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POSTGAME 5: Bad Bounces

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers



The Flyers outshot the Hurricanes 37-18, but Carolina picked up three unanswered goals and skated off with a 3-1 victory. The Flyers opened the scoring with 2:15 left in the first period when Scott Laughton fired home a puck off a feed from Matt Read. But Carolina responded with two second-period goals, one coming when Joakim Nordstrom intercepted an outlet pass from Michal Neuvirth, and the other when Jordan Staal hopped on a puck that took an odd bounce behind the Flyers net and came out in front. In the third, Eric Staal added an insurance goal with 5:49 to play. Neuvirth absorbed the loss with 15 saves on 18 shots, while Cam Ward kept his team in the game with 36 saves on 37 shots.

As the game progressed through the second and third period, Cam Ward seemed to become more and more impenetrable. With 3:47 left in the second period, the Flyers had perhaps their best scoring chance of the night when Sean Couturier lofted an unbelievable backhanded pass through the air about 50 feet that landed at the feet of Scott Laughton, sparking a 2-on-1 with Matt Read. Laughton fed Read down the left wing but Ward made an outstanding play to get back to his right and stone Read on the one-timer. The save seemed to galvanize the Hurricanes, who scored their second goal about two minutes later.     



1st – Cam Ward:
Made 36 saves on 37 Flyers shots to keep the Hurricanes in the game. He did not allow a tally after Scott Laughton’s goal with 2:15 left in the first period.  

2nd – Jordan Staal: Scored the eventual game-winning goal with 1:34 left in the second period. Staal also had two shots, two hits and two takeaways.

3rd – Jay McClement: Assisted on Eric Staal’s third-period insurance goal. He also had two shots, a hit, three takeaways and a block. 
    

Shayne Gostisbehere saw his scoring streak come to an end at 15 games. Only three Flyers in franchise history – Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros and Brian Propp – have had scoring streaks longer than Gostisbehere’s. It establishes new franchise records for scoring streak by a rookie and scoring streak by a defenseman, and a new NHL record for longest streak by a rookie defenseman… The Flyers outshot the Hurricanes 37-18. It’s the most they’ve outshot an opponent in a loss since they outshot Toronto 49-17 in a 3-2 loss on February 26, 2015. The Flyers had 66 shot attempts to Carolina’s 37… Mark Streit and Jake Voracek led the Flyers with six shots apiece. Voracek had a total of 10 shot attempts. Fourteen of the 18 Flyers skaters had at least one shot on goal… The Flyers finish the season series against Carolina with a 3-1-0 record. The three wins were all in overtime.

“We played a good hockey game. A real good hockey game. Really in almost every area, their goaltender was the difference. You walk away from this one and we didn’t get the two points, and that’s all that really matters at this time of year. But we did play a hell of a hockey game. So we’ve got to carry that play and that mentality into a home game in two days, and we’ll do that.”

(Dave Hakstol)

“It was a special streak. I really can’t thank my teammates and coaches [enough]. They helped me along the way, not letting me think about it too much, and the biggest thing, not getting a big head about it. It was a fun thing. I’m personally happy it’s over and we don’t have to talk about it anymore, but I just want to thank all my teammates for all the support.”

(Shayne Gostisbehere)
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