Flyers are rolling into Boston after massive shootout win over Maple Leafs

Jordan Hall
NBC Sports Philadelphia


The Flyers and Maple Leafs needed 11 rounds in the shootout to decide last Saturday's game.

This time, three rounds were enough and the Flyers came out on the winning end to earn a massive 3-2 victory Saturday night over Toronto at Scotiabank Arena.

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored in the skills competition with highlight-reel tallies.


The Flyers (9-5-2) extended their season-best point streak to five games. They are 7-2-1 with 15 points since Oct. 21. The defending champion Blues are the only NHL team with more points (16) over that stretch.

The Maple Leafs (9-5-4) had a three-game winning streak snapped.

• Big-time win for the Flyers, who played a strong game from start to finish. They were 2-4-1 on the road entering tonight and needed this one. Their confidence should be at a season high heading into Boston.

• Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom have been a treat to watch all season so far.

Off a feed from Konecny, Lindblom scored a James van Riemsdyk-type of power play marker in the first period, giving him eight goals over 16 games. Last season, he had eight goals through 57 games.

Konecny and Lindblom have thrived under head coach Alain Vigneault - give all three of them credit for this start.

"I didn't know much about Oskar before coming here, but what I've found is a real smart, two-way player, hard-working young man," Vigneault said on Oct. 26. "He's got a good hockey sense to play that 200-foot game and he's got a real good skill level.

"We've got him playing 5-on-5 on Coots' line, which has been our most consistent, he's playing penalty killing with Coots, and he's playing the power play. He's become a real important player on our team."


• After looking like the Flyers' best player in Thursday night's 3-2 OT win over the Canadiens, Philippe Myers kept it up Saturday night.

The defenseman opened the scoring for the second straight game with a first-period goal. Joel Farabee, 19 years old, started the rush and Myers, 22 years old, finished it.

Myers had one goal and two points in 21 games last season. He has already topped those totals through five games this season with two goals and three points.

We're seeing why general manager Chuck Fletcher was "bullish" on Myers this summer. He has been impressive in all areas.


• The Flyers' penalty kill went 3 for 3.

The PK had allowed 18 goals through 16 games last season. This season, the Flyers have allowed only seven power play goals in 16 games.

Assistant coach Mike Yeo has been key in those efforts. So, too, have the additions of Kevin Hayes, Matt Niskanen, Tyler Pitlick and Justin Braun.

• Brian Elliott gave the Flyers a great chance to win a tough road game. He was strong in overtime and finished with 38 saves.

• Shayne Gostisbehere has quietly looked better and better on the power play. Ivan Provorov has had a rough few games handling the puck on the first unit. Maybe the Flyers make a switch Sunday, moving Gostisbehere back to the No. 1 power play.

• Farabee had an assist and Saturday night marked his 10th game with the Flyers, which is notable.

• Andy Andreoff played well in his Flyers debut. He was noticeable and active on the fourth line, which was one of the Flyers' best Saturday night. His weekend is off to a good start and it will have a say in how long he sticks with the Flyers.

• The Flyers are right back at it Sunday when they visit Boston to play the Bruins (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP), who are 11-3-2 and 7-0-1 at home.

This season, the Flyers are 0-2-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets.

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