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POSTGAME 5: Another Night, Another Comeback

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux tied the game in the third period and then contributed to a successful shootout as the Flyers took a 2-1 shootout win in Detroit.  The game was scoreless until Henrik Zetterberg put the Wings on the board with 1:35 left in the second period, but Giroux was able to knot it 4:24 into the third.  The Flyers put a puck in the net in the final seconds of regulation, but it was waved off due to goaltender interference, and the teams then playe da scoreless overtime.  In the shootout, Pavel Datsyuk put the Wings up in the second round, but Giroux and Jake Voracek tallied in rounds 2 and 3 while Michal Neuvirth shut things down in round 3.  Neuvirth took the win with 29 saves, while Petr Mrazek stopped 30 of 31 in a losing cause.

The Flyers found themselves having to kill off a 5-minute major just 2:20 into the first period.  Not only did they escape without allowing any goals, but they only allowed the Red Wings five shots.  Instead of being down by a goal or worse after the penalty, the Flyers found themselves still on even ground and with a little momentum as they embarked upon the rest of the game.

  1 - Michal Neuvirth: Made 29 saves to pick up his 10th win of the season in his first game since January 5.  Neuvirth improved his league-leading save percentage to .936 and moved up to seventh in the league with a 2.05 GAA. 

2 - Pavel Datsyuk: Assisted on Detroit's goal in regulation and scored its only goal in the shootout.  Datsyuk now has 17 points in 13 career games against the Flyers.  He had 10 total shot attempts, recorded three hits and was 6-for-12 on faceoffs.

3 - Claude Giroux: Scored the Flyers' regulation goal and also tallied in the shootout.  In addition to his goal and three shots, ClGiroux blocked a shot and went 18-for-23 (78 pct) on faceoffs...

The Flyers extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1) with the shootout win, picking up 11 of a possible 12 points in that span... The Flyers erased a third-period deficit to earn standings points for the third consecutive game.  They have five of a possible six points over the last three games when doing so (2-0-1)... Tonight’s game was the first time the Flyers have gone to a shootout against Detroit.  Earlier this year, they went to the shootout against Columbus for the first time.  Chicago and Minnesota are now the only teams the Flyers haven’t faced in a shootout.  The Flyers used their coach’s challenge for the second time this season.  The other time was a successful challenge of an offsides play on a Washington goal on November 12.  (The challenge at the end of regulation tonight was initiated by the League)... Giroux’s shootout goal was his 20th in 58 career attempts, while Voracek’s was his 9th in 30 career attempts... Shayne Gostisbehere and Scott Laughton paced the Flyers with five shots on goal apiece. 

"There’s a lot of technical rules that are in place there.  They watched the video and they made a call, and we live with that.  It’s a fast game and a tough game to officiate.  There’s a lot of things happening.  They made their call, and I think all night long, we just moved on to the next play.  They’ve got a tough job to do, and we’ve got to do our job."

(Dave Hakstol) 

"It was a tough, emotional game – let’s be honest.  We were obviously pretty upset at that goal that got disallowed, but we knew we had five minutes in front of us in overtime, and we knew we had to stick with it.  Neuvy did a great job; he shut the door in overtime and the shootout.  It’s a huge road game… back to back games in a tough building.  I think that’s the best team we’ve played so far this year." 

(Jake Voracek)

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