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POSTGAME 5: Birthday Boy!

On his 29th birthday, captain Claude Giroux scores shootout winner to down Canucks, 5-4

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Claude Giroux scored the only goal of the shootout and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Giroux, who turned 29 on Thursday, was the second shooter for the Flyers and snapped a wrist shot past Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller.Video: VAN@PHI: Giroux slides shot past Miller for SO winner

Michal Neuvirth, who entered the game to start the third period in relief of Steve Mason, made 14 saves through overtime and stopped all three Canucks shooters, including a save on Loui Eriksson to clinch the victory.

Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, and Travis Konecny, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Brayden Schenn also scored. Markus Granlund scored two goals, Brandon Sutter had a goal and an assist and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver (20-19-5). Miller had 31 saves through overtime.

2. THE TURNING POINT

Tonight's turning point came early in the third period on Brayden Schenn's game-tying goal… After a see-saw battle in the second period, the Flyers headed into the third down, 4-3, but immediately headed to the power-play. A nifty pass from Giroux and Schenn's shot found it's way past Miller at the top of the left circle to knot the score back up… Following the tally by Schenn, the Flyers out-shot and out-chanced the Canucks, eventually leading to a successful shootout.Video: VAN@PHI: Schenn nets one-timer for PPG while falling

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Claude Giroux: Scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to snap a two-game losing skid. Also added an assist and was 62% on face-offs.

2 - Markus Granlund: Recorded two of the Canucks' four goals on four shots, while also posting a +3 rating.

3 - Jayson Megna: Recorded two assists and a +3 rating.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers are 5-4 in the shootout this season. Their five wins are a new franchise record for shootout wins in a single season.

* The Flyers have now won nine of their last 11 games at home, earning points in 10 of them by posting a record of 9-1-1 since Nov. 27.

* The Flyers also improved their record to 10-6-3 against the Western Conference and have a record of 7-2-1 at home against the West, earning points in their last eight games (7-0-1).

* Brayden Schenn scored a goal for the third straight game and now has five goals and eight points in his last eight games.

* Schenn also has 10 goals on the power play which leads all players in the NHL and is now tied for fifth in the NHL in points on the power play (17).

* Claude Giroux now has 19 points on the power play, which is tied for the NHL lead (CBJ - Cam Atkinson).

* Travis Konecny recorded his third goal in the last six games… He has seven goals and 21 points through 43 games this season.

5. THEY SAID IT
"That was ugly wasn't it, yeah just one of those games where sitting in the penalty box all night, PK did an outstanding job for us, power play came up with some big goals and Neuvy came in and shut the door so probably not the way we wanted to draw it up but at the end of the day we got the two points."
- Brayden Schenn

"Yeah, We need to look at the way were playing. When you get a win your confidence goes up a little bit. A lot of guys played some great games and played hard. That was a great team effort tonight."
- Claude Giroux

"We thought it was a good time for a change for our team. Just coming out of the second period it was a tough second period for us. There were a lot of different things going on there. So it was probably two-fold. It was time to make a change for our team and push for a change in direction and our focus. Neuvy went in and did a good job."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Coach Hakstol Postgame Press Conference

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