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POSTGAME 5: A Golden Night

Raffl, Lindblom, Elliott have big games to lead Flyers over Vegas, 6-2

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers ended a four-game winless skid in convincing fashion on Monday night as they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, 6-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Travis Konecny scored on the power play in the first period, while Kevin Hayes, Michael Raffl, Matt Niskanen and Oskar Lindblom extended the lead to 5-0 with second-period goals. Raffl added his second of the game on a breakaway.

In addition to the goal scorers, 12 players in total (Gostisbehere, Laughton, Voracek, Provorov, Vorobyev, Couturier, Sanheim and Stewart) also got onto the scoresheet with assists, while Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith scored for Vegas in the third period to snap Brian Elliott's shutout bid.

Elliott was strong in goal, earning the win by stopping 33 of 35 shots. Oscar Dansk allowed six goals on 37 shots for Vegas.

Three Stars:
1st: Michael Raffl (2g-1a)
2nd: Oskar Lindblom (1g-1a)
3rd: Matt Niskanen (1g, 5 shots)

TURNING POINT
The Flyers dominated the first period but had only a skinny 1-0 lead to show for it. Nineteen seconds after Elliott made a save on Paul Stastny, the Flyers outworked Vegas at the other end and Hayes scored a somewhat leaky goal for Dansk to allow from the side of the net. Now leading 2-0, the Flyers poured it on the rest of the period to build an insurmountable lead.Video: VGK@PHI: Hayes slides home a backhand from down low

MELTZER'S TAKE
* The Flyers dominated most of the first period in terms of puck possession, shots (15 shots and 24 attempts to 7 shots and 8 attempts), quality of chances, faceoffs (10-for-17), and even hits (9 to 5). Elliott had to come up with a pair of tough saves in the opening 20, but most of the play belonged to Philly. The Golden Knights were surprisingly sloppy and sluggish; downright fortunate to go off to intermission trailing only by one goal.

* The Flyers haven't been having much puck luck lately but got some here. Shayne Gostisbehere generated a strong entry on the sequence that ended in the Flyers taking an early 1-0 lead. Oskar Lindblom's cross-ice pass went off a Vegas defender and right to Konecny. There was no luck involved in Konecny's ensuing snipe of a shot.Video: VGK@PHI: Konecny buries errant pass for PPG

* The floodgates burst open in the second period. A combination of several momentum saves by Elliott and the Flyers outworking the Golden Knights to create some self-made puck luck. Good work led to good fortune on Hayes' semi-wraparound on the backhand from the side of the net and then Provorov's seeing-eye shot from the left side boards through a Michael Raffl screen after an initial show of patience and precise passing from Vorobyev to Provorov.

* With the Flyers having to kill a 5-on-3 penalty for 1:36, the first group of Flyers penalty killers -- Couturier, Niskanen and Provorov -- did outstanding work holding the Golden Knights at bay. Vegas scored on the second go-around, as Marchessault had a slam-dunk off a feed from Mark Stone. The Flyers did a good job of responding to the goal but, eventually, a breakaway goal by Smith narrowed the gap to 5-2. Raffl responded with a breakaway tally of his own.Video: VGK@PHI: Lindblom finds twine on odd-man rush

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The home team won for the first time in the short life-span of the Vegas Golden Knights - the road team had won the previous four meetings.

* The Flyers scored the first power-play goal Vegas has surrendered on the road all season - they were previously a perfect 14-for-14... The Flyers would end up scoring twice on the man advantage.

* Joel Farabee made his NHL debut tonight... He becomes the first player born in the year 2000 to appear in a game for the Flyers... He had three shots on goal and 14:35 of ice time.

* Mikhail Vorobyev had an assist and was plus-3 in his first NHL game of the season... Matt Niskanen led the Flyers in both shots (5) and ice time (24:30).

* Konecny's goal gives him points in six of the first seven games of the season... He added an assist to give him 10 points (4g-6a) to lead the Flyers.

* Oskar Lindblom had a goal and an assist to give him six points (4g-2a) in seven games so far this season, which ranks second on the team.

* Michael Raffl recorded his third career two-goal game. His last came on March 15, 2016 vs. Detroit. It's his fourth career three-point game, the last of which came on April 10, 2016 at NYI (1G, 2A).

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Raffl, Farabee and Elliott after VGK winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over VGK

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