Welcome back, Danny Briere.
The Philadelphia Flyers overtook the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime en route to their fifth win. Philadelphia survived a late Carolina rally to send the game to overtime. Forward Danny Briere scored another heroic goal to win the game in overtime.
A mere 17 seconds in, the Hurricanes struck first. Jiri Tlusty scored on a slick 24ft snapshot, and the Flyers found themselves behind. The game went back and forth throughout the period, with both teams enjoying dominant spells. Brayden Schenn eventually tipped in a Flyers slap shot, and Philadelphia had tied the game at one.
The Flyers would take the lead 90 ticks into the second period. Mike Knuble forced a defensive turnover by Eric Staal, and subsequently the puck fell straight to Matt Read. Read turned sharply, then finished with a comfortable snapshot.
Halfway through the stanza, Jeff Skinner snatched the goal back. He scored on a 32ft snapshot, open thanks to good tape-to-tape passing by Carolina. However, the Flyers answered 15 seconds later with a smooth dime from Brayden Schenn. Schenn found a cutting Jak Voracek, and hit him in stride just in front of the Carolina net. Voracek deflected the puck past Cam Ward to regain the lead.
The third period see-sawed throughout, as the Flyers gripped a one-goal lead. However, Joe Corvo beat Philly with a 32ft snapshot off a deflection. A Hurricane slapshot was partially blocked, and the puck fell to Corvo for the finish. The game entered overtime, with the stakes raised. Tension filtered through the Wells Fargo Center.
It did not last long.
After 1:47 had passed, Danny Briere skated into the Carolina zone, puck at his stick. His backhand fake moved the defensemen out slightly. This allowed him to turn inside and score on Cam Ward, ending the contest.
The Flyers improved to 5-6-1, and will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday, 7 PM at the Air Canada Centre.