The second period was a little different. The momentum the Flyers had built in the first period had tilted in favor of the Avalanche. With the exception of a Marc-Andre Bourdon penalty in the first five minutes, the Flyers and Aves played a back and forth second period until the Aves got on the board. With seven and a half minutes remaining, Shane O’Brien found Landeskog who made a nice move on Ilya Bryzgalov in the crease to tie the game. The goal was concerning because it involved a lackluster back checking performance by Flyers center Danny Briere. With forty three seconds remaining in the second period, Brad Malone sent a pass that went off Flyers rookie Tom Sestito’s skate then off of Avalanche forward T..J. Galiardi’s skate and beat Bryzgalov five hole. A fluky goal that was surprising the pass even made it on net. The Flyers trailed 2-1 heading into the third.
Starting out slowly, the third period was one of many shifts in momentum. The Flyers controlled the zone for the first few shifts, followed by the Avs getting the puck deep in the Flyers zone and grinding a little with their lead. In the second half of the third, the Avs took a 2 minute minor, when Jakub Voracek turned his back to the ice and backed into an Avs player, drawing a interference penalty. However, the Flyers looked very unorganized on the power play and were having a difficult time even pushing the puck into the offensive zone, They were able to set up and run their offense twice, but both possessions ended with no shots. Still down one goal, Bryzgalov left the ice with around 50 seconds left. The Flyers offense was pushing and finally go the puck in deep behind Jean-Sebastian Giguere. The puck came around to the left side of the net, where Giggy thought he had it in his sights and was trying to cover it up to get a faceoff. However, the puck was poked behind the net where it was scooped up by Danny Briere. Briere brought the puck around to the right side of the net, the referee jumping over his stick, and stuffed the puck into the net on a wrap around goal to tie the game at 2 with 18.1 seconds left. (The goal was credited to Wayne Simmonds, however, replay showed that Briere scored the goal.) After the goal, both teams received roughing penalties, which made the start of OT three on three hockey.
The OT period started with the Flyers 3 man line dominating possession. The Flyers were able to put a few shots on Giggy, but to no avail. The remaining 3 minutes of the overtime period was a back and forth with both teams getting a few good chances, but nothing came of them.
Going into the shootout, the Avs had won 16 of their last 17. Jean-Sebastian Giguere owned a save percentage of 75% in shootouts, while Bryz was in his 1st shootout of the year, and as a Flyer. Milan Hejduk was first for the Avs, he took the puck right in on Bryz. Hejduk went glove side, Bryz read it but just missed, and the puck trickled into the net. 1-0 Colorado. First for the Flyers, Danny Briere. Danny stick handled in close on Gigggy, used patience and went backhand low, squeezing the 3 inch diameter puck into about 4 inches of space. 1-1. Twenty year old Matt Duchene was next for Colorado. Duchene faked a shot, got Bryz to bite, then went five-hole. 2-1 Colorado. Flyers then sent in James van Riemsdyk, who had never been in a shoot out in his short NHL career. JVR went straight on Giggy, faked forehand and went top shelf with a backhand to knot up the shootout. 2-2. Colorado sent in Ryan O'Reilly, who went at Bryzgalov with speed and buried a wrister top shelf. 3-2. Flyers again sent in a player who had never been in a shootout, rookie Matt Read. Read skated in went top shelf, beat Giggy, but hit the cross bar, no goal. Colorado wins the shootout 3-2.
Althought the Flyers walk out of Colorado with a loss, the fight they showed att he end was good enough to get them a point. Also, their five game road win streak comes to an End. Next game for the orange and black is Wednesday, 7:30 at Dallas Stars. Also, don't forget to tune into HBO Wednesday at 10pm to see "24/7 Flyers Ranger" Episode 2.