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POSTGAME 5: Cek-mate

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers

Jake Voracek scored less than a minute into overtime to boost the Flyers past the first-place Capitals. The Flyers never trailed in the game, going up 2-0 after one period on goals by Brayden Schenn and Ryan White. Washington tied it on two goals in less than a minute in the second period, from Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom, but then Voracek restored a one-goal lead on a goal off a faceoff with 2:21 left in the period.  After Burakovsky scored his second of the game 3:55 into the third to make it 3-3, the game went to overtime, which only lasted 38 seconds before Voracek’s winner.  Michal Neuvirth started against his former team for the first time and made 27 saves, while Braden Holtby turned aside 28 of 32.
With 2:50 left to play in the second period, the line of Scott Laughton, R.J. Umberger and Sam Gagner began a shift that generated more than 20 seconds of sustained pressure in the Washington zone, a Grade-A scoring chance for Umberger and an eventual icing call against the Capitals. Voracek scored immediately off the ensuing faceoff, which was critical in stopping the momentum generated by Washington’s two quick second-period goals.
1ST – Jake Voracek: Restored the Flyers’ lead in the second period and then scored the game-winner in overtime, his second OT winner of the season. It’s his first multi-goal game of the season and the 14th of his career. Voracek had five shots on goal and 10 total attempts.


2ND – Andre Burakovsky: Got the Caps on the board in the second period and then tied the game in the third. He picked up goals on two of his three shots in the game.

3RD – Nicklas Backstrom: Had the second-period game-tying goal and was credited with six hits.
Voracek’s two goals were his first multi-goal game since December 21, 2014. It’s Voracek’s 11th multi-point game of the season; 10 of those 11 have come over his past 31 games. Voracek has five points (3G, 2A) in his last three games; he now has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in his last 10 games and has eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, a plus-9 rating and 56 shots on goal in his last 18 games… Shayne Gostisbehere recorded two assists for his fifth multi-point game of the season.  He now leads all rookie defensemen in goals, assists and points. He ranks eighth among all rookies in overall scoring, but he has played as many as 24 fewer games than everyone ahead of him on the list. In terms of average points per game, Gostisbehere ranks third among all NHL rookies behind only Connor McDavid and Artemi Panarin… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Gostisbehere is the first NHL defenseman to record five or more multi-point games among his first 30 career games since Kevin Shattenkirk had five in his first 21 games for St. Louis in the 2010-11 season… Claude Giroux had two assists and now has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in his last 10 games.  He won 24 faceoffs (24 for 32, 75 pct), marking the second time this season he’s won that many in a single game… Brayden Schenn scored in the first period and now has two goals and two assists for four points in the last three games. Schenn has five goals and six assists for 11 points in his last 11 contests… Wayne Simmonds had an assist, three shots on goal and was credited with six hits. Simmonds has four goals and three assists for seven points in his last seven games… Nick Schultz was credited with five blocked shots, two of which came on Alex Ovechkin slapshots during Washington’s power play over the final two minutes of the game… Tonight’s game was the Flyers’ 26th one-goal game of the season, their seventh in a row and their 10th in their last 11 games… The Flyers have scored the first goal in eight of their last 10 games… The Flyers led after the first period for only the sixth time this season. They are 5-1-0 under that circumstance… The Flyers were outshot 11-0 over the first 13:45 of the second period and then outshot Washington over the final 6:15.  
"I think over the last 2 ½ months we’ve been playing good hockey. We’ve found a way to win the games; the last three games, we’ve found a way to lose the games. So we’ve just got to make sure that we keep it in the same line... don’t get high, don’t get too low, and just try to make the playoffs."

(Jake Voracek)

"Before this game we lost three in a row, but I think we liked the way we were playing. We just didn’t get the results we wanted. Two games they scored with a [couple] minutes left, and the other one we almost tied it up at the end. We’re playing the right way, and we can’t get frustrated when we don’t get the results. We just have to be patient with it and wait for our chances."

(Claude Giroux)
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