Doan, Coyotes Outlast Flyers, 3-2, In OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Phoenix captain Shane Doan scored an overtime power-play goal to lift the streaking Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, their eighth straight victory.
Doan slapped a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky at 2:41 of an overtime that was forced when Claude Giroux tied the game with 1:13 left in regulation.
Doan was playing in his 1,098th game with the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise, tying him with Teppo Numminen for first on the all-time list. Barring injury, he’ll break the club mark on Wednesday.
Taylor Pyatt put Phoenix up 2-1 with 9:30 left in the third, with a shot that somehow eluded Bobrovsky. He took the puck down the left side and fired from just in front of the blue line. Bobrovsky appeared to have the puck lined up, but it took a bad hop off his skate and flipped over his leg.
The Flyers lost for just the third time in nine games and fell to 16-6 since New Year’s Day. They still lead Tampa Bay by eight points in the race for the East’s No. 1 seed.
At 2:44 of the third, Eric Belanger beat Bobrovsky in front of the net, taking a perfect pass from Mikkel Boedker, who had put a move on Kimmo Timonen down the right side. Belanger scored his second goal in three games to tie it at 1-1.
Ville Leino opened the scoring with a first-period goal for the Flyers, who lost for only the second time when leading after two periods. He skated across the center of the ice as Matt Carle fired from the top of the left faceoff circle. Reaching across his body with his stick, he deflected the puck off Sami Lepisto’s skate and by goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
Giroux went top shelf late in the third to force the overtime, roofing his own rebound in front of Bryzgalov.
The home game was Kris Versteeg’s first since being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Valentine’s Day. Flyers fans, of course, remember the right wing celebrating on the Wells Fargo Center ice after his Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last June.
The Blackhawks dealt him to Toronto over the summer, and the Leafs sent him to Philadelphia last week for a first- and a third-round draft pick.
Playing on a line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk, as he adjusts to coach Peter Laviolette’s system, the 24-year-old has one goal — an empty netter against the Rangers — and one assist in five games with the Flyers.
Philadelphia played without defenseman Sean O’Donnell, who could miss up two weeks with a left knee injury suffered on Sunday against the Rangers, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
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