Travis Konecny’s wraparound goal in overtime saved the Flyers from a colossal collapse. Konecny’s goal, his second of the game, with 3 minutes, 33 seconds left in overtime, gave the Flyers a 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings during a Saturday matinee game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Leading 5-1, the Flyers surrendered four third-period goals. Anthony Mantha’s tip-in from the right slot with seven seconds left in regulation tied the score at 5, sending the game into overtime.
“It feels good to get that one, especially when you have the thought of maybe losing a game that you shouldn’t have,” said Konecny, who now has 17 goals. “I don’t know, we definitely have to clean some things up, some of that stuff is not acceptable, for a team to come back like that, but credit to them that they didn’t give up, but we’re just glad we came out on top with this.”
The Flyers are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games. They began the day eight points behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot, but with the Penguins’ 5-4 loss to Calgary, the gap is now six points. (Carolina, which plays later Saturday, entered its game with Dallas five points ahead of the Flyers).
Carter Hart earned the win in what wasn’t the best game for him or the defense on the day the Flyers acquired goaltender Cam Talbot from Edmonton for goalie Anthony Stolarz. Talbot has been a mentor toward Hart and when he makes his Flyers debut, the team will set an unwanted NHL record -- eight goalies in a season.
Flyers interim coach Scott Gordon said after the win that Talbot would not be available for Sunday’s game at Detroit and that he wasn’t sure whom he will use in goal.
The Flyers scored two goals within a minute’s span early in the third period to seemingly put the game away. Jake Voracek scored on a backhanded rebound and then Nolan Patrick tapped in a rebound of own his blocked shot, making it 5-1 with 18:36 left in the third period. For Voracek, it increased his scoring streak to nine games, with four goals and seven assists.
After Patrick’s goal, the Red Wings pulled goalie Jimmy Howard, replacing him with Jonathan Bernier.
Detroit quickly got back into the game when Tyler Bertuzzi and Thomas Vanek answered with goals within a minute’s span. Vanek’s made it 5-3 with 16:37 left. When Mantha deflected a Danny Dekeyser shot to make it 5-4 with 11:24 left, the Wells Fargo crowd got uneasy. It got worse when Mantha forced overtime.
The Flyers scored two goals in a span of a little over a minute early in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Konecny made it 2-1 by scoring a power play goal. He took a pass from Ivan Provorov and, using defenseman Niklas Kronwall as a screen, scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Laughton made it 3-1 with 15:58 left in the second period. Wayne Simmonds sent a pass from the right circle to Laughton, whose left circle wrist shot beat Howard for his eighth goal. He had gone 26 games without a goal.
“It felt good," Laughton said about ending his slump. "When you’re getting chances and the pucks aren’t going in, it kind of weighs on you. It’s been a pretty long time since the last one. It feels good to get one, but, more importantly, we’re up and we’re playing good hockey.”
Gostisbehere opened the scoring with 15:26 left in the first period. Patrick calmly held the puck until finding Gostisbehere at the left circle. The Flyers defenseman then sent a wrist shot that beat Howard for his sixth goal of the season. He had gone the previous 17 games without a goal.
“It was good, it was huge especially to get it early,” Gostisbehere said of his goal. “I was feeling good out there.”
Detroit, which entered the contest 27th in the NHL in scoring, averaging 2.76 goals per game, tied it on Gustav Nyquist’s deflection with 5:53 left in the first period.