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POSTGAME 5: A Gritty Win

Flyers mount third period comeback to earn 5-4 win in OT over Coyotes

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com/

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Shayne Gostisbehere set up the game-tying goal late in the third period, then one-timed a feed from Jake Voracek a minute into overtime to give the Flyers a 5-4 OT win over the Coyotes on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers came out of the gates with two quick goals from Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton but the Arizona fought back with four straight goals, including a pair of shorthanded tallies 24 seconds apart to build a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Scott Laughton kicked things off with his second goal of the night early in the third period before Dale Weise tied things up with 2:13 left in regulation to force overtime.

Calvin Pickard stopped 14 of 18 shots and was received in favor of Brian Elliott who stopped all 16 shots he faced to get the win. Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves on 31 shots to take the loss.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Scott Laughton (2g)
2 - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1g-1a, 27:18 TOI)
3 - Dale Weise (1g-1a)

Video: ARI@PHI: Gostisbehere wins it in OT for the FlyersTURNING POINT
Dale Weise took a feed from Shayne Gostisbehere then took off down the ice, holding off Oliver Ekman-Larsson to score the the game-tying goal with just over two minutes to play in regulation. The goal capped off the momentum turn that the Flyers had in the third period and they rode that all the way into overtime paving the way for Gostisbehere's heroics.

MELTZER'S TAKE

1) Starting a homestand and needing to get a strong opening to the game to stay away from the dreaded "first game back home curse" following a successful road trip, the Flyers could hardly have scripted it any better. An Arizona neutral zone turnover was converted into a give-and-go goal finished off by Travis Konecny. An early Flyers power play generated strong pressure, and required Darcy Kuemper to make an outstanding save to prevent a goal. When play moved back to five-on-five, persistence paid off for Scott Laughton, who finished off a play in front for a 2-0 lead.

2) Arizona tied the game at 1:51 of the second period on a transitional play that started with the Flyers caught on a change... Disaster struck Philadelphia on their third power play of the game. Arizona came into the game with a staggering seven shorthanded goals scored and then added two more to that total on the same penalty kill. On the first, Shayne Gostisbehere fumbled the puck at the blueline, went back to retrieve it and got tangled with linesman and then Derek Stepan soloed and scored to wash out a desperation delayed penalty on Gostisbehere. On the latter, Ivan Provorov and Wayne Simmonds collided and Grabner scored on the counterattack. That ended Pickard's night. 

3) The Flyers generated several good chances -- including a 2-on-1 opportunity -- over the latter part of the second period but struggled to put pucks on the net... After the Flyers were unsuccessful on a carryover power play to start the third period, Laughton potted a rebound in a scramble around the net to draw the Flyers back within 4-3 at 2:11. Dale Weise and Oskar Lindblom got the helpers. 

4) As the 3rd period neared the halfway point, Laughton turned defense to offense with a good play in his own zone..... Finally, Dale Weise took a breakaway feed from Gostisbehere and went upstairs to tie the game at 4-4. That set the stage for Ghost's dramatic OT winner after a great individual effort from Jakub Voracek. After being guilty of a costly OT turnover in the Flyers' last OT outing (in San Jose), Voracek was a man on a mission this time and was impossible to take off the puck before setting up Gostisbehere.Video: ARI@PHI: Weise ties it late with breakaway goal

5) Brian Elliott was tested a few times after coming into the game in relief, and made some tough saves to give the Flyers a chance to make a comeback bid. It paid off.

JUST THE STATS

* Shayne Gostisbehere scored his sixth career overtime game-winner. It ties him with Simon Gagne for third all-time in Flyers history. He trails only Jake Voracek (7) and Claude Giroux (10).

* The Flyers scored the first goal for the fifth straight game and ran their record to 4-1-1 when scoring first.

* Claude Giroux recorded his fifth point (2g-3a) against the Coyotes this year with a pair of assists to wrap up the two-game season series... He also appeared in his 754th game as a Flyer to move into sole possession of 4th place in Flyers history in games played.

* Oskar Lindblom recorded an assist to extend his point streak to five straight games - he has seven points (2g-5a) in that stretch.

* Christian Folin was a +1 in the game ... He is now a +6 on home ice this season through five games.

* The two shorthanded goals Arizona scored in the second period marked the third time in Flyers history that a team has scored two SHG against the Flyers on the same power play. The others were: PIT - Feb. 18, 2012 & CHI - January 30, 1969
 
THEY SAID ITVideo: Weise, Laughton and Gostisbehere following OT winVideo: Hear from Hakstol following OT win vs. Arizona

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