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POSTGAME 5: Burn Notice

Flames burn Flyers with late comeback, take 3-2 shootout victory in a Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center.

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Returning home to begin a two-game homestand, the Philadelphia Flyers controlled the play for the majority of the game, but found themselves having to to work overtime for the ninth time this season. After 65 minutes, the game moved to a shootout. The Flames prevailed 3-2 (1-0) with Matthew Tkachuk potting the lone shootout goal.

Jakub Voracek and Kevin Hayes scored in regulation for the Flyers. Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm answered for Calgary.

Carter Hart stopped 22 of 24 shots in regulation, and one more in overtime. He was 1-for-2 in the shootout... David Rittich denied 33 of 35 Flyers shots in regulation, plus two more in OT. He went 3-for-3 in the shootout.

Three Stars:
1st: Matthew Tkachuk (+2, GW shootout goal)
2nd: Jakub Voracek (1g)
3rd: Andrew Mangiapane (1g)

TURNING POINT
The 6-on-5 that forced overtime for Calgary. The Flyers are outstanding at strong side pressure on the PK. But they laid back too much in defending Calgary's desperation and it resulted in a bad bounce and a tied game that went beyond regulation.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* There were a lot of whistles in the first period, making it hard to get much flow to the play. Hart made a good save on Mark Jankowski and later two stops in quick succession. Rittich made a tough Flyers power play save on Travis Sanheim with Oskar Lindblom in screening/deflecting position right in front of him. Video: CGY@PHI: Hayes capitalizes on miscue and scores

* Morgan Frost had a shot right off a Claude Giroux faceoff win (second straight game, but not a goal this time) and then set up a prime scoring chance for the Flyers' captain. Later, Frost led Michael Raffl on a 2-on-1 rush, electing to pass across but could not make connections. If Raffl had hung back a half-stride, it would have been tape-to-tape and a slam dunk for Raffl.

* Rather than a 1-0 lead for the Flyers at the second intermission, it easily could have been about 5-1. Apart from a spectacular rush by Andrew Mangiapane around Phil Myers and Hart that hit the post and went into the goalie, the Flyers utterly dominated the middle frame. Couturier had a second scoring chance. Frost led a second 2-on-1, this time with Giroux joining him, and elected to shoot this time. Rittich came up with both chances, along with 14 other salvos from Philly. 

* Calgary generated five of the first seven shots of the third period. After his mistake on the tying Flames goal, Frost set up a chance for Giroux. At the other end, Hart erased a Sanheim turnover. Philly stabilized and came up with a clutch penalty kill after a Konecny delay of game minor.

* Calgary needlessly iced the puck and paid for it, although there were two faceoffs and a TV timeout in between. Joel Farabee pressured Rittich into a turnover behind the net, and Hayes deposited it into the net for a 2-1 lead... On Calgary's 6-on-5, the Flyers collapsed down low didn't pressure the puck. A wide shot caromed behind the net directly to Lindholm, who tied the game at 2-2. Nothing Hart could do on that one.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers have now earned points in 10 of 11 home games this season with a 6-1-4 record.

* Jake Voracek scored his 200th goal in the NHL which also gives him 512 points as a Flyer and moves him into sole possession of 12th place all-time in Flyers history.Video: CGY@PHI: Voracek dives and taps puck into the twine

* For the third straight game, Ivan Provorov led all players in ice time with 28:37, his highest time of the season thus far.

* The Flyers lead the NHL in shootouts played with eight (3-5), while Calgary has won all three shootouts they have been involved in.

* Sean Couturier had a career-high nine shots on goal, eclipsing his previous career high of eight done four times previous. He had 12 total shot attempts, recorded three takeaways and a blocked shot, and was 11-for-22 (50 pct) on faceoffs.

* The Flyers are back in action on Monday against the Vancouver Canucks when the team recognizes Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Wells Fargo Center. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP+ and 93.3 WMMR)

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Laughton, Sanheim and Hart following lossVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to CGY

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