The Flyers came back to beat the Calgary Flames, 5-4, in a shootout.
Matt Read was the fifth shooter for the Flyers. He carried the team on his back as he skated toward Miikka Kiprusoff. The Calgary fans were quiet hoping their goalie could come up with another stop. But, Read broke the tie by netting the shoot-out winner.
The Flyers were down 1-0 under four minutes into the period when Mark Giordano scored on a power play. It was the first Calgary shot of the period. Matt Stajan would net the second goal on the second shot of the period to put his team up 2-0. The Calgary fans began to cheer when Bryzgalov made saves as the period went on. Peter Laviolette called a timeout to calm his team down, but there would be no further scoring in the period. In the intermission, analysts began to criticize Bryzgalov, saying for a better lack of words, that he sucks. Everyone’s eyes seem to be open to how bad Bryz has been playing.
The Flyers came out stronger in the second, but 12:55 into the period things went south. Tom Kostopoulos picked up a lose puck and scored shorthanded to put his team up 3-0. It was all Calgary, and any hope of a win seemed like a joke.
At 15:47, Jakub Voracek wristed a low shot past Kiprusoff for his 11th goal of the season. In the final 7 minutes the Flyers outshot the Flames 12-2. With 34 seconds left in the period, Braydon Coburn scored his 3rd of the season. With a sudden turn of events, the Flyers had pulled to one goal.
At 7:35, Scott Hartnell scored on the power play off a deflection from Kimmo Timonen’s shot. A little over 3 minutes later, Alex Tanguay was awarded a penalty shot. He broke the tie, but Hartnell was quick to respond. He scored his second of the game and 30th of the year at 12:21. The third period would close with the score tied.
After no scoring in the overtime, the game went into a shoot out. Michael Cammalleri scored in the third round, but Claude Giroux responded to keep it going. Bryz came up with some great saves to shock the home crowd. Read would score to win it for the orange and black. However, Bryz was the x-factor in the Flyer’s shoot out win.
As the game went on Bryzgalov played much stronger, so maybe it is possible he will start to play well. This game marks the second time in Hartnell’s career where he has reached 30 goals. With the win the Flyers (34-20-7) are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers continue their road-trip against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.