After 6 days of rest the Flyers returned to action on the west coast, their opponent was an Anaheim Ducks squad who just went under a coaching change a day prior.
Bruce Boudreau would make his coaching debut for the Ducks, replacing former coach Randy Carlyle. Ironically, when Boudreau made his coaching debut, he also faced the Flyers. Last night, history repeated itself.
With a lot of the attention going to Boudreau and the Ducks, all the Flyers had to do was play hockey.
The start didn't exactly go as the Orange and Black would have liked. Giving up a soft goal to Andrew Cogliano, who went 5-hole on Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in 8:12 in the first. Future Hall of Famer, Teemu Selane would follow up at 10:34, off of a Flyers defensive lapse in front of the net; giving the Ducks a quick 2-0 lead heading into the Second.
The second period would start out more of the same. Andrew Gordon would make it 3-0 Ducks, with a tip in.
Then, the Flyers woke up. Playing tighter defensively, crashing the net, and constant forechecking. The work would pay off. Jaromir Jagr was the first to step up for the Flyers, netting the first two goals. The first coming from a redirection off of a shot by defenseman Kimmo Timonen in the second period, and the second coming from the slot in the third. Scott Hartnell would tie the game with a wrist shot in front of the net, off of a pass from Timonen at 16:58 in the third.
With the score tied 3-3, we would head to overtime.
Almost right away in Overtime, Ducks forward and Captain Ryan Getzlaf would get called for a tripping penalty. Getzlaf, who was unhappy with the call; expressed his frustrations, adding another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. This would prove to be the Ducks downfall. The Flyers were in complete control after that. Creating constant pressure on the Ducks PK unit.
The hard work would pay off, as Claude Giroux goes top shelf on Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller in 3:29 of overtime, sealing the deal for the Flyers once again.
The Ducks over-aggressive nature would prove to be their downfall as they racked up 22 PIM to the Flyers 10.
The comeback is one the Flyers should be proud of, after 6 days off and playing sluggish for the first 30 minutes. They showed their grit and ability to comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
This is a win to build on, as they head into Phoenix tonight to take on Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes. Coverage starts at 7:30 from the Jobbing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.