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POSTGAME 5: Bedeviled in OT

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers outshot the Devils 29-12 in the second and third periods and tied the game in the third, but New Jersey capitalized on an overtime power play to take a 2-1 win. The Devils had control of the game throughout the first period, outshooting the Flyers 8-2 and taking a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Joseph Blandisi 6:43 into the frame. The Flyers recovered in the second period and outshot the Devils 16-9, but didn’t get anything past Cory Schneider until Shayne Gostisbehere scored on the power play 3:49 into the third period. The game proceeded into overtime, where Adam Henrique scored the winner at 2:58 of the period. Michal Neuvirth returned from injury to stop 22 of 24, while Schneider turned away 31 of 32. 

Just before the halfway point of overtime, Andy Greene had a scoring opportunity that was snuffed out by Michal Neuvirth, but Jake Voracek, who was backchecking on the play, was whistled for a hooking penalty. Henrique’s goal came 27 seconds into that 4-on-3 situation. 

1st – Adam Henrique: Scored the game-winning goal 2:58 into overtime. Henrique had two shots and another that missed. 

2nd – Shayne Gostisbehere: Assisted on Brayden Schenn’s second-period goal and scored a breakaway goal of his own. Also set Flyers and NHL records by extending his scoring streak to 11 games (details below).

3rd – Cory Schneider: Made 31 saves to improve his career record against the Flyers to 4-2-0-1. 

Gostisbehere extended his scoring streak to 11 games with his third period goal, establishing a new Flyers record for a scoring streak by a rookie. The old mark of 10 games was established in 1993-94 by Mikael Renberg. Gostisbehere also set a new NHL record for a scoring streak by a rookie defenseman, eclipsing the 10 games done twice in the 1977-78 season by Barry Beck of the Colorado Rockies… Gostisbehere led the Flyers with five shots on goal and eight total shot attempts… The Flyers outhit the Devils 35-20. Michael Del Zotto, Wayne Simmonds and Ryan White led the team with six hits apiece. White’s six hits came in 11:07 of ice time… White was also a perfect 5-for-5 on faceoffs, while Nick Cousins was 3-for-3. The Flyers won 65 percent of faceoffs in the game (30-for-46)… Following the game, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that Michael Del Zotto is out indefinitely with an upper body injury. 

“We showed a lot of character. I think in the third period we played good enough to win the game, but wasn't the case. For the first period they out worked us, but we kind of got our [stuff] together and started playing better. It’s got to be a full 60 minutes.”

(Claude Giroux)

 “We’ve played close hockey games against [the Rangers] each and every game this year. When you get to this time of year there’s going to be emotion that’s attached to it, but you keep everything in perspective and the two points are at the top of the list as we go on the road.”

(Dave Hakstol)

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