|Date of game: 12/3/2014
Recap: Anaheim vs. Philadelphia
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks prolonged the Philadelphia Flyers' woes with a 5-4 win on Wednesday night.
The Flyers blew a 3-1 lead but tied it on Wayne Simmonds' second goal with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
Both teams came close to ending the game in an entertaining five-minute overtime during which the Flyers owned an 8-4 shot advantage.
Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon both had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have won two straight and five of their last seven games. Frederik Andersen made 31 saves before stopping two of Philadelphia's three shooters in the tiebreaker.
Steve Mason registered 29 saves for Philadelphia, which has lost six in a row and nine straight on the road. The Flyers also suffered their ninth consecutive shootout loss.
"I liked the way our team is competing," said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. "The work ethic is there but we have to be smarter."
Maroon gave Anaheim a 4-3 lead on a power play with 5:02 remaining in the third period. The goal snapped an 0-for-19 drought for the Ducks with the man advantage.
Simmonds buried his own rebound after Andersen turned away shots from Andrew MacDonald and Scott Laughton to force overtime. It was a reversal of fortune for the Flyers, who gave up the tiebreaking goal with 11.5 seconds to play in Tuesday's 2-1 loss at San Jose.
The teams followed up a dull first period with a goal-happy middle stanza.
Five goals were scored in a span of 5:29.
Michael Raffl staked Philadelphia to a 1-0 lead at 5:46. He broke up a pass in the defensive zone, triggering a counter rush that he capped with a one-timer off a feed from Claude Giroux.
With the teams skating 4-on-4, Cam Fowler drew Anaheim even when stepped into Silfverberg's drop pass and beat Mason on the blocker side from the top of the left circle at 8:14.
Simmonds responded 32 seconds later, then R.J. Umberger scored a power-play goal to make it 3-1 at 10:47.
Getzlaf beat Mason high on the glove side with a wrist shot on a 3-on-1 rush 28 seconds later.
"We weren't happy with the 3-1 deficit, but we thought we were in it," said Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "It was a good thing Getzlaf scored quickly after they made it 3-1 so we didn't get a chance to get down any further."
Sami Vatanen tied it up when he stuffed in a backhander at the right post with 53.2 seconds remaining in the second period.Game Notes
With goaltender Jason LaBarbera expected to miss two to three weeks with a
broken bone in his hand, the Ducks signed veteran Ilya Bryzgalov to a
professional tryout on Wednesday ... Anaheim also announced that defenseman
Eric Brewer will be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken bone in his
foot ... Anaheim has won four straight and seven of the last eight meetings.