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Flyers get much needed shootout win over Canucks

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Following their 10-game win streak that concluded with a loss on December 17 at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers have been one of the worst teams in the NHL. In the time since that loss, they went a mediocre 2-6-3 and were allowing over 3.5 goals per game. Last night in Philadelphia, the Flyers desperately needed a win to right the ship, but it wouldn’t come to them easy at all.

In the first period alone, the tandem of Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABCDEFGH[/youtube], tallied up a combined 12 minutes in the box. Manning was awarded a double-minor for high sticking, and about three minutes later, Del Zotto followed suit. The Canucks were able to cash in on a Daniel Sedin goal in the time of overlap between the two penalties. After getting one back thanks to the second power play unit and Travis Konecny, the Flyers quickly put themselves back in a hole with two penalties that would carry into the second period, from who other than Manning and Del Zotto.

Markus Granlund would put a rebound in just as the second penalty expired to get his first of two goals on the night, and put the Canucks back on top. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was able to snipe one past Ryan Miller for only his second goal so far this season, the game was now tied 2-2. However, the tie would be short-lived as Sean Couturier quickly followed Bellemare up by putting one past Miller himself, off beautiful pass from Jakub Voracek. The game quickly became a see-saw affair, as Granlund slammed home a puck off Mason’s pad to give him his second of the night, and put the game at 3-3. A few minutes later Brandon Sutter was able to slip right in front of the crease and deflect one past Mason to give the Canucks the lead back.

The Canucks committed a slashing penalty on Claude Giroux only a few seconds before the period ended, as it would carry into the third. After finishing out the a rough second period where he gave up three goals, coach Dave Hakstol made the switch to Michal Neuvrith to begin the third period, a move that would eventually pay off. Brayden Schenn was able to sneak one past Miller off a pass from Giroux, just as he fell down to tie the game up at four apiece. Surprisingly enough, it would remain that score for the remainder of the third period, as each team committed one penalty apiece and were able to kill each of them off respectively.

After a typical high-energy, franatic, three on three overtime that resulted in many high quality looks, but no goals, the game would head to the shootout. The Canucks came in with a record of 4-1 in shootouts this year, and the typically horrific in shootout Flyers, surprisingly were 4-4 on the year. On his birthday, Claude Giroux would score the game winner in overtime, and Neuvirth was able to put all three of the Canucks shots down, some of them being tough stops.

The Flyers got the win they really needed in the ugliest way imaginable, committing eight penalties in the game, and three goals in the second period, were able to rally for the win. They have an important weekend to look forward to as they face both the Boston Bruins, and Washington Capitals, it will definitely be a test for them.

Brett Lane

Brett is the Philadelphia Flyers Lead Writer for DoubleGSports.com

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