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Ducks Fall 3-2 In OT

Photo: Reed Saxon, AP

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks entered tonight’s game with a 1-0-0 record after their come from behind win on opening night against Arizona. The Philadelphia Flyers came into town 1-1-0 beating San Jose and losing to Los Angeles. John Gibson started again in net for Anaheim and Brian Elliott went for Philadelphia. Ducks would be without Nick Ritchie who had a lower-body injury. Giovanni Fiore made his NHL debut.

First Period

Just over six minutes into the game, Antoine Vermette was called for roughing against Claude Giroux. As the penalty expired Ivan Provorov ripped a slap shot past Gibson to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Vermette would tie the game on a beautiful┬ápass from Ondrej Kase. Vermette was sitting on the side of the net and was able to one time the pass into the back of the net. The goal was Vermette’s 500th career point. The teams went to the locker room 1-1 after the first 20 minutes. Shots were 15-13 in favor of the Flyers.

Second Period

The second period was played much tighter than the first as there were only 12 shots total on net between both teams. The only goal was scored in the period by Sean Couturier to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Each team had one power play chance and neither converted with the man advantage.

Third Period

The Flyers got an early power play in the period, but Cam Fowler would make them pay short-handed as he blasted a shot above Elliott’s glove side to tie the game. After that goal, it was all Flyers as they outshot Anaheim 15-4 in the period. Gibson made a huge save in the final moments of the period to force overtime.

Overtime

The overtime didn’t last long as Wayne Simmonds scored just 44 seconds into the extra session to win it for Philadelphia 3-2.

Analysis:

The Ducks got down early in this contest but were able to score quickly to tie the game. Anaheim got down a second time and again were able to answer. For a majority of the third period, the Flyers carried the play and tried to end the game in regulation. Strong play by Gibson kept the game tied at the end of regulation. In overtime, a costly turnover resulted in the Flyers walking away with the win.

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October 7th, 2017


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