I can't lie, I was slightly anxious when St. Louis stormed back to knot everything up in the third, but Philadelphia kept their composure and, for the second straight game, beat a very good team in extras.
The Blues outshot the Flyers 14-8 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal by Faulk.
Voracek's goal spoiled the Blues' comeback bid from two goals down and snapped his 10-game scoreless drought, dating back to December 21. "We had two. I think we handled ourselves pretty well and waited until overtime for the game-winner so that's good".
Pitlick tied the game with their fifth goal of the season with 7:17 remaining in the second period. Brian Elliott received the start from Alain Vigneault, opposing Jordan Binnington on the other end of the rink. Both Elliott and Binnington were able to shut down a couple of risky chances the Blues and Flyers created in the opposing zone, combining for 21 saves in the first period alone, with Elliott stopping a majority of them with 13.
At 12:43, Pitlick scored on a wraparound attempt that bounced in off David Perron. The Flyers have also not had a ton of success when playing against teams from the Western Conference, posting a 6-11-2 record in those outings. It was a set play, with James van Riemsdyk nicely redirecting a setup from Claude Giroux and Konecny getting a slam-dunk at the opposite post at the 26-second mark. Shortly thereafter, the Flyers executed a 5-on-3 penalty kill about as well as can be done.
But the Blues erased that lead to force overtime. As such, a lot of champions come in and start slow or fail to find the form of the previous season. O'Reilly scored by deflecting Brayden Schenn's pass on goal, then banged home his own rebound with 9:25 left.
Steen tied with 6:21 on a backhand after Robert Thomas "pass found him alone in the Flyers" net.
Last season, the Flyers needed eight goalkeepers to get through the season.
Wednesday's OT was much more methodical than the breakneck, frenetic style of the overtime against Boston two nights earlier, where the teams raced end-to-end trading off scoring chances. The Flyers, meanwhile, have struggled on the road, while the Blues have been dominate at home, winning nine straight in St. Louis and 17 overall, which ties the Penguins for most in the National Hockey League.
Montreal will be taking the ice in this game averaging 3.04 GF/G. On the game-tying goal by Steen, the Flyers could have also used help guarding the house in front by center Kevin Hayes; both D engaged elsewhere and the netfront area was left wide open. The momentum swings were palpable.