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Highlight of the Year: Quarterfinal 3

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

A new week brings a new series of voting for the 2015 Highlight of the Year Tournament. Its time to find out which highlight will complete the top portion of the semifinal bracket, and this week’s vote involves two highlights from the same game - a thrilling comeback victory at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg over the Jets in overtime.

HIGHLIGHT #1: Jakub Voracek was coming off a four-point night in the Flyers 7-4 win in Toronto less than 24-hours earlier when he entered the arena in Winnipeg. His hot streak was about to continue.

Already notching a goal in the contest, Voracek rode the comeback wave and scored 10 seconds into overtime on a perfectly executed dump and chase play. Claude Giroux entered the zone and knocked defenseman Dustin Byfuglien off the puck behind the goal line.

Charging after it was Voracek, who swung around and beat his country-man, Ondrej Pavelec on a wrap-around to give the Flyers their second win in as many nights.

HIGHLIGHT #2: At 33 years-old, Rob Zepp already held a piece of NHL history when the puck dropped for his NHL debut in Winnipeg on Dec. 21. But he wasn’t just satisfied with the start.

After falling into a 3-1 hole, the second period was winding down and the Flyers needed a big save from their netminder to help make a third-period comeback possible - and they got it.

With just 25 seconds left in the period, the Jets came down the ice on a 3-on-2, and quick passing made it a 2-on-1 with the puck on forward Mark Scheifele’s stick. Cutting to his backhand and staring into a seemingly open net, Scheifele was denied by a kick from the skate of Zepp.

Zepp stopped 25 of 28 shots in total to earn the victory and became the oldest goaltender to win his NHL debut in 88 years, when Hugh Lehman earned a win at age 41 in 1926.


Watch both highlights below and vote for the one you want to advance to the semifinals…

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