Brandon Manning, Michael Neuvirth lift short-handed Flyers over Blues

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Hockey

ST. LOUIS -- Most of the defensemen the Flyers used Thursday night spent last season in the AHL, but here they were, trying to contain a St. Louis Blues team that entered the game tied for the most points in the NHL.

Stunningly, the Blues weren't able to take advantage of the Flyers' baby blue line.

In their grittiest effort of the young season, the Flyers overcame a patchwork, inexperienced defense and jolted the Blues, 2-0, at the Scottrade Center.

Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves and collected his first shutout of the season, defenseman Brandon Manning scored the game-winner, and Ivan Provorov anchored the Flyers' oh-so-green defense by playing 26-plus minutes and equaling a team record with 10 blocked shots.

The Blues (10-3-1) were handed their first home loss this season after five straight wins here.

Claude Giroux iced the victory by scoring an empty-net goal with 5.4 seconds left.

The Flyers (7-6-1), who were playing on back-to-back nights and faced a well-rested team, took a 1-0 lead on Manning's controversial goal with 19:22 left in the second period.

The goal was originally waved off because of goaltender interference on Jake Voracek. The Flyers challenged, and the call was reversed after it was reviewed. It was ruled Voracek was pushed into goalie Jake Allen by Blues defenesman Alex Pietrangelo.

"When they said it was no goal, I think they owed me for one from last week," said Manning, referring to a goal he scored in Ottawa that was negated because of goalie interference on Jordan Weal, "so I'm happy this goal counted."

Manning's point drive gave him two goals in the last four games -- after he went goal-less in his previous 53 games. Manning had six shots on the night.


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