Wayne Simmonds had the lone shootout goal as the Flyers battled back for a 4-3 win over the Coyotes Tuesday night.
Philly has now won two straight shootout contests after starting the season 0-5.
Arizona opened a 2-0 lead scoring two goals on their first four shots chasing Flyers’ starter Ray Emery.
Connor Murphy and Martin Erat scored in a 2:17 span of the first period forcing Craig Berube to make a goaltending change.
Steve Mason made 22 saves in relief of Emery to improve to 9-12-6 on the season.
Simonds got the Flyers on the board near the midway mark of the first period and R.J. Umberger tied it 2-2 in the second.
Michael Del Zotto scored his fourth of the season at 18:59 of the middle frame briefly giving Philly a 3-2 lead.
However, 23 seconds later, Tobias Rieder tied it 3-3.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan had to assists in the loss.
Mike Smith made 39 saves.
Arizona doubled up Philadelphia 4-2 on Dec. 29 in the only other meeting between the two clubs this season.
Bryan Little scored in the third round of the shootout and Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Sunday night.
The win extends the Jets streak to four games. Winnipeg has also won five of six and took two of three meetings with Arizona this season.
Arizona has now lost five straight.
Sunday concluded a stretch of seven games in 11 days for the Jets. They’ll have a much-needed day off on Monday.
Little opened the scoring in the first period with his team-leading 18th of the season. Michael Frolik and Dustin Byfuglien had the other goals for the Jets, who tied their Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks with 58 points.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Lauri Korpikoski and Tobias Rieder scored for the Coyotes.
Sunday marked the return of captain Shane Doan to the Arizona lineup. Doan missed two games because of a lower-body injury. He finished with two assists and a plus-1 rating in nearly 22 minutes of ice time.
Arizona could be without the services of forward Mikkel Boedker when they continue a season-high eight-game road trip Tuesday in Chicago.
Mike Smith made 27 saves in the loss.
The Arizona Coyotes are experiencing leadership problems this season — just ask them.
Or, read the following quotes from AZCentral:
“Our inconsistency has probably been the most glaring weakness and that pretty much falls directly on us leaders in the room.” — Shane Doan
“I think the leadership has obviously got to step up — that’s the guys we count on every night and that’s the guys we need to step up right now because it’s a bad situation.” — Martin Hanzal
“(The veterans) have to do their job. They can’t just be a nice guy off the ice. They have to actually do the job and be respected on the ice.” — Dave Tippett
It’s clear something’s been wrong in Arizona through the first half of the season (and you could replace “something” with “lots of things.”) Mike Smith has been a nightmare in goal, the players have seemingly abandoned Tippett’s defensive approach and GM Don Maloney’s already played his shake-it-up card when, in the hours following an ugly loss to L.A. in December, he waived Kyle Chipchura, traded Rob Klinkhammer and sent David Schlemko to the minors.
But those were all peripheral moves that affected fringe guys, not core ones. With these recent quotes about leadership issues and underachieving veterans, you have to wonder what’s next.
Antoine Vermette, as we’ve documented thoroughly, could be on the move. Keith Yandle has been on the block for ages and could be again as we draw closer to the March trade deadline, and the Coyotes went out of their way to address Doan rumors via Twitter last week (which many saw as a “you doth protest too much” moment.)
Other veterans could be on the block as well. Martin Erat, David Moss and Zbynek Michalek are all on the wrong side of 30 and UFAs at season’s end; next year, Doan and Yandle are up. With Arizona sitting 13th in the Western Conference and primed to miss the playoffs for a third straight year, the question has to be asked: Is now the time to break up the core?