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Flyers Use Comeback To Top Anaheim In Overtime

3 Dec

It’s becoming a recurrent theme for the orange and black. They take a little longer than they should to show up and in the end it costs them two points. But on Friday night, the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime on a Claude Giroux power play goal.

The Flyers will travel 11,718 miles in December, but they looked tired very early in Bruce Boudreau’s debut as Ducks coach. His team came out hitting, skating hard and shooting. That desperation was something the Flyers claimed to be ready for, but it beat them in the first period.

It was easy to see how the Flyers were outhustled, even on the penalty kill. Saku Koivu found Andrew Cogliano who was ahead of two Flyers defenders and Beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a one-handed shot through the goalie’s five hole. Bryzgalov made a weak attempt at a pokecheck and gave the Duck the opening. It was the eighth power play goal the Flyers have allowed in their last six games.

Later in the period, Koivu struck again. He slid a pass between the legs of Braydon Coburn and right to the tape of Teemu Selanne who scored easily when neither Coburn nor Bryzgalov knew he was there.

The Flyers were happy to hear the horn sound after the first 20 minutes and came out with a better effort in the second period. They were finally able to sustain some pressure on a power play after going 0-for-3 in the first. Kimmo Timonen took a shot from the point with Francois Beauchemin. Jaromir Jagr tipped it in for his first goal since Nov. 5.

In the third period, the Flyers were able to fully compensate for the poor first-period effort. With a two-man advantage, the Flyers cashed in. Timonen and Jagr played catch at the high slot and eventually Jagr one-timed a rocket past Jonas Hiller to make it a one-goal game.

With three minutes remaining, it looked like the outpouring of pressure from the Flyers would be all for naught. But they found the back of Hiller’s net when Timonen made a pass to Scott Hartnell that the winger one-timed up high to beat the Anaheim goalie.

In the extra session, the Flyers got lucky when Ryan Getzlaf not only brought down Jakub Voracek, but also complained about the call. That earned him an extra two minutes and gave the Flyers a power play for nearly all of overtime. Once they got set up, they won the game on a Claude Giroux shot from the slot.

In Boudreau’s NHL coaching debut, his Washington Capitals beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime. This time around, the Flyers returned the favor and in the process survived yet another bad first period. This time, it worked. Next time? They’ll worry about that when the time comes.