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Highlight of the Year: Quarterfinal #2

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


Moving right along in the bracket, this mid-week vote will determine who will face off against Shayne Gostisbehere’s OT winner in Toronto in the semifinal round of the 2015-16 Highlight of the Year tournament.

Playing mostly a stay-at-home defenseman role in his first season with the Flyers, Radko Gudas posted a career-night, recording four-points with two goals and two assists in a bounce-back win over the Blue Jackets, while the other highlight showcases a display of athleticism and composure from Gostisbhere, capped off by a game-winning goal in an exciting overtime by captain Claude Giroux in late March.

HIGHLIGHT #1: MAR. 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

After suffering a 4-0 set back at the hands of the Oilers two nights earlier, the Flyers faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who won both meetings of the year and five straight against Philadelphia.

The Flyers scored early and often, never giving Columbus a chance, as defenseman Radko Gudas factored into the first three goals of the night and tallied the final goal to give the Flyers a 6-0 rout over the Blue Jackets. Gudas had previously recorded five points in total on the season and became the first Flyers defenseman to post four-points in a game in nearly three years.

HIGHLIGHT #2: MAR. 28 vs. Winnipeg Jets

After a scoreless first period, the Flyers took control of the game with two goals in five minutes to jump out a 2-0 lead. The Jets quickly got one back and followed that up with another goal in the third period to force overtime and possibly steal a much need point from the Flyers.

As overtime wound down and a shootout seemed inevitable, captain Claude Giroux led one last rush with the Flyers rookie d-man. His pass in between the circles of the offensive zone deflected in the air and the play seemed broken until Ghost lept up with Jets’ center Mark Scheifele, batted the puck down with his hand, quickly shoveled it with his stick to Giroux sitting all alone in front and beat Jets’ netminder, Ondrej Pavelec.

The result was also a very important two points against a Western Conference team in late March to help the Flyers maintain pace in the wild card race.

Watch each highlight and keeping voting for which clip you want to advance. Voting ends at 12 p.m. ET on Friday with the results following shortly after.

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