Comeback Power: Giroux Pots OT Winner, Jagr Nets Two

Comeback Power: Giroux Pots OT Winner, Jagr Nets Two

When a team concedes two unanswered goals in the first period, the likelihood they'll win isn't particularly good. When they let up a third straight in the second period, leaving the ice with a W is a considerable longshot. Thanks to three powerplay goals, including one in overtime, the Flyers did just that on Saturday night, coming all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime. Jaromir Jagr's groin seems to be in working order, as the 39-year-old scored a pair of goals and assisted on another. Claude Giroux sniped the overtime winner, putting an absolute laser over Jonas Hiller's shoulder.

Notes and video highlights below. Gotta see this Giroux goal...

The Flyers were badly outplayed in the first period, perhaps rusty after not seeing game action in almost a full week. They allowed a weak opening goal on a long outlet pass up the middle that saw Andrew Cogliano charge in on goal and push a one-handed shot past Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryz hesitated to make his move and went for the poke-check a moment too late.

Two minutes later, the ageless Teemu Selanne scored his ninth of the season. The first Ducks goal came on the power play, but the second sure looked like it did. Matt Beleskey had time to play with the puck behind the net, then pass to Saku Koivu, who nutmegged Braydon Coburn with a pass to Selanne for the Finnish finish. Koivu was also the quarterback on the long pass that sprung the first Ducks goal, taking advantage of a Flyers change.

Andrew Gordon was credited with the Ducks' third goal after he, Ben Maxwell, and Maxime Macenauer overpowered a blue-line pairing of Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall. Maxwell's shot from the left circle was stopped by Bryzgalov, but a big rebound rattled around the skates of Gordon and Bourdon before finding its way over the goal line.

Jagr would finally get the Flyers on the board in the second period, deflecting a Kimmo Timonen point shot on the power play to beat Hiller (who has my current favorite goalie mask in the NHL). The Czech scored his second of the night on a two-man advantage, playing catch with Kimmo before blasting a one-timer past Hiller.

Play that back and listen to the crowd go absolutely nuts. Love hearing that in a barn 2,700 miles away. Well done, west coast Flyers fans, including our friends Jason R and Dave H.

Notes:
Jagr now has three two-goal games this season. Absolute baller. He took 16 shots, with 10 being on net, and had his stick cocked and ready if Briere had passed to his right instead of to Giroux on his left for the winner. Carchidi says that Jags felt like he was going to puke out there though, not quite in game shape after the injury layoff.

What the hell's going on with the bum starts lately? Flyers PR says the team has trailed after one in five of their last six games, outscored 11-2 in the frame over that stretch.

It might be a bit early for new coach Bruce Boudreau to light into his team or his captain, but they lost tonight because they took nine penalties, some of which were flagrant and unable to be overlooked by the refs. Getzlaf took a tripping penalty in OT, then doubled down in complaining and drew an additional two minutes.

Selanne was pretty pissed when interviewed in the dressing room after the game, wanting a simple 10-minute misconduct rather than a pair of minors to Getzlaf.

Both goalies had gorgeous glove saves in the first period. Sam Carchidi thinks we see Bryz again tomorrow.

Giroux's two points put him just one behind Toronto's Phil Kessel, with a game in hand.

Full Highlights:Up Next:
The Flyers head to Phoenix to face the Coyotes at 8PM tomorrow.

Union sign second-round pick, defender Aaron Jones

Union sign second-round pick, defender Aaron Jones

The Union have signed their second-round draft choice, Aaron Jones, from last month’s MLS SuperDraft. 

The 5-foot-9 defender was selected 33rd overall and is the second player the Union have signed from the Jan. 13 draft. Marcus Epps was the first to sign. 

Jones has been practicing with the team in their preseason camp and has impressed the front office. 

“We are pleased to sign Aaron to an official MLS contract,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “Aaron has impressed throughout his time with us in preseason camp, displaying quickness, his ability in passing and on free kicks, and his aggressive one-on-one defending. We look forward to bringing him aboard officially and tracking his development at the right back position over the years to come.”

The 22-year-old originally played at the collegiate level with Georgia State University between 2013-2014. He made 35 starts while scoring three goals with five assists. He transferred to Clemson before the 2015 season and finished his final two seasons with the Tigers. In those two seasons he made 38 starts, scoring four goals, and gathered seven assists. 

Flyers clash with Penguins in cheapest outdoor game this season

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Flyers clash with Penguins in cheapest outdoor game this season

Editor's note: The following is sponsored content written by TicketIQ.

Attending this year’s Stadium Series game won’t come at much of a cost for fans at Heinz Field.

With the Penguins set to host the Flyers in the 68,000-plus seat stadium on Saturday, tickets are the cheapest of all three outdoor games this season. On TicketIQ, CSN Philly’s official ticketing partner, Penguins vs. Flyers Stadium Series tickets now average $202.

Saturday’s game is considerably cheaper than the Centennial Classic and Winter Classic, which were held in Toronto and St. Louis last month, respectively. The Winter Classic between the Blues and Blackhawks averaged a $632 ticket while the Maple Leafs and Red Wings’ Centennial Classic posted a $299 average.

As it stands now, this weekend’s game owns the third lowest average for a Stadium Series game in the last four years, trumped only by a 2016 game between the Wild and Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which owned an overall average of $160. It is the cheapest two-day-out average that any game has posted, however, inching past a 2015 game between the Sharks and Kings ($203) for that title.

Only a 2014 Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium between the Rangers and Islanders owned a lower get-in price ($45) two days out than Saturday’s game at Heinz Field. Penguins vs. Flyers tickets currently start from $67 each in the 500 sections.

The Flyers will play in their first Stadium Series game since the format was created in 2014. It will be their third overall outdoor game after 2010’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park and 2012’s Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

The game comes at a crucial time for the Flyers, who remain on the cusp of a playoff spot in a crowded Eastern Conference. As of Thursday afternoon, they sit just three points removed from the second wild-card spot. Some pushing and shoving will occur over the next two months, however, as several other teams fight for that last playoff berth.

The Penguins play host to their second outdoor game at Heinz Field following 2011’s Winter Classic against the Capitals. It will be the reigning Stanley Cup champions’ fourth outdoor game since 2008. They enter Saturday owners of the second seed in the Metropolitan division behind the league-best Capitals with 82 points in tow.