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POSTGAME 5: Bruin a Comeback

Flyers mount three-goal comeback, beat Bruins in a shootout, 6-5, on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Wrapping up a three-game homestand, the Philadelphia Flyers a wild seesaw affair with the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. Philly erased a 5-2 deficit to claim one point, A shootout took rounds to decide before the Flyers prevailed to claim a 6-5 victory.

Anders Bjork and David Krejci gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the first period. Kevin Hayes (power play, 14th) got it back before the end of the period. There was a parade of goals and breakdowns on both sides in the second period with David Pastrnak, Charlie Coyle and Krejci for the Bruins and Travis Sanheim, Sean Couturier and Connor Bunnaman scoring his first NHL goal. In the third, Sanheim struck again playing 4-on-4 to force what would be a scoreless overtime.

After four scoreless shootout rounds, Travis Konecny scored then Brad Marchand fumbled the puck away, losing his attempt to end the game.

Carter Hart stopped of 26 of 31 shots during the hockey game and then 5 of 5 in the shootout, while Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves on 39 shots in regulation and OT before going for 4-for-5 in the shootout.

Three Stars:
1st: Travis Konecny (1a, shootout winner)
2nd: Travis Sanheim (2g)
3rd: Sean Couturier (1g-1a)

Video: PHI@BOS: Konecny nets go-ahead shootout goalTURNING POINT
Sanheim's 4-on-4 goal drew the Flyers even for the first time since the game was scoreless early in the first period. His escapability in the D zone and stopping at the net in the attack zone made it all possible.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* Unlike the Tampa game, where the Flyers set the proper early tone, the Flyers came out against Boston make soft plays on the puck and breaking down defensively. Boston had six shots within the first 4:04 of the game and 11 before the period was halfway through. Phil Myers looked bad on a slow-developing goal by Anders Bjork off the rush and Hart compounded it by committing to the ice very early. Bjork ended up with an easy backhanded tuck-in to a half empty net.

* No one was about to stop the gorgeous power play goal that Krejci scored off the rush at 16:49 of the first period; a perfectly executed pass to the far-side post. With Patrice Bergeron in the box on a high-sticking double minor for accidentally cutting Scott Laughton, Philly got the goal back with a nicely executed goal of their own via good puck movement. Travis Konecny (who had hobbled up the tunnel after a painful shot block) returned in time to feed Hayes for a one-timer goal from the bottom of the right circle. 

* Another Flyers breakdown proved costly as they yielded a 2-on-1 to two of the most dangerous players in the NHL: Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Scoring his 36th goal of the season, Pastrnak slickly tucked the puck between Hart's pads. Fortunately for the Flyers, they got the goal right back on a bomb from Sanheim.Video: BOS@PHI: Sanheim sends puck through traffic by Halak

* Apart from the first goal, where there a breakdown but Hart also committed way early, this has been a game where goaltending was rendered a non-factor due to poor defensive play in front: bad reads, bad gaps, bad puck management. At the other end of the ice, however, Boston wasn't much better in the middle frame. A nice feed from Voracek to Couturier created a scoring chance, and then Couturier and the Flyers got lucky as the puck trickled off his stick blade but dribbled through Halak into the net. Then, with a mass of traffic in front of the net, Mark Friedman's shot from the right side was deflected home by Bunnaman for his first NHL goal.

* The third period was much tighter checking than either the first or second. During a 4-on-4, Sanheim made excellent plays at both ends of the ice leading up to tying the game at 5-5.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers ended their three-game homestand with four out of a possible six points and extended their NHL-leading home record to 15-3-4 with a .773 winning percentage.Video: BOS@PHI: Hayes fires blistering one-timer

* The Flyers defense had five points tonight led by Travis Sanheim with two goals, while Robert Hagg, Matt Niskanen and Mark Friedman each had an assist.

* Ivan Provorov led the team in ice time (27:00) and blocked shots (3), while Tyler Pitlick led the team in hits (5).

* Jakub Voracek had two assists and recorded a +3 in tonight's game.

* Sean Couturier recorded his ninth multi-point game of the year with a goal and two assists... He has five points (1g-4a) in two games against the Bruins this season.

* Connor Bunnaman scored his first NHL goal in his fifth NHL game, while Mark Friedman recorded his first NHL point in his fourth NHL game.

* The Flyers travel to St. Louis to face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blues on Wednesday Night Hockey. Puck drop is 8 p.m. on the east coast on NBCSN or listen live on 93.3 WMMR.

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Konecny, Sanheim and Hart following winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over BOS

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