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Hayes, Atkinson lift Flyers to OT win over Flames

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Buoyed by goals from Kevin Hayes and Cam Atkinson, the Flyers pulled out a tight 2-1 OT win Tuesday night over the Flames at the Wells Fargo Center.

Atkinson scored the winner in bonus time, while Hayes netted his first goal of the season.

The Flyers (8-4-2) got a little bit of revenge on Calgary, which had blanked them, 4-0, at the end of October. 

This time, Alain Vigneault's club put 43 shots on the Flames (8-3-5). 

• Hayes, playing his first home game in front of a full capacity crowd since March 2020, scored a huge goal for the Flyers under five minutes into the middle frame.

His first goal of the season came in just his second game back from an abdominal surgery recovery. In honor of his late brother Jimmy Hayes, the 29-year-old center pointed skyward before he was hugged by his teammates.

"I was the first guy to hug him," Atkinson said. "We'll all remember this for a long, long time. It was special."

The goal was important for Hayes and for his team. The Flyers have been struggling to put the puck in the net and were down 1-0 to a Flames team that plays well with a lead.

"He's a warrior, he's been through a ton," Carter Hart said. "He's an unreal teammate, an unreal friend. That's really good to see and a special moment for him and for us."

 

With fewer than three minutes left in the second period, Hayes had to limp up the tunnel after an awkward play. He was able to return for the start of the third period.

"I was a little in panic mode there but talked to the trainers and figured it out," Hayes said.

Including the playoffs, the Flyers have gone 31-3-2 in games that Hayes has scored a goal.

The Flyers entered scoring 1.57 goals per game over their past seven games. They still haven't won or lost consecutive games yet in November. They haven't lost two in a row all season.

• Hart made 30 or more saves eight times last season. He has already done so seven times this season.

He was good again Tuesday night with 33 stops.

Calgary netminder Jacob Markstrom denied 41 of the Flyers' 43 shots. He faced only 20 shots in the first matchup.

• The Flyers' power play went an ugly 0 for 4 and is 3 for 34 in the last 10 games.

Someway, somehow, they need to get their man advantage going.

• Fourth-liner Patrick Brown played only 2:18 minutes because of a thumb injury. Vigneault said the Flyers will know more Wednesday on his status.

• Rick Tocchet and Paul Holmgren were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony.

The current team and coaching staff watched from the bench as Tocchet and Holmgren made their speeches behind a podium at center ice.

To celebrate the new inductees, the Flyers wore Tocchet No. 22 and Holmgren No. 17 jerseys in warmups.

"Before the game, we talked about making the alumni proud, just to play like they did — not pretty, but hard work," Vigneault said. "That's what we did. We busted a gut tonight trying to win this game."

• The Flyers practice Wednesday in Voorhees, New Jersey before they host the two-time defending champion Lightning on Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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