Right now on the road, the Flyers don't care about points for artistic merit.
They'll take wins however they can get them away from the Wells Fargo Center. They picked up a big one Sunday night with a 2-1 OT decision over the Ducks at Honda Center.
Fewer than 24 hours prior, the Flyers were whipped in San Jose, 6-1. They came into Anaheim with an 8-10-1 record and a minus-24 goal differential on the road.
Kevin Hayes scored the winner in bonus time off a precise feed from Jakub Voracek.
KEVIN HAYES WITH THE OT WINNER! pic.twitter.com/vRtfQre53d— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 30, 2019
Kevin Hayes wins it in overtime.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 30, 2019
The #Flyers are 14-3-1 when Hayes records a point.
He also has 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in his last 19 games.
The Flyers (22-12-5) are two games into their six-game road trip.
The Ducks (16-18-5) own the NHL's second-fewest points since Nov. 3, going 7-12-5.
• Brian Elliott allowed a bad goal 35 seconds into the game on an Erik Gudbranson shot from the blue line.
After that, he was clutch for the Flyers, who have really needed strong goaltending on the road because of prolonged stretches in which they've struggled to score.
In the third period, Elliott helped kill a 5-on-3 and recorded 13 saves. He finished with 27 overall.
Over their previous five road games (1-4-0), the Flyers allowed 4.80 goals per game and scored only 10.
Elliott stemmed the tide (see highlights).
Anaheim goalie John Gibson was also good, stopping 33 shots.
• With helpers on both of the Flyers' goals, Voracek passed Hall of Famer Eric Lindros and Flyers Hall of Famer Rick MacLeish for sixth on the franchise's all-time assists list.
That's legit company for Voracek, who has 370 assists in his time with the orange and black.
Along with Hayes and James van Riemsdyk, Voracek has turned it on with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and a plus-10 rating in his last 17 games.
Sean Couturier scored the opening-period goal to give Voracek his first assist. Couturier keeps humming along, leading the Flyers in even-strength scoring with 23 points.
Have no fear, Coots is here! pic.twitter.com/PIcV4k2ZRi— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 30, 2019
• Nicolas Aube-Kubel, a 23-year-old winger called up on Dec. 15, has forced the Flyers into tough decisions with his energetic and opportunistic game. Morgan Frost was sent to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley before the game and Andy Andreoff could join him soon when Scott Laughton (groin, day to day) returns.
With the Frost move, the 23-year-old Aube-Kubel earned power play time Sunday and he was constantly noticeable at even strength.
Aube-Kubel was summoned by the banged-up Flyers out of sheer necessity and he's given the club every reason to keep him here.
• Mikhail Vorobyev, who stayed with the Flyers over Frost, committed two penalties. Following the second infraction, which came six minutes into the third period of a 1-1 game, Vorobyev saw the ice only once more for a brief shift.
Vorobyev, who turns 23 years old next Sunday, is in his fifth stint with the Flyers going back to last season.
• Head coach Alain Vigneault tried some different combinations at forward, putting Voracek with Couturier and Claude Giroux, while Travis Konecny joined Hayes and van Riemsdyk.
Aube-Kubel went to the fourth line with Andreoff and Michael Raffl, who returned from a broken right pinkie finger that had him out since early this month.
• Robert Hagg drew into the lineup as Philippe Myers sat. The Flyers are playing three games in four days and these decisions on defense can be a positive.
• The road trip continues Tuesday when the Flyers visit the Kings (9 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
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