Wayne Simmonds ended things quickly in overtime.
Simmonds scored 44 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
“I don’t think we were heavily outplayed or anything,” Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. “It’s a matter of getting those chances in the net.”
Kind of as Wayne Simmonds did for Philadelphia during the first three games of its road trip. Simmonds tallied a hat trick Wednesday night in a 5-3, season-opening win at San Jose, then potted the game-winner Saturday night in overtime for a 3-2 victory over Anaheim.
The Flyers (2-1-0) have been at their best in the third period of all three games. They outshot the Ducks 15-4 in the final period Saturday night, with only the play of goalie John Gibson ushering Anaheim into OT. Philadelphia also enjoyed big advantages in shots on goal in the games against the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings.
“We’ve rolled four lines,” Simmonds said. “With all the guys that we have on this team that can skate and with the skill we have added, I think that helps us keep fresh for the third period.”
Brian Elliott, who has won both of his starts for Philadelphia, is expected to oppose Pekka Rinne in net. Rinne lost the Predators’ opener in Boston, allowing four goals.
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