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Shayne Gostisbehere scored his second overtime winner in three games to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over Nashville. The Predators scored first on a tally by Filip Forsberg 1:44 into the game, but Michael Del Zotto responded with his first goal of the season a little over two minutes later. That score stood until Colin McDonald scored his first goal as a Flyer 4:57 into the third period, but the Predators were able to tie it on a goal by Mike Fisher with 20 seconds left in regulation. The Flyers went on the power play 2:40 into overtime, and Gostisbehere’s goal came off a feed from Claude Giroux with 52 seconds left in the extra frame. Michal Neuvirth took the win with 33 saves on 35 shots, while Pekka Rinne absorbed the loss with 33 saves.
The Flyers were breaking out of their zone near the halfway point of overtime when Nashville was whistled for too many men on the ice. After a whistle halfway through that power play, Dave Hakstol called a timeout and the Flyers power play reorganized itself. Once play resumed, it took just 23 seconds for Giroux to find Gostisbehere for the game-winning one-timer.
1ST – Shayne Gostisbehere: Became the first rookie in Flyers history to record two overtime game-winning goals in the same season. He played 2:36 of the Flyers’ total 3:28 of power play time in the game. Gostisbehere had four shots on goal and three more that didn’t reach the net.
2ND – Michal Neuvirth: His 33 saves included a critical stop of a Nashville shorthanded rush with just under five minutes left in the second period. Mike Fisher brought the puck up the right wing on a 2-on-2 and took a shot that Neuvirth stopped, but the rebound went right to Eric Nystrom. Neuvirth was able to get to his right and stop Nystrom’s rebound attempt.
3RD – Michael Del Zotto: In a runner-up for the game’s turning point consideration, Del Zotto joined the rush up ice and took a cross-ice pass from Brayden Schenn that he snapped into the upper right corner over Rinne’s glove. The goal erased the momentum Nashville had obtained from its goal just 1:44 into the game. Del Zotto had a career-high seven shots on goal, besting his previous career high of six shots done twice with the Rangers in March of 2013.
Claude Giroux posted two assists for his fifth multi-point game of the year and second in the last three games. Giroux now has two goals and four assists for six points in his last three games… The Flyers held the Predators scoreless on two power play opportunities. They have now held the opposition without a power play goal in five consecutive games, going 19-for-19 in that stretch, and have held opponents to a total of 13 shots on the 19 power plays… The Flyers were 1-for-2 on the power play and now have four power play goals in their last three games. They are 4-for-11 (36.3 pct) in that three-game span and are 8-for-33 (24.2 pct) in their last 10 games… Luke Schenn and Evgeny Medvedev were each credited with four blocked shots, and Schenn was credited with four hits. Radko Gudas was credited with a block and six hits… The Flyers went beyond regulation for the 10th time this season through 22 games, which is a league high. Eight of those games have ended in overtime, with the Flyers posting a record of 4-4 in those. Last year, the Flyers only went beyond regulation 26 times the entire season, and they only came out on top in eight of those games.
“It’s a fun ride right now and I don’t have any plans of getting off it. I mean I’ve never scored that many OT winners in my life so I mean it’s a surreal moment but I’m going to keep going and I’m looking forward to New York.”
“I think most importantly for our team we felt like we did a lot of things right tonight. We ended up having to go to overtime [but] we did everything right in OT as well – we defended well, we had patience, generated scoring chances, and then took advantage of the power play.”