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Shayne Gostisbehere scored his third overtime goal of the season off a feed from Jake Voracek to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 win over Carolina. The Flyers overcame a hat trick from Jeff Skinner, who opened the scoring 1:56 into the game with the only goal of the first period. Voracek tied it just 23 seconds into the second period, but Skinner took the lead back with his second at 3:37. Brayden Schenn tied the game again just 58 seconds later, and with 3:31 left in the period, Sean Couturier gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead. Skinner finished the feat at 9:07 of the third and the game ended up in overtime, where Gostisbehere finished the contest 1:42 into the extra session. Michal Neuvirth made 29 saves in the win, while Eddie Lack stopped 27 of 31.
The Flyers were hoping Jake Voracek’s move in the lineup would not only benefit him, but also his new linemates, and that happened late in the second period. Matt Read was double-shifting to cover for the penalized Wayne Simmonds when he and Sean Couturier teamed up to remove the puck from Victor Rask in the Flyers zone. Read pushed the puck up to Jake Voracek, who played a nifty backhand pass that found Couturier in stride at center ice. Couturier’s shot on Eddie Lack rebounded off a Carolina defender and in to give the Flyers the 3-2 advantage after two periods.
1ST – Jeff Skinner: Provided all of Carolina’s offense by recording his second hat trick in his last three games. Skinner now has nine goals in his last six contests. He led Carolina with six shots and played 20:56, leading Carolina’s forwards.
2ND – Jake Voracek: His move to left wing paid dividends at least for one game – Voracek recorded a goal, an assist, seven shots on goal and was plus-3.
3RD - Brayden Schenn: Answered Carolina’s second goal in less than a minute, stemming the momentum. Schenn recorded four shots on goal and was credited with three hits.
The NHL record for overtime goals by a player in a single season is five, done by Steven Stamkos in 2011-12; Gostisbehere now has three with 51 games remaining in the season. No NHL rookie has ever recorded four overtime goals in one season. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Gostisbehere is the first rookie to have three OT goals in a season since 2007-08, when Andrew Cogliano did it over the course of appearing in all 82 games for Edmonton. Prior to him, it was Sidney Crosby last accomplishing the feat over the course of 81 games in 2005-06… also per the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in team history that the Flyers have beaten the same team in overtime three times in one season. This only covers games that ended in overtime, not games that ended in a shootout… Skinner’s hat trick was the first by a Carolina player against the Flyers since Eric Staal did it on October 28, 2005 in Raleigh… Radko Gudas was credited with seven hits.
“I think we have to be honest with ourselves, I don’t think tonight was our best. I think we have a lot of things that we will address as a group and try to clean up… Don’t get me wrong, we worked hard, we battled hard, and we made some plays tonight. There are just some things that we have to clean up especially in taking care of pucks… But the positive side of that is that we found a way to win the hockey game, so that just all comes back to everybody being on the same page and working hard together. So I give a real credit to the group in the room, they’re doing that.” (Dave Hakstol)
“3-on-3 is built for [Gostisbehere]. He’s a great skater, with a great shot. He’s smart as well, so he knows when to jump in and what to do with the puck when he has it so that’s why he is where he is right now and that’s why he’s scoring those goals, because he’s a hell of a player.”