October 10 flyers.nhl.com:
The Flyers and Blues combined to take 25 penalties with edge going to St. Louis, who received 10 of the penalties and received over 14 minutes of time on the power play.
Still in a much different game than their season opener in Pittsburgh, the Flyers fought off nine of the Blues’ 10 power plays and over came a third period deficit to force overtime and claim a point in the standings.
“I think there were too much of specialty teams to get into that type of flow where you’re rolling your lines over and everything was chopped up,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “I thought we played our best as the game went on. The deeper the game went, the more we took control of it.”
The Flyers got off to a slow start for the second consecutive game, taking four penalties in the opening period, including going down, what would have been a full 1:33 of 3-on-5 barring Brad Boyes goal to give the Blues a 1-0 lead after the first.
“No, I look at the penalties that were called against us – they were penalties. They were good calls,” said Briere on whether he thought the penalties disrupted any rhythm of the team’s offense.
“The refs made the calls that should have been made. I think it’s up to us to do a better job of not putting ourselves in the position so we have to take the blame for that. What’s frustrating is if the same calls are not called the other way.”
The Flyers added another six penalties in the second period, albeit four from Scott Hartnell who received 19 minutes in penalties including five for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct towards the end of the period for instigating a tilt with Blues’ forward Brad Winchester.
However chopped up the game was in terms of their power-play or penalty kill units, the Flyers called upon once more for some of their third period magic to force overtime.
Briere tallied his second goal in as many nights after finding a rebound in the slot and firing it top shelf past Halak. At least for the first two games of the year, the Briere-Hartnell-Leino line seems to be continuing their scoring touch.
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