The Flyers need to start avoiding the shootout.
They lost a 2-1 lead during the final two minutes of regulation Saturday and it resulted in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Flames at the Wells Fargo Center.
Alain Vigneault's team has gone to the skills competition an NHL-high eight times. The Flyers (11-7-5) have had a solid November but it could be better. They've earned at least a point in 10 of 12 games this month (6-2-4).
The Flames (11-12-3) came staggering to Philadelphia, having lost six straight games, a stretch in which they were outscored 23-5. During that span, Calgary had dropped three road games by a combined score of 14-0.
The Flames were able to get right against the Flyers with a come-from-behind win as Matthew Tkachuk delivered in the shootout (see highlights).
• Kevin Hayes scored his second goal in as many games to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 3:46 left during regulation.
Joel Farabee started the play with his effort to make something happen behind the net. The 19-year-old always skates hard and low, even when things aren't going well for him.
Once again, the Flyers had trouble finishing.
"Don't mind if I do" - Kevin Hayes, probably pic.twitter.com/uEoAbNo6pZ— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 23, 2019
• Jakub Voracek scored his first goal since Oct. 27 to open the game's scoring in the second period.
After diving to knock the puck home, Voracek jumped to his feet and let out a big scream. He has not produced the way he expects to, so his 200th career goal was timely.
THANK YOU, JAKE! pic.twitter.com/W4EqJpOJ7Q— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 23, 2019
• In his first career regular-season game at the Wells Fargo Center, Morgan Frost went scoreless for the first time in his NHL career.
On the Flames' first equalizer early in the third period, Frost was stripped of the puck.
The 20-year-old playmaking center has still been a major positive through three games.
• Carter Hart, who entered with a 2.24 goals-against average in November, took the loss despite making 25 saves.
On Calgary's first goal, Andrew Mangiapane's shot appeared to deflect off Philippe Myers.
On the Flames' second goal, Elias Lindholm scored on a shot that took a hard bounce right to him off the back boards. Calgary had pulled its goalie at that point.
They took out their goalie on an icing play and we played that 6-on-5 perfectly. There was nothing getting in the inside, everything was on the outside. They shot the puck and missed the net by a foot. It ended up on the guy’s stick with an open net. Sometimes that’s going to happen. If you look at our overall game, the way we played it, we played extremely well.
- Vigneault after the game
• The Flyers' penalty kill is 48 for 54 (88.9 percent) since Oct. 21.
Scott Laughton returned Saturday after missing 13 games with a broken finger. Laughton is one of the Flyers' top PK forwards, so the Flyers got even better shorthanded.
• Slowly but surely, the Flyers have built up confidence in Travis Sanheim after the 23-year-old went through a rough patch.
Against the Flames, Sanheim had an assist and played 2:51 on the power play. They're starting to use him more and more.
• Shayne Gostisbehere was a healthy scratch for the Flyers (see story).
• On the fourth line, James van Riemsdyk played only 9:06 and went scoreless.
• The Flyers are off Sunday before welcoming the Canucks Monday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).
The team then plays three games around Thanksgiving — Wednesday at the Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP+), Friday vs. the Red Wings (4 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and Saturday at the Canadiens (3 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
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