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POSTGAME 5: A Winning Note

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers scored five unanswered goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit and take a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders in the final game of the 2015-16 season. The Isles took a 2-0 lead on goals by Nikolay Kulemin 5:58 into the first period and Matt Martin 9:19 into the second. But then the Flyers benefited from some power plays, getting on the board with Shayne Gostisbehere’s 17th goal and eighth PP tally of the season at 11:15 and then a 5-on-3 goal from Evgeny Medvedev with just under eight seconds left in the frame. Michael Raffl gave the Flyers the lead 6:38 into the second period, and two more finished things off in the third – one from Scott Laughton at 5:50 and the other from R.J. Umberger on the power play at 11:10. Michael Neuvirth returned to the lineup, making 15 saves in the win. The Islanders split the evening between Thomas Greiss, who stopped seven of nine in the first period, and Christopher Gibson, who denied 15 of 18 in the final two frames. 

Medvedev’s marker in the closing seconds of the first period turned things the Flyers’ way for good. The Islanders had just four shots in the second period and six in the third. 

1. Michael Raffl – recorded his third career three-point game and his first since October 25, 2014. Raffl finishes the year as the only Flyer to play in all 82 games.

2. Evgeny Medvedev – recorded a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game in the NHL, coming in his first game action since March 12.

3. Calvin DeHaan – recorded two assists and two shots on goal.

The Flyers finish the season with a record of 41-27-14 for 96 points. It marks an improvement of eight wins and 12 points from the 2014-15 season. It’s the most points the Flyers have had in a season since earning 103 points in the 2011-12 season… Shayne Gostisbehere scored his 17th goal of the season, becoming the first NHL rookie defenseman to reach that mark since Dion Phaneuf did it in 2005-06… Gostisbehere and Scott Laughton led the Flyers with four shots apiece… Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Steve Mason were all healthy scratches. 

"I think we played a pretty good game. I would say it's a good win for us, for confidence, and now we have to get prepared for Washington… we all know who's the best team in the league I think we played them well all four games. We have to make sure [we’re] checking them well because they get a lot of power-play points."

(Jake Voracek)

"We like our group. I'm not here to make any predictions, I never have all year. We feel good about our group and our room. Very very tight knit, competitive group now we have a couple of days to get ourselves ready. First of all to get a day of rest and then to start preparing for the start of the series in the middle of the week."

(Dave Hakstol)

“We made the playoffs. we haven’t won anything. I think our team going in feels like we want to win the first round of the playoffs. so there is pressure. Not as much as a #1 seed… it’s not that type. We need to play the game the right way probably more than ever against a team like Washington.”

(Ron Hextall)

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