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POSTGAME 5: Burned out

Flames nab extra point with 5-4 overtime win over Flyers

by @NHLFlyers

In a see-saw battle against Calgary at the Wells Fargo Center, a total of nine goals were scored, but it was Michael Frolik's tally in overtime that was the difference as the Flames took a 5-4 victory over the Flyers.

The Flyers charged out to an early lead off a goal from Brandon Manning that took a fortunate bounce off the post, then Mike Smith's back. Johnny Gaudreau tied it up on a breakaway and the Flyers took a 3-1 lead with goals from Couturier and Provorov, but Calgary responded with a pair of goals from Sean Monahan to draw even and 3-3.

Nolan Patrick gave the Flyers the lead after finding a rebound and roofing it backhand over Smith, but the Flames came right back as Monahan scored again to complete a hat trick.

In the overtime session, Mikael Backlund entered the Flyers zone on a 2 on 1 and found Frolik, who capitalized on a one-timer for the victory. Mike Smith stopped 35 of 39 shots, while Brian Elliott made 26 saves in the loss.

The Flames power play was the turning point in this one and it was effective because of a 10-minute span in the second period in which the Flyers committed four minor penalties, giving a dangerous Flames offense the opportunity to climb back… Calgary's first unit went to work and it was Sean Monahan scoring a natural hat trick in the second period which gave the Flames momentum and the chance to come out of Philadelphia with the win. 


1. Sean Monahan: Recorded a four-point night, including the first Flames hat trick of the season. 

2. Michael Frolik: Potted the game-winning goal on his only shot of the game in overtime.  

3. Johnny Gaudreau: Had a goal and two assists for his fourth straight multi-point game and extended his point streak to nine games. 


The Flyers received plenty of scoring from elsewhere, rather than just the top line… They got two goals from defensemen as Brandon Manning opened the scoring and Ivan Provorov tallied to make it 3-1 late in the first period.Video: CGY@PHI: Manning nets opening goal from the point

Jori Lehtera and Scott Laughton connected to set up Provorov's goal, while rookie Nolan Patrick scored his second of the season in just his second game back from injury.

The top line did produce however - Sean Couturier scored for the second straight game - it was his team-leading 12th goal of the season, while Jakub Voracek (2a) and Claude Giroux (1a) also found the scoresheet.

The Flames won this one because of their power play, scoring three of their first four goals on the man-advantage, including a power-play hat trick from Monahan… The Flames three power-play goals were the most they've scored all season and just third time they have produced multiple power-play goals in a game.

The comeback win for the Flames also ties them with the NHL lead for most wins when allowing the first goal (5). 

Video: CGY@PHI: Couturier slams home rebound for PPGMATINEE DELIGHT
Despite the loss, the Flyers earned another point in the standings… They have now earned a point in five of their last seven games, going 2-2-3… This is also the eighth straight matinee game that the Flyers have earned a point - dating back to last season, the Flyers are 6-0-2 in afternoon starts.

The Flyers had 39 shots on goal, their second-highest total of the season. It was their first three-goal first period of the season… Robert Hagg recorded four blocked shots and three hits. Hagg leads all rookies in hits on the season with 65 and is fourth overall in the league, and his 32 blocked shots on the year lead all rookies… Shayne Gostisbehere recorded his 10th power play assist of the season, which leads the league in the category.
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