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Flyers fall behind 3-0, bear down for OT win
PITTSBURGH — Once upon a time, there was the story of the goalie and two bears that had a fairy-tale ending for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jakub Voracek scored at 2:23 of overtime to give the Flyers a comefrom-behind 4-3 win Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The rally presumably disappointed the two Pittsburgh fans sitting in the first row who came dressed as giant bears to mock a joking comment Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made earlier in the week.
Asked what he feared about the Penguins, he had told news reporters, “I’m not afraid of anything, (except) the bear in the forest.”
As the Penguins were building a 3-0 lead on goals by Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis, some Pittsburgh fans, at one point, started chanting, “We love bears. We love bears.”
“I saw a few bears in the stands, but they didn’t come out the woods or the forest, so we were OK,” said Flyers forward Danny Briere, who had two goals in the comeback.
Bryzgalov made 25 saves to end his personal five-game postseason losing streak. As Bryzgalov was doing his news conference, teammate Jaromir Jagr walked by and blurted out, “Bears.”
Owning a 3-0 lead, the Penguins had a power play early in the second period that could have buried the Flyers. But Philadelphia killed it off. Flyers players said that was a turning point.
“They had some dangerous players out there, and I thought our goaltender really made some brilliant saves, not only on the power play but five-on-five,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said.
In the regular season, the Flyers rallied from at least two goals behind 10 times to earn at least a point.
“It has happened all year for us,” Briere said. “We never quit.”