The dreaded shootout. Some teams such as the St. Louis Blues have perfected the art with players like T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes. Other teams have struggled mightily like the New Jersey Devils who are 0-11 in shootouts this season.
The Philadelphia Flyers entered Tuesday night coming off of a tough 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. With Ray Emery in net, the Flyers were looking to avoid a shootout against the St. Louis Blues.
The Flyers got opportunities early on as Jakub Voracek found Scott Hartnell in the slot less than 20 seconds into the game and Hartnell ripped a one-timer but Blues goaltender Ryan Miller was up to the task. Moments after Hartnell’s scoring chance, Claude Giroux broke in on a 2-on-0 with Michael Raffl. Giroux lured Miller to his left before passing the puck to Raffl for a wrist shot but Miller went post-to-post to make another spectacular save.
The Flyers and Blues would continue to get opportunities but the defense for each team really stymied the other. After regulation ended scoreless and each team earned a point, the Flyers put the pressure on St. Louis. Philadelphia fired four shots at Miller but, once again, the goaltender had a response for the Flyers and the game was sent to a shootout.
Oshie went first for the Blues and beat Emery on a gorgeous backhand shot. Miller stopped the shootout attempts of Vincent Lecavalier and Giroux which set up defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk who beat Emery to win the game for the Blues.
It marked the first time since March 10th, 2012 against the Maple Leafs that the Flyers entered a shootout scoreless. It was the first time since February 7th, 2012 the Flyers entered a shootout scoreless and failed to beat the goaltender even in the shootout.
The Flyers return to action tomorrow night at the Wells Fargo Center against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are trying to make a run in the Metropolitan Division.