Back to back shootout wins.
Never thought I'd live to write those words. I kid, I kid. But seriously, what an important two points!
The game may have been tied after two, but play seemed impossibly slanted towards the Canucks. They were dominating puck possession and shots on goal and were skating better than the Flyers. Vancouver took a late lead, a wrister from Jannik Hansen that came from a really nice dish from Daniel Sedin, but thanks to a highlight worthy goal from the Captain himself, the score was even at two.
The third was utter insanity. Breakaways abounded, but the game stayed tied. After getting some nice offensive pressure but yielding a season high shot total, Berube called a timeout with just 3:54 left in the third, a seemingly pivotal moment in the game. Unfortunately, it was pivotal in a way that the Flyers would have hoped to avoid. Daniel Sedin potted a fluky one and gave the Canucks the go-ahead goal late in the third.
It seemed that hope was lost. Not so.
Steve Mason was pulled with 1:30 left. With only 47 seconds left, Brayden Schenn scored his first goal in seventeen games. The game went to overtime. Then, it went to shootout.
You guys know the rest. Fun stuff!
Bullet points of happiness:
- Story of the night was obviously Mason. He really gave the Flyers this win with his play. 41 saves in regulation and all three stops in the shootout. It's great to see, especially after much talk of a slump. Excellent game from him all around. And there was much rejoicing.
- Mark Streit had a really nice goal and had his best sixty minutes of the season, in my opinion. It's always nice when he's doing the things he's being paid to be doing.
- Can we please, please, please make sure that Steve Downie goes back to the third line? I mean, I like the idea of rolling four lines, but at what cost? He ended up taking a terrible penalty at literally the worst time possible. It didn't register, but I really don't want him to start thinking like a fourth-liner, if you're picking up what I'm putting down.
- Coburn has had some rough spots over these last couple of games, the most notable being some significant giveaways and penalties. I know people are going to get all riled up about it, so I'm gonna focus on the good stuff he's been doing. He's looking fast while joining rushes and he blocked some nice shots in his penalty kill. I would imagine he bounces back from this.
- Can we talk more about how insanely good Claude Giroux is? I mean, what a goal. His point streak extends to nine games. All smiles.
- Jake Voracek's point streak may have ended, but he played a hell of a game. More and more, you're seeing Jake battle along the boards and keep the puck like his name's on it. He might not have got a point to show for it tonight, but he's playing incredibly well.
- And last, but certainly not least, Ryan Kesler completely fanned on his shot in the shootout and it was super funny.
Claude Giroux called this an "ugly" win, but it was pretty much exactly what the team needed. They went into Vancouver, played against a team that held the best record in December, and got the two points.
The Flyers are now gaining ground on the second-place Capitals. Tonight, that's just about all we could have hoped for. Great game. Now, go get some sleep. Go Flyers.