December 9 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“When Claude Giroux notched his 100th career point and Jeff Carter collected his 300th on the same second-period goal, it looked like a night of symmetry for the Flyers.
Instead, it turned into a night of horror.
After coughing up a 4-1 lead in the third period, the Flyers lost in a shoot-out to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4, before a stunned crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.
“It stings a lot, but it’s something I think is easily correctable – stay out of the penalty box. It’s easy to do,” captain Mike Richards said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot every game.”
San Jose tied the score at 4 on Joe Pavelski’s power-play goal with 8 minutes, 32 seconds left in regulation. It was scored two seconds after a Danny Briere tripping penalty.
“We have to win those games,” said winger Ville Leino, who had a goal and an assist. “We have to have more urgency and play smarter. We weren’t ready to win that game.”
The Flyers nearly won it in overtime when Richards’ shot appeared to deflect off a San Jose player and through the legs of goalie Antero Niittymaki at the final buzzer.
Replays showed the puck crossed the goal line a fraction of a second after time had expired and the goal was wiped out. The teams headed into the shoot-out, as San Jose got goals from Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe.
Briere and Giroux failed to connect for the Flyers, who are 1-3 in shoot-outs this season and 17-30 all-time.
San Jose deposited three goals in a 3:55 span of the third period to tie the score at 4, including a rebound tally by rookie sensation Couture with 9:09 left.
“We had full control of the game. We were dominating every aspect up until [the latter stages],” said defenseman Chris Pronger, whose team has not beaten San Jose in the last 12 games dating back to 2000. “We started to play a little river hockey and they have players who can put the puck in the net.””
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