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Saturday night hockey in Philadelphia, a phrase that’s music to my ears. After the Flyers 4-3 OT loss to Pittsburgh on Friday, the Flyers look to bounce back against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche are coming off a 12 day break, and you would expect them to have a slow start, but that was the complete opposite. They came out blazing, with lots of chances and speed, causing the Flyers some problems early on.
The Flyers started to get some good shifts going, but couldn’t really get any shots from the point completely through, until a shot from Matt Niskanen fired one that deflected off Samuel Girard the Avalanche D-man and in. The goal was given to Couturier, but later changed to Niskanen. Late in the 1st with around 3 minutes left, Nathan MacKinnion took a double minor high-sticking penalty, where the Flyers had some great passing plays and lots of chances, and finally broke through off a goal from Kevin Hayes with 4.5 seconds left in the 1st, on a great pass from JVR. The Avalanche owned the Flyers in that period and took it to them hard, but the Flyers led after 1st period.
In the 2nd the Flyers gave up a goal early off a shot from the point that deflected off of Nichuschkin and in, beating Lyon up high making it 2-1. Not long after, Sean Couturier found a diving Joel Farabee who was flying to the slot, tipped it home making it 3-1 Flyers. Mikko Rantanen made it 3-2 on a PP goal on a nice pass from Nazem Kadri, a defensive breakdown from the Flyers, no chance for Lyon.
Overall the Flyers had a better period offensively, with an established forecheck and lots of chances from their top 6 guys. Phil Myers drew a penalty at the end of the 2nd, as he drove the net after he came out of the box, getting slashed on the partial break-away. So Flyers would start the 3rd with a full 2 minute man advantage.
In the third, the Flyers weren’t able to get a goal on that PP, but would eventually score 3 goals in the period. A great period all around, Joel Farabee got his second of the game on a great pass from Couturier. Andre Burakovsky made it 4-3 on a scramble in front, no chance for Lyon as the puck sat in the slot, as Burakovsky ripped it by him. Kevin Hayes picked up a short-handed goal, beating Grubauer five-hole, giving the Flyers some breathing room late in the 3rd. Scott Laughton got the empty netter, and the Flyers pick up a 6-3 win.
Alex Lyon was phenomenal tonight for the Flyers, making lots of key saves early and often, ending with 28 saves on 31 shots, keeping the Flyers in it. Farabee’s 2 goals give him a 5 game point streak, where he’s played very well with Jake Voracek and Sean Couturier. The Flyers continued their home dominance tonight, moving to 18-4-4 on the year at Wells Fargo. On Monday, the Flyers will face off against the worst team in the league in Detroit, at 7:30 PM. Then New Jersey on Thursday in Philadelphia.