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POSTGAME 5: Flying Ghost

Gostisbehere the overtime hero in 2-1 win over Stars for sixth straight victory

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Shayne Gostisbehere tallied both goals, including the game-winner in overtime to lift the Flyers to their sixth straight victory in a 2-1 decision over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The game opened with Dallas getting on the board in the first 10 minutes as rookie Gemel Smith scored to give the Stars a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room at first intermission. Gostisbehere added the equalizer on the power play in the second period after he capitalized on a rebound from the point, diving in the air to get the shot off and beat Ben Bishop.

After a scoreless third period, the Flyers and Stars traded chances in the overtime, but eventually Jake Voracek fed the puck to Gostisbehere, who fired a shot at the point that beat Bishop, who stopped 28 shots in the loss.

Goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 27 of 28 shots and has now backstopped the Flyers to all six of the wins during the streak, allowing two goals or less in each of the games. 

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5 THINGS: Stars vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Stars face off 7PM tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (13-11-7: 33pts) vs. Dallas Stars (18-14-1: 37pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 1-1-0

All-Time Record: 33gp (12-12-9)

Leading Scorers: 
PHI: 38-PTS, Voracek (7g-31a)
DAL: 29-PTS, Benn (13g-16a), Seguin (14g-15a)

 

TONIGHT'S SPECIAL: Don't miss out on the Flyers Holiday Light Spectacular! A new, holiday-themed light show to start off tonight's game vs. Dallas. More details HERE.

 

1. STREAKING TO SIX?

The Flyers are riding a five-game winning streak entering tonight's game... During the streak, the Flyers have outscored their opponent, 19-8, but have actually been outshot by the opposition, 146-150... Compared to the 10-game skid, the Flyers are operating at 25 percent on the power play (4-for-16) compared to 13.3 percent (4-for-30), while the penalty kill is at 87.5 percent (7-for-8) in the last five as opposed to 71.8 percent (28-of-39) during the skid... Michael Raffl remains the only Flyers who has recorded a point in each of the five games - he has six points (3g-3a) to go along with a +7 rating... Goaltender Brian Elliott has started each game of the Flyers streak, posting a 1.60 GAA and .947 save percentage.

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POSTGAME 5: High Five

Flyers edge Sabres, 2-1, for fifth straight win

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Travis Sanheim potted his first NHL goal and Valtteri Filppula scored the game-winner near the end of the second period as the Flyers edged the Sabres, 2-1, to extend their winning streak to five games.

The Sabres got on the board early after they capitalized on a broken play down low between Brian Elliott and the defense. Zemgus Girgensons stole the puck and found Ryan O'Reilly, who one-timed it into the empty net. The Flyers, however, struck back less than three minutes later with Sanheim's first to send the teams into the locker all square.

After skating for nearly 18 minutes of scoreless hockey in the second frame, Filppula finished a pretty passing play from Michael Raffl and Jakub Voracek to give the Flyers the one-goal lead heading into the third.Video: BUF@PHI: Filppula bangs one-timer into the top corner

The Flyers held the Sabres scoreless the rest of the way with just seven shots in the third period, and 20 in total, as Elliott made 19 saves. Sabres starter Robin Lehner stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss.

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5 THINGS: Sabres vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Sabres face off 7PM tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (12-11-7: 31pts) vs. Buffalo Sabres (8-17-6: 22pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 2-1-0

All-Time Record: 173gp (86-60-27)

Leading Scorers: 
PHI: 37-PTS, Voracek (7g-30a)
BUF: 28-PTS, Kane (14g-14a)

1. STRIVE FOR FIVE

The Flyers currently own a four-game winning streak having outscored their opponent, 17-7, in the process and have not allowed more than two goals in each game... They will be looking for five straight wins for the first time since their 10-game win streak last season and five straight in regulation for the first time since 2010 when they won six straight from Oct. 26-Nov. 11... Only two Flyers have recorded points in each of the four games of the streak with Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl recording five points each (3g-2a), however Jake Voracek leads the team with seven points, all assists, during the streak.

 

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Practice Update: The battle against Buffalo

News, Notes & Storylines to come out of Wednesday's practice

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

How quickly things can change in hockey: 10 days ago, the Flyers were on an 0-5-5 winless streak and in dire need of something to give themselves a lift after back-to-back rough losses at home. Now the team is riding a four-game winning streak - with all four wins coming in regulation, for the first such streak since Feb. 1-8, 2008. 

The team is a loose and confident bunch, coming off a 4-2 win against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that had been winning even when superstar center Auston Matthews was unavailable. The Flyers put forth what most players said was one of their best 60-minute efforts of the season and were finally rewarded for outplaying Toronto with a three-goal outburst in the third period. 

Now, as the team prepares for the second match of a five-game homestand, new challenges loom. Still four points out of the lower wildcard (with a tiebreaker disadvantage) if the season ended today, the Flyers can ill-afford to relax. This theme was heavily emphasized during Wednesday's brief but high-tempo practice at the Skate Zone.

 

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Philadelphia Flyers to Introduce New Holiday Light Show

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia, PA (December 13, 2017) - The Philadelphia Flyers will introduce the "Holiday Light Spectacular, presented by the Rothman Institute at Jefferson," a new, holiday-themed light show prior to their home game on Saturday vs. the Dallas Stars at the Wells Fargo Center. The light show will begin at 7 p.m. and light-up bracelets will be distributed to all fans to wear that are programmed to match the sights, sounds and colors of accompanying video projected on the ice and around the building. The three-part show, the first of its kind in a NHL arena, is set to a compilation of popular holiday songs, and feature reindeer, elves, Santa, animated Flyers players, and much more.

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POSTGAME 5: Four Score!

Flyers earn fourth straight win with third period comeback over Leafs, 4-2

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers earned their first third-period comeback, scoring three times in the final frame, to double up the visiting Maple Leafs, 4-2, in the first of their five-game homestand on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

After Claude Giroux got the Flyers on the board off a quick shot from a face-off win by Sean Couturier, the Leafs answered with two straight goals to grab a 2-1 lead entering the third period.

Travis Konecny knotted things up after a great play and lengthy shift in the Leafs zone (see tonight's turning point below). Couturier then took a highlight-reel pass from Claude Giroux and snapped a quick release top shelf on Frederik Anderson with 2:55 left in the third period to give the Flyers the victory.Video: TOR@PHI: Couturier goes top shelf for go-ahead goal

Scott Laughton added an empty-netter to seal the win... Brian Elliott stopped 20 of 22 shots, while Andersen made 36 saves in a losing effort. 

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5 THINGS: Leafs vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Leafs face off 7PM tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (11-11-7: 29pts) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-10-1: 41pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 120gp (73-34-13)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 37-PTS, Voracek (7g-30a)

TOR: 26-PTS, Matthews (13g-13a)

 

1. FOUR FOR US?

The Flyers are riding a three-game winning streak entering tonight's game after sweeping Western Canada in regulation and outscoring their opponents by a 13 to 5 margin... They are looking for their first four-game win streak since the end of last season (Mar. 26-Apr. 1) and first four-game win streak in regulation since the 2013-14 season (Feb. 1-8, 2014)... The Flyers now open up a five-game homestand and are looking for their first win on home ice since Nov. 9 (3-1 vs. Chicago) and play seven games in the 12 days before the holiday break.

 

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Meltzer: Raffl on a Roll

Forward taking advantage of every opportunity in recent hot streak

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Over the course of his five seasons with the Flyers, Michael Raffl has been one of the National Hockey League's more underrated plug-and-play forwards. 

Put Raffl on an energy line and he will contribute productive shifts on the forecheck and applying back pressure. 

Deploy him on the penalty kill and he will be among the team's best forwards at taking advantage of clearing opportunities. Send him out to protect a lead and he will willingly put himself in harm's way to block shots, albeit sometimes at a cost (Raffl's had a few shot block-related injuries in his career). Furthermore, he creates power play chances for his own team by keeping his legs moving and outworking opposing players. 

Video: Gostisbehere, Elliott and Simmonds on playing at home

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Elliott Named NHL's Third Star of the Week

NHL honors Flyers goaltender after stellar week

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The National Hockey League announced today that Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott has been named the Third Star of the Week.

Elliott recorded a perfect 3-0-0 mark as the team faced a tough, Western Canadian road trip that saw them play three games in four nights. He posted a .954 save percentage and 1.66 goals-against average on the week after stopping 103 out of 108 shots, including 28 saves on 29 shots he saw in third periods.

"It's great to be recognized, but whenever you get those recognitions as a goalie it shows how the group has been playing, especially this last week," said Elliott. "It's my name up there, but definitely the Philadelphia Flyers whole team deserves that."

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