The Flyers prevailed, 4-3, in overtime against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in a hard-fought thriller on Wednesday night.
Binnington had won both his previous matchups with the Flyers, putting up a 1.50 goals-against average and.944 save percentage. "Obviously they were down one and came out with some jump in the second and I didn't think we matched it as well as we have in the past, especially during this homestand. It was a back and forth hockey game". Speaking of the power play, the Blues have scored at least one power play goal in 10 of their last 13 games, going 13 for 34 on the power play since December 16. The team that goes all the way and wins it plays a whole lot more games than most and does not get the benefit of resting over an extended period in the offseason. The result was a gaping passing lane for Alex Steen to feed an open Justin Faulk for the game's first goal at 14:24 of the first period. Binnington has won his past three starts, including a 5-2 victory versus the New York Rangers this past Saturday in his last outing.
David Perron tied up Laughton on the back-check, but the puck bounced off the Blues winger into the net.
"It's just a different vibe, a different feeling in the locker room", Raffl said.
Konecny made it 3-1 with a power-play goal 26 seconds into the third period. Konecny capitalized on a slick no-look pass by James van Riemsdyk. They had six power plays.
It's hard to work a double-netfront presence on a power play better than the Flyers did on Konecny's early third period goal that temporarily put the Flyers ahead 1-1.
The defense pairing of Travis Sanheim and Phil Myers had some good shifts in the game, making nice good plays up ice and coming up with shot blocks as well as tremendous neutral zone hip check by Myers. "We had two. I think we handled ourselves pretty well and waited until overtime for the game-winner so that's good".
NOTES: The Blues activated D Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) from the injured reserve and placed D Colton Parayko (upper body) on the injured reserve, retroactive to January 2.
Lyon was recalled under emergency conditions for Wednesday night's game with Joel Farabee being sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Chris Stewart being placed on waivers. Later, the Flyers would have to kill off two additional penalties; a bad stick-slashing call against Nicolas Aube-Kubel and a had-to-call too many men penalty.