Flyers Improve Effort But Lose

In a month that has consisted of injuries, coaching changes and rumors of locker room discontent. The Flyers were able to put together an admirable effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins, taking them all the way to a shootout before finally being defeated 3-2. A much improved effort over their 6-1 debacle on Tuesday night.

The game was a goaltender dual between Brian Boucher and Penguins goalie Marc-Andre-Fleury. Both goalies gave up a goal in the first two periods, and then clamped down in the third period and overtime keeping their team in the game with big saves.

The Flyers went the last eleven minutes of the game without giving up a shot, and really put Fleury to the test. But he would not let the Flyers steal that extra point. They had a great chance with about ten minutes to go in the game when Danny Briere crashed the net and almost put the puck in the net. But Fleury grabbed the puck from the seat of his pants. That save all but forced the game into overtime.

Flyers announcer Jim Jackson pointed out an interesting rule with about a second remaining in overtime. When the Flyers coach Peter Laviotte opted to pull goalie Brian Boucher for an extra attacker, Jackson pointed out that if the Penguins would of scored on the empty net that the Flyers would of lost their overtime point.

The shootout ended rather quickly. Briere and forward Claude Giroux were both denied by Fleury on their attempts. The Penguins scored on both of their shots by Kris Letang and Sydney Crosby, ending the game.

The Flyers play again on Saturday night against the New York Rangers.