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POSTGAME 5: Blue Feeling

Flyers drop road finale to Blues, 7-3, in St. Louis

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

The Blues and Flyers combined for 10 goals, but it was St. Louis who came out on top with a 7-3 victory over the Flyers in their road finale on Thursday night.

Eight goals were scored in the first period with the Blues getting out with a 5-3 advantage... James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, while Alex Pietrangelo led St. Louis with three assists.

Brayden Schenn scored in the lone goal in the second, while Alexander Steen scored the only goal of the third for his three-point night. Brian Elliott allowed four goals before Carter Hart came in relief, finishing the game with 27 saves on 30 shots. Jordan Binnington earned the win with 26 saves.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Alexander Steen (2g-1a)
2 - Jordan Binnington (26 saves)
3 - Alex Pietrangelo (3a)

The turning point in this one was the first 10 minutes of the game when the Blues tallied five goals... The Flyers fought back to bring it within two, but as they had been all season, chasing the game gave the Blues opportunity and they cashed in to put the game out of reach.

1) The Flyers opened the first period with a very brief push only for St. Louis to strike three times in quick succession with players open in point blank range: first Ivan Barbashev (even strength rebound) then Ryan O'Reilly (power play re-direct from the doorstep), and then Alex Steen (shorthanded counter, with a point blank chance from the slot after the pass got across).

2) Oskar Lindblom, one of the few bright spots on this road trip, made a nice play around the net and slid the puck home past Jordan Binnington to briefly cut the gap to 3-1. But then Brian Elliott was quickly abandoned again by the team in front of him and Patrick Maroon had a too-easy goal at the other end to make it 4-1. Video: PHI@STL: Lindblom slips puck home from in tight

3) None of the four goals were on Elliott -- they were all massive breakdowns in front of him -- but he was pulled in favor of Carter Hart to try to stop the bleeding. James van Riemsdyk soon scored to make it 4-2, on his own follow-up at the net as he attacked out of the corner... Claude Giroux re-trimmed the gap to two goals at 19:17 as he snapped a shot from the left circle over Binnington. Incredibly, the Flyers weren't out of the game after one period.

4) Hart made several outstanding saves to keep the deficit at two in the second period. But he had no chance on a crazy double-deflection that pinballed across the crease to Schenn for a tap-in that made it 6-3.

5) Steen scored on a filthy backhander upstairs to make it 7-3.He stepped out from behind the net past Robert Hägg (who was initially dealing with another St. Louis player along the end boards), and scored.


* The Flyers finished their regular season on the road with a 18-19-4 record.

* Oskar Lindblom scored for the second straight game and third time in his four contests... He has 12 of his 16 goals since Jan. 16 - a span of 35 games.

* James van Riemsdyk led the team with a goal and an assist, and tied with Oskar Lindblom with five shots on goal and was a +2.

* Ivan Provorov led the team with 23:35 of ice time.


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