Calgary Flames 3 at Philadelphia Flyers 2 (OT)
Thanks to a late tying goal from Matthew Tkachuk and then an overtime winner by T.J. Brodie, the Flames managed to sneak out of Philly with two points in a game where they were fairly underwhelming.
Philadelphia opened the scored in the first period on the powerplay after an attempted cross ice pass from Jordan Weal glanced off the skate of Brodie and right into the net.
Calgary would tie it in the second period during some 4-on-4 play with Johnny Gaudreau hammering home a one-timer off a pass from Sean Monahan. Gaudreau would celebrate the goal in front of family and friends, and the Flames would be equal at 1-1.
In the third period Philadelphia would take the lead off a wonky goal. David Rittich would race out to play the puck as the Flyers entered the zone, but his attempted pass up the boards would be intercepted by Travis Konecny. Konecny would then wait and slide the puck through Rittich’s five hole as he slid back across to protect his net, 2-1 Philly.
Just when it looked like things were lost, Matthew Tkachuk would tie the game off a give-and-go play with Sam Bennett. Tkachuk’s one timer in the slot beat Carter Hart and gave Tkachuk goal #19 on the year to send the game to overtime.
Tkachuk would then force a turnover in overtime and race up the ice late in a shift. T.J. Brodie would join the rush and Tkachuk would find him on the 2-on-1 and Brodie would beat Hart to give the Flames the victory.
2nd: 8:51 - Gaudreau (24) from Monahan and Hanifin
3rd: 15:43 - Tkachuk (19) from Bennett and Hanifin
OT: 1:59 - Brodie (5) from Tkachuk
1st: 12:10 - Sanheim (4) from Weal and Provorov (PP)
3rd: Konecny (10)
- The Flames top powerplay unit looked rather discombobulated tonight as they struggled to even enter the Flyers zone and were often pinned back. Will have to shore that up
- Noah Hanifin picked up a pair of assists for seven points in his last six games
- David Rittich looked very good despite his mistake on the second goal, didn’t have a chance on the first goal after the deflection off Brodie.
- Matthew Tkachuk tied his career high in points with two tonight (49 on the year)
Flame of the Game
Matthew Tkachuk (F): Tkachuk was the key driver in the victory tonight as he tied the game late in the third period then worked to set up Brodie’s overtime winner.
Flames head to Chicago on Monday