Flyers rally for victory in Giroux’s 1,000th game


Led by a goal at the end of the third, the Leaflets Need to take a break. They thought they had the tying goal with just under seven minutes left, but he was called off on a high stick. With 4:15 to play in the third, they bounced back Kevin Hayes who produced the equalizing goal. With 1:19 to go, Hayes set up the eventual winner of the match.

Joel Farabee scored on Hayes’ excellent feed to secure a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center on a night the team honored Claude Giroux for his 1,000th game.

The Flyers wasted no time getting on the board in this one. After a fight of Zack McEwen with Michael McCarron energized the crowd, Travis Sanheim opened the scoring just 44 seconds later at 7:44. It was the fifth of the season for Sanheim.

The Flyers had two power-play chances in the period following the goal, but failed to score. They finished the period with a 17-11 shooting lead.

The Predators tied the game after just 23 seconds in the second period. On a turnover, Tanner Jeannot put the puck in the slot and fired a shot high above Carter Hart to make it a 1-1 game.

Just 59 seconds later, the Flyers were on the power play and recovered the goal. Cam York got the puck in the slot and buried a rebound to make it 2-1 with his second goal of the season at 1:22.

Less than three minutes later, the Flyers extended the lead. Of a stampede in front, James van Riemsdyk managed to find a loose puck and score to make it 3-1.

The Predators recovered one of the goals less than two minutes later. Phil Myers took a shot that hit MacEwen’s shin guard and changed direction, beating Hart under the arm to make it 3-2.

With 3:55 left in the period, the Predators were on a four-minute power play and took advantage. Ryan Johansen scored from the lunge to even things out at three.

In two periods, the Flyers shot 28-19.

It didn’t take long for Nashville to step onto the board in third. Just 1:11 into the period, Romain Josi got space and fed behind the net before settling Philippe Forsberg in front of the fold. Forsberg went between the legs to score his 32nd goal of the season, making it 4-3 at Nashville.

With 6:32 to play, Derick Brassard scored to tie the game, managing to find a loose puck behind Juuse Saros and bring it home. However, after a challenge, the goal was recalled for a high stick by Cam Atkinsonnow the match at 4-3.

But the Flyers tied the game as Rasmus Ristolainen went coast-to-coast with the puck and centered on Hayes to make it 4-4 with 4:15 to go.

Then with 1:19 to go, Hayes took the puck from Sanheim and centered a wide-open Farabee for the easy-grab goal to make it 5-4.

Hart made 29 saves on 33 shots in the win. Saros made 29 saves on 34 shots in the loss.

Sanheim, Hayes and Farabee each finished with a goal and an assist in the win. Josi had three assists in the loss.

Giroux posted a minus-1 differential with two penalty minutes, two shots, three hits, one blocked shot and 17:47 of ice time.

The Flyers play the Ottawa Senators Friday night at 7 p.m.

The score of the box

1 2 3 J
predators 0 3 1 4
Leaflets 1 2 2 5

Scoring Summary

1st Period

  • PHI Travis Sanheim (5) (Unassisted) 7:44

2nd period

  • NSH Tanner Jeannot (20) (Colton Sissons) 0:23
  • PHI Cam York (2) PP (Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee) 1:22
  • PHI James van Riemsdyk (14) (Cam Atkinson, Derick Brassard) 3:48
  • NSH Phil Myers (1) (Roman Josi, Nick Cousins) 5:16
  • NSH Ryan Johansen (16) PP (Mikael Granlund, Josi) 16:05

3rd period

  • NSH Filip Forsberg (32) (Josi, Matt Duchene) 1:11
  • PHI Kevin Hayes (5) (Rasmus Ristolainen) 15:45
  • PHI Farabee (12) (Hayes, Sanheim) 18:41

Game statistics

predators Leaflets
Blows 34 33
Power Rooms 1/4 1/4
Shots 38 32
Face-off % 52.1% 47.9%
Gifts 6 5
Take away food 3 4
Blocked shots 8 20
Sadness Minutes 15 15

Kevin Durso is the Flyers Insider for 97.3 ESPN and the Flyers Editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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