Two O’Clock number: Three

The Philadelphia Flyers’ win over the Arizona Coyotes last night was a pretty entertaining game. Down 4-2 heading into the third period, the Orange and Black fought their way back to force overtime, where Jakub Voracek willed a game-winning assist to Shayne Gostisbehere. What made it a true #Flyera game, though, was the fact the Flyers were down thanks to a pair of shorthanded goals from the Coyotes…on the same penalty kill. Allowing two shorthanded goals in the same game is uncommon, but two on the same power play is pretty rare. Which leads us to our 2 o’clock number…

Three – The number of times, including last night, where the Flyers have allowed a pair of shorthanded goals against on the same power play. As Bill Meltzer tweeted out earlier today, it was the first time the Flyers won a game where they allowed two shorthanded goals against on the power play.

The most recent time it happened before last night was back on February 18, 2012 in a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Shortly after Pascal Dupuis was sent to the box for tripping, Jordan Staal beat Ilya Bryzgalov to tie the game at two late in the second period. Although Brooks Orpik made it a 5-on-3 advantage for Philly 17 seconds after Staal’s tally, Matt Fucking Cooke scored while the Pens were down two men in the final seconds of Dupuis’ minor.

The first time a team scored two shorthanded goals on the Flyers was back on January 30, 1969, when the Chicago Blackhawks beat Philadelphia 12-0. Stan Mikita and Chico Maki scored 1:01 apart while Dennis Hull sat in the box for holding in the opening minutes of the game. The loss was the first of six times (four in the regular season, two in the postseason) the Flyers have allowed 10 goals against or more in a single game, while the 12-0 final score is the most goals the Flyers have allowed in a single game and their biggest margin of defeat.

Last night was the 20th time the Flyers have allowed two shorthanded goals against in the same game. Here are the other times:

Times allowing 2 shorthanded goals

Date Opponent Goal Scorers Same Penalty Kill? Result
Date Opponent Goal Scorers Same Penalty Kill? Result
November 8, 2018 Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan and Michael Grabner Yes 5-4 Win (OT)
November 27, 2016 Calgary Flames T.J. Brodie and Alex Chiasson No 5-3 Win
February 18, 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke Yes 6-4 Loss
November 14, 2011 Carolina Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer No 5-3 Win
December 15, 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin No 6-1 Loss
December 8, 2005 Edmonton Oilers Ethan Moreau (2) No 3-2 Loss
October 14, 2000 Phoenix Coyotes Mike Sullivan and Juha Ylonen No 6-3 Loss
October 5, 2000 Vancouver Canucks Matt Cooke and Peter Schaefer No 6-3 Win
October 26, 1999 Vancouver Canucks Darby Hendrickson and Peter Schaefer No 5-2 Loss
February 13, 1995 Washington Capitals Peter Bondra and Steve Konowalchuk No 5-3 Win
February 11, 1994 Detroit Red Wings Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, Steve Yzerman No 6-3 Loss
October 13, 1992 Quebec Nordiques Alexei Gusarov and Mats Sundin No 6-3 Loss
February 15, 1992 Edmonton Oilers Vincent Damphousse and Joe Murphy No 8-5 Win
January 21, 1992 Detroit Red Wings Paul Ysebaert and Steve Yzerman No 7-3 Loss
March 3, 1990 Edmonton Oilers Mark Messier (2) No 5-3 Loss
November 22, 1988 Los Angeles Kings Steve Duchesne and Bernie Nicholls No 6-1 Loss
February 7, 1987 New Jersey Devils Kirk Muller and Andy Brickley No 3-2 Loss
March 25, 1978 Minnesota North Stars Per-Olov Brasar and Jerome Engele No 4-3 Win
March 24, 1971 Montreal Canadiens Frank Mahovlich and Leon Rochefort No 5-3 Loss
February 7, 1971 St. Louis Blues Terry Crisp and Christian Bordeleau No 6-2 Loss
January 30, 1969 Chicago Blackhawks Stan Mikita and Chico Maki Yes 12-0 Loss

One of the most noteworthy games from the table above is the Flyers’ 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on February 11, 1994. Markers from Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, and Steve Yzerman made it the first and only time in franchise history Philly allowed three shorthanded goals against in the same game. Across the entire NHL, three or more shorthanded goals by one team in a single game has happened 58 times.

The Vancouver Canucks nearly made this 2 o’clock number four on two different occasions. Nearly a year to the day after Darby Hendrickson and Peter Schaefer scored shorthanded goals 3:08 apart on two different penalty kills in a 5-2 Flyers’ loss on October 26, 1999, Cooke and Schaefer (what do these two have against the Flyers?) scored 2:48 apart on different penalty kills in a 6-3 Flyers’ win to open the 2000-01 season.

Patrick Dwyer, Ethan Moreau, and Mark Messier are the only players to ever score two shorthanded goals in the same game against the Flyers.

*Stats via Hockey-Reference, Flyers History, and NHL.com

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