Mercifully, the Flyers’ home side of the season has come to an end. A game between two bottom-of-the-league teams featured seven goals. Fortunately, it was the Flyers who grabbed the fourth and game-winning goal in overtime. They end their home schedule with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Blue Jackets.
Sluggish start, but a resilient comeback for the Flyers
The Blue Jackets grabbed the first goal of the game just under 10 minutes into the first. Carso n Meyer had a brief break and shot a puck that may have handcuffed Carter Hart. After briefly losing the puck and failing to cover it up, Liam Foudy found the rebound and roofed it over the shoulder of the Flyers’ goaltender.
A turnover in the defensive zone by Noah Cates handed the Blue Jackets their second goal of the night. His pass was taken away in the zone by Trey Fix-Wolansky. The young forward skated in and wristed a shot that seemed to fool Hart on the short side.
As they have often done, the Flyers found a way to answer back in the last five minutes of the period. Morgan Frost did a nice job of tying up two players behind the net. The puck went over to Travis Konecny who passed it in front to Joel Farabee. The latter didn’t get all of his shot on it, but it was enough to sneak through the pads of Michael Hutchinson.
"“I think just being a little more shot-foucsed, trying to just get pucks to the net. I don’t really think about it too much, try and go out there with the same mindset every game. If it goes in, it goes in. Really great PK to find me in the slot there and got lucky on the shot.”"
Philadelphia evened up the score less than a minute later on James van Riemsdyk’s 300th career goal. Scott Laughton won the faceoff in the zone back to Ivan Provorov. Provorov backhanded a pass across the zone to van Riemsdyk. After settling the puck, van Riemsdyk pulled back and wristed one in. Laughton quickly made sure to grab the milestone puck after it went in.
"“He’s my best friend on the team here and one of my closest friends. Defintely a guy, even when we’re not on the same team, that we’re gonna have a great friendship for the rest of our lives. To have him be a part of that kind of moment for me is super cool and I’m definitely grateful for that.” van Riemsdyk said on Laughton being a part of his milestone goal."
Owen Tippett power moves for two goals
Less than a minute into the second period, Owen Tippett gave the Flyers their first lead of the night. After the puck left the zone, Rasmus Ristolainen did a good job stepping up to Morgan Frost. Frost gave it right to Tippett who skated through the contact along the boards. His power move down the left side boards and to the front of the net was his 25th goal of the season and eighth on the power play. That made it three straight tallies for Philadelphia after going down 2-0 in the first.
"“The offense is coming, he’s been put in a good situation this year to succeed. And I think he’s taken advantage of those opportunities. The future is very bright, in my opinion, moving forward.” Rocky Thompson said about Tippett after the game."
It was a penalty fest mid-way through the third period. In the span of fewer than two minutes, Adam Ginning, Kirill Marchenko, and Cam York were all called for minor infractions. With 30 seconds remaining on York’s hooking call, the Blue Jackets grabbed the equalizer. A Jake Christiansen shot from the point was tipped in front by Sean Kuraly.
And just what everyone expected between these two teams: overtime. Tippett became the hero with his second of the night and 26th of the season. Tippett skated in front of the net, drug his stick to the left, pulled it back, and roofed the overtime winner over Hutchinson.
"“Provy made a great pass coming into the zone. Ideally I was going back to him on my backhand. Just opened up room to bring it back to my forehand and put it in there.”"
There is just one more game remaining for the Flyers as they finish up the season. They’ll head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks on Thursday.