Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)


They went into the weekend six points out of the wild card and then lost more ground to Toronto, which moved the Flyers seven points out of the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot with a win Saturday night.

By weekend's end, the Flyers were five points out after Sunday night's pulsating 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn scored the game-winner.

Jordan Staal's power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie in the third period but Travis Konecny forced OT with a late goal just after a power play expired.

This was Carolina's fifth game in seven days and the 'Canes looked tired at the outset, as the Flyers built a 2-0 lead only to see Carolina come storming back.

The Flyers had a 15-4 shot advantage in the first period but none of them truly stood out. Not much going on.
Big steal
Sean Couturier's forced turnover on Staal set up Ivan Provorov's goal in the first period for a 1-0 Flyer lead. Couturier had three assists on the night.
Notable goals
Jeff Skinner scored his 13th in 25 games against the Flyers for Carolina's first goal of the night.
Goalie report
Steve Mason did not have a lot of work in this game. Probably not much he could do on Elias Lindholm's one-timer that made it, 2-2. Cam Ward was bombarded.
Power play
The Flyers had a 5-on-3 for 38 seconds in the third period and couldn't get a good shot on Cam Ward. They were 0 for 3 with two shots.
Penalty kill
Matt Read called for goalie interference? Doesn't get close enough to the net most games for that to happen. The Flyers had three clears on the 'Canes second period power play. But they gave up a killer goal to Staal. That's eight goals against on their last 22 kills.

Forwards Michael Raffl (left knee), Nick Cousins (upper body) and Roman Lyubimov (healthy); defenseman Brandon Manning (right shoulder).
Up next
The Flyers will have team photo day Monday at the Wells Fargo Center and practice there before heading to Winnipeg to begin their last long road trip of the season -- four games.

Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier know Flyers by now, ready for anything at NHL draft

Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier know Flyers by now, ready for anything at NHL draft

CHICAGO — Nico Hischier was nervous, swaying a bit as he spoke to the media, admitting he had some jitters as this NHL draft approaches on Friday.

About 60 feet away, Nolan Patrick leaned on a stick and said not only was he not nervous, he also really couldn't care less whether he's picked first overall Friday by New Jersey or second by the Flyers because his goal is just to get into the NHL.

"Doesn't matter to me," Patrick said Thursday. "A lot of guys will tell you what you want to hear. That they don't care, but deep down, they do.

"I don't care. It's not going to change my chances in the NHL if I go No. 1 or 4. I'm gonna take it. Where I go is not gonna help me any more. At the end of the day, I've got to work hard."

That said, Hischier is poised to become the highest-drafted Swiss player ever and if he went first overall …

"I would make history and that would make me proud," Hischier beamed. "Really happy, for sure."

Both players participated in Thursday's ball-hockey clinic in a parking lot just across the street from United Center where one of them will go to the Devils and one to the Flyers on Friday night.

"Yeah, I little bit nervous," Hischier admitted. "It's not up to me. I just have to enjoy it."

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall took both players out to dinner separately in Buffalo, New York, earlier this month at the NHL Scouting Combine to try and get a peek behind their personalities (see story).

"We talked about Philadelphia, talked about the club, the goals, what's important for them," Hischier said. "It was good dinner and went well."

Patrick, who is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, said he was impressed with the steakhouse and said what he liked best about the meal was getting into arguments with fellow Manitoban, Hextall, who is from Brandon.

"He's a really nice guy," Patrick said. "It was a fancy steakhouse. I'll take those dinners any day. He knows what he is doing in Philly. If I were lucky enough to go there, I'd be happy.

"I know all about him. He's a Brandon Wheat King. Us Manitobans always going at each other. We got into a few arguments about some of his guys. Manitoba is the best place in the world."

Right now, for a couple hundred hockey players, Chicago is the best place in the world because this is the NHL draft and what happens Friday and Saturday will impact their lives forever.

Which is why Hischier brought his older brother, Luca, here. He plays for Bern in Switzerland where Hischier also was before transferring to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to play for Halifax this past season.

"My idol is my brother," Nico said. "He is playing pro in Bern. We have a good relationship. I'm happy he is here because I can ask him everything, on and off the ice."

Both players have some Flyers familiarity.

Hischier skated with Mark Streit last summer but hasn't talked to him since.

"Last summer, I skated with Streit, [Roman] Josi, [Shea] Weber and those guys," Hischier said. "It was fun."

Patrick played with Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov two years ago in Brandon.

"Talked to Provy two weeks ago," Patrick said. "I was talking to Brayden Schenn the last couple days. Provy works out 10 hours a day."

A few weeks from now, one of these guys will be at the Flyers' developmental camp working out in Skate Zone.

"It's not up to me," Hischier said. "I don't focus on expectations, I don't focus on teams. Everything can happen.

"I'm going to be open for everything and happy, for sure. If it's No. 2 or 3, I'm gonna be happy anyway."

Flyers begin 2017-18 season out West, face Vegas for 1st time in February

Flyers begin 2017-18 season out West, face Vegas for 1st time in February

For the second straight year, the Flyers are beginning the season out West.

The NHL on Thursday released its 2017-18 schedule and as reported Wednesday, the Flyers open the season in San Jose on Oct. 4 as part of a four-game road trip that includes games in Los Angeles, Anaheim and concludes in Nashville on Oct. 10.

They'll return home on Oct. 14 for their home opener against the Washington Capitals that kickstarts a five-game homestand (see story). The Flyers will host the Islanders on Black Friday.

Flyers fans will have to wait a while for their first taste of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Flyers will face the Golden Knights for the first time on Feb. 11 in Vegas.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and the Golden Knights come to Philadelphia on March 12

The Flyers will end the season at home against the New York Rangers.

You can see the Flyers' full schedule here (and buy tickets here).