By Annie Ross
Sean Couturier scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Lately, it seems like every time I shoot the puck it seems to find the back of the net,” said Couturier, who has 11 goals in his past 12 games. “That’s what I’m trying to do, keep shooting the puck every time I can get it off, get it on net and try to get a goal, and things are going my way.”
Nolan Patrick and Wayne Simmonds scored in the third period for the Flyers (21-16-8), and Michal Neuvirth made 29 saves.
It was the Flyers’ fourth straight home win and fifth in six games. The Flyers had a four-game winning streak end with a 5-1 loss at the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
Connor Brown and Frederik Gauthier scored for the Maple Leafs (25-17-5), and Frederik Andersen made 34 saves. It was Toronto’s fourth straight loss (0-1-3), all by one goal.
The Maple Leafs led 2-0 entering the third period, but the Flyers scored twice early in the period to tie the game. Toronto was 15-1-1 when leading entering the third, and Philly was 1-12-2 when trailing.
“It’s huge for us,” Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “Coming off a loss like that (against the Rangers), going down 2-0 (against the Maple Leafs), it was huge for our team to get back and have a huge third period and finish it off in overtime.”
Patrick stripped the puck from forward Mitchell Marner to the left of the Toronto net and beat Andersen to the far side at 1:33 to make it 2-1. It ended a 24-game goal drought for Patrick.
“Slumping for a while there,” Patrick said. “I tried to forget how many games in a row and just play. Thought I’ve been playing good hockey lately.”
Couturier said it was good to see Patrick get the goal that started the comeback.
“It was huge, especially early in the third,” he said. “Gave us some wings, gave us a chance to get back in the game. Especially coming from him. Kind of got that monkey off his back. Nice to see him contribute … especially lately, he’s been working pretty hard, playing well. It’s nice to see him rewarded like that.”
Simmonds finished a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush with Valtteri Filppula to tie it 2-2 at 3:25.
Brown made it 1-0 after Gostisbehere failed to hold the puck in the Maple Leafs zone. Brown broke in alone on Neuvirth and scored between the goaltender’s legs at 12:57 of the second.
Gauthier’s first of the season gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead.Jake Gardiner got the puck on left side of the Flyers zone and threw it into traffic in front of the net. The puck popped in the air, and Gauthier found it and scored at 13:25.