Highlights: Flyers stay hot on the road, down Coyotes 5-3
Jay Rosehill fights Paul Bissonnette in the Flyers' 5-3 win over the Coyotes. (AP)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Down two goals? No problem for the Flyers, lately.
For the second time in two weeks, the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit to forge a victory. This time, they upended the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.
The victory saw Craig Berube’s club finish its nine-day, five-game western road swing with a 4-1 record. The victory also moved the Flyers ahead of Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 46 points. The Flyers have more wins (21) than the Caps (20).
Wayne Simmonds’ team-leading 14th goal on the power play early in the third period tied the game at 3-3. He got a nice rebound from Jakub Voracek at the post.
Simmonds had four goals during this road trip.
Voracek then scored the go-ahead goal at 11:52, stripping Keith Yandle of the puck on the breakout and ripping a shot from the lower right circle past goalie Mike Smith for his 10th goal.
You had to go back to the second period to find the turning point as the Flyers trailed, 3-1, with about five minutes to go.
The Flyers got a critical power play on which Voracek made three fine pass/shots at the net for redirects that missed clicking by inches.
That power play seemed to boost the Flyers. Then at 17:15, Vinny Lecavalier gave Brayden Schenn a no-look, behind-the-back pass from behind the net that Schenn jammed past Smith to make it a one-goal game going into the third period.
The Flyers needed a goal to get back in it and they got it from Schenn, who finished the road trip with a goal in three of the final four games.
Simmonds hooked Rob Klinkhammer in the first period and it was essential because he had the puck and an empty net with Mason out of position. Otherwise, it’s a Coyotes goal.
Got it back
Klinkhammer got his missed opportunity back in the second period and didn’t miss on Antoine Vermette’s feed into the slot from behind the Flyers' net. Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann was late in coverage, allowing Klinkhammer an open shot and 1-0 lead.
Coyotes scored twice in the opening 2:54 of the second period for a 2-0 lead. Again, the Flyers' defense was in another area code on Lauri Korpikoski’s rebound in the slot.
Berube called his timeout after Korpikoski’s goal. On the ensuing shift, Streit rushed the puck with a nifty pass to Scott Hartnell in the left circle. Hartnell went to one knee to bury the shot, making it 2-1 at 3:11 -- just 17 seconds after the timeout. Hartnell has 28 career goals against Phoenix.
He had a superb stretch pass that split Braydon Coburn and Grossmann in the second period and it ended up as a Mikkel Boedker breakaway goal on Mason, making it 3-1 at 6:47.
Sean Couturier and Adam Hall teamed up for a shorthanded chance on the Coyotes' first power play of the game. Couturier’s backhand was off-balance and Smith made a pad stop.
As in passing. The Flyers did too much of it on their first power play and Kimmo Timonen had two turnovers, as well. Smith was never challenged.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan returned to the Phoenix lineup after missing 12 games with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. He has dogs but they could not find any tick bites on Doan.
Brayden Schenn has 10 goals -- three in his last four games.
Best scoring chance
Giroux had the puck at the right post midway into the second period and could not lift it over Smith’s pad.
Tough night for Mason. Far too many rebounds went into open areas of the slot or directly onto a Coyote stick.
Jay Rosehill won his second-period scrap with Paul Bissonnette. Fight went two rounds. Rosehill is 3-0-2 this year.
Forwards Michel Raffl (concussion) and Matt Read (upper body); defenseman Hal Gill was a healthy scratch.
Giroux had an open-net goal at the end.