NEWARK, NJ -- Confidence and composure are two of the main reasons why the Flyers have shown the ability to come back from third period deficits.
The Flyers did it again in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win over the New Jersey. They trailed 1-0 entering the third period.
This was the seventh time this season and sixth since Dec. 4 that the Flyers have overcome a third period deficit to win.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau the franchise record is nine, which was accomplished in 1996-97.
“I think that is the difference in start of the year, they would get up a goal and everybody would kind of panic and try to change the game and do something different,” said captain Claude Giroux, who scored the Flyers first goal on a third period power play. “And now we keep our composure and we believe in our system and our players.”
The Flyers resiliency was tested when the Devils Michael Ryder tied the score 2-2 on a shorthanded goal with 29.6 seconds left in regulation.
“We kind of sat back instead of just playing on the power play,” said Jake Voracek, who had an assist on Giroux’s goal. “We were kind of protecting the lead.”
The Flyers quickly regrouped in overtime. With each of these comeback wins, the team’s collective confidence continues to grow.
“I think it is confidence and believing in one another and not pressing too hard,” said Brayden Schenn, who scored the game-winner. “If we feel like we have to win the game in the last five minutes or the last minute, we will do it and the confidence is big.”
Now the challenge will be to avoid a letdown when returning home on Wednesday to face the Montreal Canadiens.
Voracek mentioned how the team was tired during a sluggish first period against the Devils, yet they were able to regroup, finishing 5-1 on a road trip where the Flyers grew tremendously as a team.