Found March 22, 2012 on
The Hockey Guys:
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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
As the final seconds ticked away in overtime, a collective groan echoed throughout the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The fans knew what was on the horizon. The dreaded shootout.
Hockey purists take issue with the shootout due to its gimmicky, skills-competition nature. But in Philadelphia, the antipathy from the fanbase is mostly due to the struggles of the beloved Flyers in the breakaway contest.
Entering tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Flyers were a miserable 22-40 in games decided by shootout since its implementation after the lockout, and 3-6 on the season.
Two goals by Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds, however, and their season record in the shootout moved to a more respectable 4-6.
The turnaround actually began in late January.
After dropping their third straight shootout of the season on January 22nd against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers faced yet another scoreless overtime two days later...
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Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored shootout goals to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Claude Giroux scored his 27th goal for the Flyers, and Alex Ovechkin had his 33rd for the Capitals.
Read scored on the first shot of the shootout against Braden Holtby, and Matt Hendricks beat Ilya Bryzgalov on Washington's first attempt...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored shootout goals to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Claude Giroux scored his 27th goal for the Flyers, and Alex Ovechkin had his 33rd for the Capitals. Read scored on the first shot of the shootout against Braden Holtby, and Matt Hendricks beat Ilya Bryzgalov on Washington’s...
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The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens each have been picking up points of late, but only one team is headed to the postseason.
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Earlier this month in the nation's capital, Washington's Alex Ovechkin repeatedly shot the puck at Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, but his Russian compatriot stopped every one of them. The two-time league MVP was slumping at that time, but has regained his scoring touch.
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Danny Briere scored twice and rookie Matt Read added a goal and an
assist as Philadelphia topped Montreal 4-1 on Saturday to become the third Eastern
Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.
Kimmo Timonen also tallied, fellow defenseman Matt Carle recorded two
assists and Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves for the Flyers, who improved
to 3-1-0 on their five-game homestand.