Flyers top Sharks in overtime to end skid

Flyers top Sharks in overtime to end skid

The Flyers salvaged the final game on their disappointing homestand Saturday afternoon, using Wayne Simmonds’ overtime goal to outlast the San Jose Sharks, 2-1.

Simmonds, robbed of a goal on a ridiculous save in the opening period, scored on a breakaway with 3 minutes, 56 seconds left in overtime.

The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak and handed the Sharks their fourth straight loss.

Rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov snapped a scoreless tie with 13:38 left, scoring from the high slot on a rebound of Andrew MacDonald’s shot that caromed off the post.

But about three minutes later, with Brandon Manning in the penalty box for holding Joel Ward, Patrick Marleau netted the equalizer as he converted a nice feed from Kevin Lebanc and scored from the low slot.

The Flyers went 2-2-1 on their longest homestand of the season.

The Flyers had lost eight straight at home against San Jose – and were winless in their last nine home games against the Sharks.

The last time the Flyers had beaten the Sharks at home was when they registered a 4-3 win on Dec. 21, 2000. Rick Tocchet had two goals, Daymond Langkow had three points, and Roman Cechmanek was the winning goalie.

Yeah, it had been a while.

The Flyers squandered a late power play in regulation as they swarmed the net, and fired three shots, but couldn’t solve rookie goaltender Aaron Dell.

Dell, who played for Flyers coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota, made 20 saves over the first two periods to keep the game scoreless. Dell stopped 21 shots Dec. 30 to beat the visiting Flyers, 2-0, for his first NHL shutout in his sixth career appearance.

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth was rarely tested in the opening two periods. He made his most difficult stop by denying Tomas Hertl from in front with 15:07 to go in the second.

San Jose was without injured star Logan Couture, who has 19 goals and 38 points.

The Flyers dominated a scoreless first period, one in which the Sharks had a power-play goal – ruled a goal on the ice – negated because of incidental goalie interference. Hakstol challenged the goal, and it was ruled Lebanc interfered with Neuvirth before it was scored.

The Flyers had a 14-4 shots domination in the first period, but Dell was flawless.

Dell made a highlight-film save on Simmonds with 10:58 left in the first.

Simmonds used a slick move to get inside Brent Burns – the favorite to win the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman – and go in alone on Dell. From point-blank range, he fired a shot that appeared to be going into the right corner before Dell made a sensational glove save.

Simmonds looked up at the rafters in disbelief.

Hakstol changed all four lines in an attempt to awaken an offense that had scored one goal, total, in its previous three games. He also inserted Jordan Weal, recalled from the Phantoms on Friday, onto the second line at left wing.

Through 40 minutes, however, the Flyers had just one goal over their last 11 periods, plus an overtime session.

Provorov ended the drought – and scored the Flyers’ first even-strength goal in 245:25. MacDonald and Jake Voracek got assists, and Weal helped create the goal with some dogged play in the offensive zone.

The Flyers had a 33-23 shots advantage in regulation, including six shots by Voracek.

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Published at Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:05:48 +0000

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