Provorov scores overtime winner as Giroux makes history against Kraken

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his power-play goal with Claude Giroux #28, Keith Yandle #3 and Joel Farabee #86 against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena on December 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his power-play goal with Claude Giroux #28, Keith Yandle #3 and Joel Farabee #86 against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena on December 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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In the Flyers’ first trip to Seattle, Philadelphia took down the Kraken, 3-2, in overtime on Wednesday. It’d been 11 days since the Flyers last win over the Ottawa Senators, which they also won in overtime. The ugly win made it a six-game point streak for the Flyers, who are 5-0-1 in that stretch.

THE GOOD

CLAUDE GIROUX MAKES HISTORY: After Jordan Eberle took a crosschecking penalty early in the first period, the Flyers wasted no time as Claude Giroux found James van Riemsdyk for a one-timer goal. It was Giroux’s 600th career assist, as he joined Bobby Clarke as the second Flyer to reach that mark. He also recorded his 884th career point, moving past Bill Barber to become Philadelphia’s second-highest point leader. He only trails Bobby Clarke who put up 1,210 points in his career.

YEO GOAL: With 14 minutes left in the third it looked as if Seattle had taken a one-goal lead after Jeremy Lauzon scored from the blue line with the help of a bump from Jaden Schwartz on Philly’s goaltender. Yeo decided to challenge the call on the ice and after review the goal was called back, keeping it at 1-1 midway through the third.

JVR’S RESPONSE: 15 seconds after Lauzon scored for real, JVR struck for his second of the night. Just when it looked like it was all over for Philadelphia, Travis Sanheim made a cross-ice pass to a wide-open number 25, who buried it below the bar to tie the game.

OT: For a third straight game the Flyers went to overtime, and for their second straight game they’d take the win. Kevin Hayes made an incredible pass to Ivan Provorov, who made an even more incredible deke to give the Flyers a 3-2 win.

THE BAD

OH MY GOURDE: After JVR’s power-play goal, the Kraken controlled play. They finally made Philadelphia pay on the penalty kill. Yanni Gourde tallied his seventh goal of the year on a wicked one-timer slap shot that whizzed by Martin Jones to tie the game at one, which is the way it would stay at the end of the first period.

LACK OF ENERGY: The Flyers’ energy in the first period could easily be summed up by their captain.  “It was pretty terrible”, Giroux said. Seattle controlled the game after the Flyers’ first goal. After 11 days off, you could try to make an excuse, but the Kraken had the same 11-day break Philadelphia had.

SHOOT THE PUCK: Philadelphia went without a shot on goal for 14 minutes and 46 seconds. A span lasting from 3:28 in the first to 8:42 in the second. Then in the third period, Philadelphia went without a shot on goal until around the 12-minute mark. A series of bad breakouts, turnovers, and as cited above, a lack of energy haunted the Flyer shots on goal category.

LAUZON’S LATE GOAL: It felt like just a matter of time before the Kraken finally struck and late in the third, Lauzon got his first with the Kraken. The Flyers’ inability to break out of the zone was evident on this one, as the Kraken intercepted clearing attempts multiple times before Lauzon fired off the go-ahead goal.

The Flyers will continue their four-game road trip as they head to San Jose to take on the Sharks on Thursday.