The Flyers were equally unremarkable until late in the period when Jakub Voracek wrestled his way toward the Anaheim crease with Ducks draped all over him. The Philadelphia forward sent a beautiful backhand pass to Sean Couturier. All alone in front of Gibson, Couturier slammed home the puck to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission.
The Ducks were forced to kill their fifth penalty when Vermette was taken off for slashing. Smooth-skating Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler picked off a puck at the blue line and skated in on a breakaway, sending the puck past Elliott to once again tie it.
The Ducks may have tied the game, but Philadelphia dominated the third period — outshooting Anaheim 15-4. Simmonds attributed it to the Flyers dedication to rolling four lines. Elliott gave credit to the speed of the skaters in front of him. Head coach Dave Hakstol applauded his team’s preparation and readiness to face a depleted Ducks roster full of players stepping up to fill the void.
After last year’s 76-61 Pitt win — the highest scoring game in FBS history — the teams slugged it out in a defensive first half which ended in a 10-10 tie. Pitt didn’t get its initial US Cheap Jerseys first down — on a Syracuse penalty — until the last play of the first quarter.
“You try not to harp on last year too much,” DiNucci said. “But what we were Wholesale Jerseys NFL saying going into this game was the last three times we’ve been here it’s been real close, so we knew it was going to be a dogfight again from the start.”