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POSTGAME 5: Battle Point

Flyers fight back to force overtime, gain a point in Arizona

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit to force overtime, and despite dominating most of the overtime period, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored during a delayed penalty with 1:48 left in OT to give Arizona the extra standings point and a 4-3 win.

Shane Doan opened the scoring with a power play goal 8:49 into the first period, which Michael Raffl answered when he deflected home a point shot from Nick Schultz with 7:29 left in the period. Steve Mason stopped 31 for the Flyers, while Mike Smith turned away 27.

2. THE TURNING POINT
Arizona built a two-goal lead on tallies by Martin Hanzal with 5:43 left to play and a shorthanded goal from Brad Richardson 17 seconds into the second period, but momentum swung the Flyers way when Wayne Simmonds pulled the Flyers within a goal six minutes later, and then Matt Read's tally off a great pass from Konecny tied it up 4:36 into the third period to get a point for the Flyers.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Scored the game-winner in overtime, but beyond that he logged the most minutes of any player in the game at 24:48.

2 - Martin Hanzal: Recorded the Coyotes second goal and fired a total of six shots on net.

3 - Shane Doan: Opened the scoring for the Coyotes, his 397th goal in the NHL, and had five shots on net.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
The Flyers recorded five shots on goal and 10 total shot attempts in the first 2:39 of the overtime period before Arizona had a single shot attempt… The Flyers gathered three of a possible four points in the season-opening back-to-back road set - They have only had two occasions in their history where they've played the first two games of the season on the road and won them both, which were in 2009-10 and 2011-12… Brandon Manning recorded two assists, giving him three over the weekend's two-game set. Manning was also credited with a team-high five hits… Shayne Gostisbehere led the Flyers with 23:29 of ice time and led the team with seven shots on goal… Claude Giroux was 14-for-19 (74 pct) on faceoffs, while Boyd Gordon was 5-for-8 (63 pct).
 
5. THEY SAID IT
"Our effort level was outstanding. I thought for a back to back night, it's the effort that you want. I think there's a lot of things in tonight's game that mentally we can do a little bit better and be a little bit sharper on, and those are the things that we'll try to improve."
- Dave Hakstol

"One of those plays you feel like it went in, but he did a good job making it look like it didn't go across the line. It seemed like it did."
- Boyd Gordon

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