The Flames buried the Flyers once again in overtime.
Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie scored in OT to give Calgary a 3-2 victory at the Wells Fargo Center, extending the Flyers' losing streak to six games.
Did Nolan Patrick make a difference in his first game back from injury, and how did the Flyers counter against Johnny Gaudreau and the Flyers' lethal top line?
• The Flyers started to fall into a similar bad trend that they found themselves in during their game in Calgary when they were forced to kill numerous power plays in the third period, which ultimately led to their demise. Radko Gudas had a trip that gave the Flames two minutes to start the third and then Ivan Provorov was whistled for a bogus hooking penalty on Gaudreau. Outside of that, the Flyers were a very disciplined team because they were moving their feet and in attack mode for most of this game.
• Another third period defensive breakdown as Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-tying goal, moving across the slot and firing a one-timer goal past Carter Hart, but once again, it was the failure by Wayne Simmonds to read the play and break up the pass/shot. These are the defensive miscues that have plagued the Flyers in the first half of the season.
• If Jordan Weal could give the Flyers any semblance of consistency, he would be an ideal third-line center. The play he made to set up Travis Sanheim’s goal was all Weal, who brought a lot of speed into the offensive zone, driving Brodie to the net with him. One of the biggest flaws with Weal’s game offensively is that he still has a hard time creating time and space, especially in tight spaces.
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• It was Weal with the miscue and turnover that led to the Flames' 2-on-1 overtime goal.
• In an effort to contain the Flames' top line, Scott Gordon elected to go with his fourth line of Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton and Dale Weise in more of a checking role. Together, that trio did a solid job of not allowing the Flames to transition into the Flyers' zone. Calgary’s top line didn’t have its first solid shift against the Sean Couturier line until the opening minutes of the second period.
• Gaudreau finally broke through with a 4-on-4 goal that tied the game at 1-1, which came at the end of a one-minute shift. The Flyers had changed with Claude Giroux and Couturier on the ice coming off and Patrick and Jakub Voracek coming on too late, which was the break Gaudreau and Sean Monahan needed to create a pass/shot that Hart had very little chance at stopping.
• While the Flyers have cycled through seven different goaltenders this season, part of the reason the Flames have been consistently good is they’ve had stability in net, even though their No. 1, Mike Smith, has not been very good. Backup David Rittich has been the Flames' stabilizer in net. He came on in relief and earned the win against the Flyers in Calgary, and in this game, he came through with some splendid saves.
• However, there's one Rittich would like to have back. He made an absent-minded decision to come out and play the puck, leaving the net completely unattended as Travis Konecny used his speed and fired a shot underneath Rittich to snap a 13-game goalless drought.
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