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  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) celebrates their winning goal by right winger Wayne Simmonds, not shown, in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks and goalie John Gibson in an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Flyers won in overtime, 3-2. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) sends Anaheim Ducks center Dennis Rasmussen (22) airborne in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) misses getting his glove on a goal by Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Coutourier, left rear, as Ducks center Derek Grant (38) watches in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

  • Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott (37) guards the goal as Anaheim Ducks left winger Andrew Cogliano (7) presses in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Sunday, October 08, 2017 3:02 am

Wayne Simmonds scores in OT, Flyers beat Ducks 3-2

By JEN NEALE Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) 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.

The puck ricocheted off Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano skate and directly to the open Simmonds. He quickly gained control and snapped a shot past goalie John Gibson for the Flyers' second victory in three games.

"It's tough playing out west, there's a lot of big bodies," Simmonds said.

"For us we just wanted to use our speed and keep skating and skating and skating. We came away with two points so we accomplished our goal."

Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov beat Gibson stick-side to give the Flyers the early lead. Assisting on the goal and earning his first NHL point was Nolan Patrick, the second-overall pick this summer.

For the second game in a row, the Ducks allowed their opponents to score first.

"I'd like to see us come out and put teams on their heels instead of vice versa. We haven't in the first couple of games, but the season is still young. I expect us to improve," said defenseman Cam Fowler.

Minutes later, Ondrej Kase's cross-crease pass connected with Antoine Vermette for the one-timer, beating Brian Elliott, and tying the game.

The second period was lackluster for both teams.

The Ducks did not record a shot on goal for nearly 14 minutes.

The Flyers were equally unremarkable until late in the period when Jakub Voracek wrestled his way toward the Anaheim crease with Ducks draped all over him. The Philadelphia forward sent a beautiful backhand pass to Sean Couturier. All alone in front of Gibson, Couturier slammed home the puck to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission.

The Ducks were forced to kill their fifth penalty when Vermette was taken off for slashing. Smooth-skating Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler picked off a puck at the blue line and skated in on a breakaway, sending the puck past Elliott to once again tie it.

The Ducks may have tied the game, but Philadelphia dominated the third period - outshooting Anaheim 15-4. Simmonds attributed it to the Flyers dedication to rolling four lines. Elliott gave credit to the speed of the skaters in front of him. Head coach Dave Hakstol applauded his team's preparation and readiness to face a depleted Ducks roster full of players stepping up to fill the void.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was short in his assessment of the game.

"We'll take the point and move on. It wasn't one we could say we played very well in as a whole. We had some spurts, but we didn't really have consistency going."

NOTES: Ducks F Nick Ritchie is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and Ryan Getzlaf missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Ritchie and Getzlaf join Hampus Lindholm, Ryan Miller, Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen, and Patrick Eaves already on the sideline to start the year. ... Undrafted free-agent signing F Giovanni Fiore made his NHL debut for the Ducks . Antoine Vermette's goal was his 500 NHL point.

UP NEXT

Flyers: At Nashville on Tuesday night.

Ducks: Host Calgary on Monday night.

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