Minnesota center Charlie Coyle scores on a rebound in the third period of the Flyers' 2-0 loss to the Wild on Monday night. (AP)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- They had their chances in the third period on two power plays that could have seen the Flyers erase a 2-0 deficit.
Jakub Voracek took a pass from Wayne Simmonds in the right slot, and for what must have seemed like an eternity to Voracek, the net was empty.
“It’s got to go in,” Voracek said, sounding frustrated after the Flyers eventually fell, 2-0 (see Instant Replay). “It’s a big play from Simmer. The first power play was pretty good. [Claude Giroux] hit the post. But there is no reason for me not to score from there.”
Out of nowhere, Wild goalie Josh Harding made an incredible save.
Score a goal there, it’s a one-goal affair and the Wild are feeling some pressure with plenty of time left in the game.
Also, the Flyers' success rate on the power play away from home is much better -- 22.5 percent -- than their overall power-play success (15.2 percent), which tends to build confidence -- if you score.
The Wild scored twice in less than a minute early in the third period to put it away.
Jason Pominville broke the scoreless tie by putting home an incredible behind-the-back blind pass from Mikko Koivu before Charlie Coyle scored off a rebound seconds later to make it 2-0.
Voracek sat at his locker awhile after the game contemplating that chance on Harding.
Did he think he had it?
“Well, with me, you never know,” he quipped. “This year, so many chances. I’ve hit a couple posts, couple saves.”
It’s been a bizarre season for Voracek. He had a team-high 22 goals last season and 46 points in just 48 games.
“Last year, everything went under the bar,” Voracek said. “This year? I think I am thinking too much when I get that chance and see the puck there, laying.
“OK, well it’s got to go in and then something happens. If I score there, it could be a different game.”
Indeed, although the Flyers had 21 shots on Harding with a handful generated in the final 10 minutes of the game, the really good ones of the night came on the power play.
Giroux has hit at least six posts or crossbars this season.
“Our first power play we had a couple chances and I hit a post,” he said. “I’m not sure what happened with Jake there. He had a pretty good chance. When we have chances we need to bury them.”
Goalie Ray Emery deserved better.
“We tried to move our feet and draw penalties,” Emery said. “[The Wild] play good defensively and play within the rules for the most part. We didn’t get much of an opportunity on the power plays.”
Just enough that it could have made a difference if the Flyers had scored.