It looked all too familiar for the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Flyers and the Canucks entered the final five minutes of the third period at the Rogers Centre tied at 2-2. Back on Oct. 15, Ryan Kesler scored in the waning minutes of the third period to give the Canucks a win. Monday night, it was Daniel Sedin who scored the go-ahead goal with 2:48 left in the game. It looked like the Flyers would lose another heartbreaker to the Canucks. That was until Brayden Schenn decided to flip the script. Schenn, who had not scored since Nov. 23, scored with less than a minute to play to knot the game at 3-3.
Steve Mason was stellar. He made 41 saves and stopped all three of the Canucks’ shooters to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Canucks. Mark Streit scored his fourth goal of the season, and Claude Giroux had a two-point night with a goal and an assist. Vincent Lecavalier scored the only goal in the shootout for the Flyers.
Going into Monday night’s contest, the Flyers were facing a Vancouver team that was 9-1-1 in its last eleven games. The Canucks dominated most of the game, but Steve Mason stood tall in what may have been his best start of the season.
The two teams were scoreless for most of the first period until Streit took a pass from Michael Raffl and backhanded it past Eddie Lack. That would be the only goal of the period and the Flyers took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Vancouver would strike at the beginning and end of the second period with goals from Tom Sestito and Jannik Hansen.
It looked like the Canucks would carry a 2-1 lead into the intermission, but with 1:12 left in the period, Raffl intercepted a pass at the blue line and spotted a streaking Giroux. Raffl fired a direct pass to the tape of Giroux’s stick, who muscled off two defensemen and scored to tie the game at 2-2.
Vancouver controlled most of the game in the third period. The Canucks got a lucky bounce when Sedin fired a shot at Mason. The rebound hit Luke Schenn’s skate and floated past Mason and over the goal line. Down a goal with little time to spare, head coach Craig Berube pulled Mason in favor of the extra attacker.
-The Flyers came back from two one-goal deficits. Monday night’s game showed the Flyers have a ton of heart and character, especially after Sedin’s go-ahead goal.
-Steve Mason played out of his mind tonight. The defensemen owe him dinner and a couple rounds of drinks.
-The Flyers now 4-3-1 when tied after two periods.
-Andrej Meszaros looked lost on Vancouver’s first two goals. The blue line need Gustafsson back.
-Giroux’s goal will be on his highlight reel for a long time
-I want Brayden Schenn back on the wing ASAP.
The Flyers have been on a 100+-point pace since the Nov. 9 game against the Edmonton Oilers. Imagine what this team could do with a good defensive core.