Jooris, but through a scramble, Jooris was able to fire the rebound past Neuvirth to put the Flames up 1-0.

Calgary came out of the period with a one-goal lead, but the Flyers were able to tie the game in the middle frame.

Michael Raffl finally got the Flyers on the board with his first tally of the season with just over 30 seconds remaining in the period.

Claude Giroux worked the puck behind the net, before skating out and finding Raffl in tight. The Austrian fired a shot that snuck through the wickets of Ramo, knotting the game at one.

The Flyers were outshot 30-27 on the night and have lost all four games on their current road trip.

Sean Couturier returned to the lineup Thursday after missing the past six games because of a concussion. With Couturier’s return, Sam Gagner was designated a healthy scratch.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • Claude Giroux had a strong game, picking up an assist and firing three shots on goal. He was a machine on faceoffs, posting a 69 faceoff percentage
  • The Flyers have been outscored  14-5 in the first period this year. Hard to win games with such poor starts
  • Goaltender Steve Mason did not participate in the morning skate because of an illness, but he did backup Neuvirth against the Flames
  • Sean Couturier was credited with 19:31 of ice time in his return to the lineup. He was held without a shot
  • Vincent Lecavalier played 4:37 just tonight
  • While he was held off the scoresheet, Wayne Simmonds fired a game-high seven shots on goal. If you keep shooting, one is bound to find twine…

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Nice Guy Scott Laughton

laughton

Ouch

ouch1

Michael Raffl scores!

I don’t even know what this is…

idon't even

Actually…

Ready for some 3-on-3 OT?

Flyers don’t like that OT winner

schenngoal

#PlayBoldly

(The best tweets sent out during the game)

Good times

He’s baaaack

Scheduled tweet?

#FlyersFuture

Pretty Much

Ouch

Wishful Thinking

Raffl Ties it!

Send help

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Raffl with his first

(Photo by Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Neuvirth shuts the door

(Photo by Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)

NEXT UP: Flyers vs. Jets, Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM, MTS Center

 

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