It looked like the momentum might have shifted but 15 seconds after Skinners goal, Brayden Schenn fed Jakub Voracek on a beautiful pass and Voracek netted his second goal in as many games to put the Flyers back up 3-2. The Flyers went to the locker room with a 3-2 lead. The Flyers entered the game having been outscored 12-5 in the third. The Hurricanes got shot after shot on Bryzgalov and the chances kept mounting until, with 12:02 remaining, a shot hit Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster up high and it went over Bryzgalov and into the net. The goal was credited to Joe Corvo. W ith 3:13 remaining in overtime, Danny Briere carried the puck into the Hurricanes zone when he cut to the middle of the ice, lost control of the puck for just a second, then ripped a shot that hit off the right post. It was the third time the Flyers hit that post today but this time the puck hit the post, then off of Ward, and into the net to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory.
Tonight the Flyers are playing the Maple Leafs, a team in which they have had a ton of success against recently. They are 12-3 in their last 15 games against Toronto. All-time the Flyers are 88-50-22-2 against the Maple Leafs and 37-28-14-2 in 81 games in Toronto. Last season the Flyers flexed their muscles as they only allowed six goals in four meetings while going 4-0 in those meetings. Tonight marks the return of Maple Leafs No. 5 overall pick in 2008, Luke Schenn , to Toronto after he was traded to Philadelphia for van Riemsdyk. Schenn appeared in 310 games for the Leafs while scoring 14 goals and 61 assists over that time. The Flyers will likely rely on Briere tonight as he has had success against Toronto in his career. In 40 careers games, Briere has 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points against the Maple Leafs.
Between the Pipes: Ilya Bryzgalov (5-5-1, 2.27 GAA, .921 SV%). The Flyers are riding the hot hand tonight as Bryzgalov will play in his 12th game of the season and seventh straight. He is coming off of a 30 save performance in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina. Peter Laviolette might be playing the odds tonight by putting Bryzgalov in tonight. In six career games against Toronto, he is 5-0-0 with a 1.21 GAA and a .956 SV% with a shutout.
The Maple Leafs enter tonight’s game in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 14 points. JVR plays against the team that drafted him with the second overall selection in 2007. He played 196 games with the Flyers registering 47 goals and 52 assists. A player to keep an eye on is Clarke MacArthur leads all current Maple Leafs with 12 points (10 assists) in 17 games against the Flyers. Expect a physical game tonight. The Flyers have put enforcer Jody Shelley in the lineup which makes sense as the Maple Leafs are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the NHL lead with 14 fighting majors. Toronto also leads the NHL in hits with 328. For what it’s worth, the Maple Leafs are 0-2-0 on Mondays this season.
Between the Pipes: James Reimer. Reimer is coming off one of his best performances of his career. He pitched a 6-0 shutout against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday. Prior to Saturday’s win, Reimer had 23 saves on 25 shots in a 3-2 win over the Jets on Thursday. In three career games against the Flyers, James Reimer is 1-2-0 with a 3.05 GAA and a .912 SV%.
Puck drop is slated for 7:00 pm at the Air Canada Centre. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 93.3 WMMR.
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