Milan Hejduk, Matt Duchene, and Ryan O'Reilly all scored in the shootout, and Matt Read rang his shootout attempt off the crossbar to become the only shooter that failed to score, as the Colorado Avalanche took the extra point from the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2 at Pepsi Center Monday night.
After Hejduk, Danny Briere, Duchene, James van Riemsdyk, and O'Reilly each scored in their respective shootout attempts, Read skated in on Avs' starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere and beat him cleanly with a wrist shot, but the puck caught the iron of the crossbar, and Colorado garnered the victory.
Colorado improved their impressive record in the game-deciding skills competition to 12-1 in their last 13 decisions, and won their sixth straight home game in the process. The Flyers dropped to 19-36 all-time in shootouts.
The night started off well for the visitors, as a power-play goal gave the Flyers a lead late in the first period. With Colorado rookie Gabriel Landeskog in the penalty box with a double minor for high-sticking Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell was the recipient of a perfect pass from Jakub Voracek. It was Hartnell's 16th goal of the season, and held up until the latter stages of the second.
Landeskog would make up for his costly trip to the sin bin, making a great move to beat Ilya Bryzgalov on the backhand after taking a pass from Shane O'Brien for his sixth goal of the season at the 12:26 mark in tying it at 1-1.
The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead late in the middle frame, when Brad Malone, playing in his first NHL game, centered a pass from behind the Philadelphia net that caromed off of a pair of player's skates, the last being teammate T.J. Galiardi, and past Bryzgalov for his fifth goal of the year with just 44 seconds remaining in the second.
Philadelphia tied the game late in regulation with Bryzgalov pulled for an extra attacker to at least salvage a point. Briere gathered the puck behind the Avs' net and wrapped the puck around, and although it appeared the shot went in cleanly with 18.1 seconds remaining in regulation, the goal was credited to Wayne Simmonds, who was also at the side of the net. It was Simmonds' 10th of the season, becoming the fifth Flyers' skater to hit the double digit mark.
Giguere made 31 saves and improved his record to 6-4-0, including a home home mark of 4-1-0.
Bryzgalov stopped 25 Colorado shots, but dropped his second consecutive decision (0-1-1) after a six-game winning streak.
The loss was costly for the Flyers. Coupled with a Bruins victory, Boston took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Colorado moved to within four points of the eighth and final playoff position in the West.