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POSTGAME 5: Comeback Complete

Flyers post three third period goals, win in shootout over Sabres

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers went down 3-0 after two periods, but charged back with three power play goals in the third period and came away with a 4-3 shootout win. After a scoreless first period, the Sabres struck with a goal from Tyler Ennis 2:06 into the second and then picked up a pair of power-play goals from Matt Moulson.

The third goal ended the evening for Michal Neuvirth, who was replaced by Steve Mason. Shots were even after the second period, but the Flyers outshot the Sabres 19-5 in the third and started the scoring with Travis Konecny's first NHL goal with 15:30 left in regulation, leading to a pair of late power-play goals to force overtime and the eventual shootout. Claude Giroux put one home in the second round and Voracek iced it with a third-round goal, while Mason stopped the Sabres in each of the first two rounds. He takes the win with eight saves in 29:17 of play.

2. THE TURNING POINT
The goal from Konecny gave the Flyers hope, but the deficit was still two goals with time running out in the third period. With a little more than three minutes to play, Dmitry Kulikov put a big hit on Jakub Voracek and was called for charging. Voracek briefly left the game, but instead of retaliation, his teammates responded with a pair of power-play goals. Brayden Schenn struck first with 2:56 left and then Mark Streit scooped a puck over a dogpile in front of the Sabres net to tie the score with 1:51 remaining and give all the momentum the Flyers way.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Claude Giroux: Led the charge on the team's power-play and completed the comeback to force overtime… He also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout, and throughout the game, went 17-for-26 (65%) on faceoffs.

2 - Mark Streit: Played a part in all three Flyers goals in regulation with two assists and the game-tying goal with less than two minutes left in the game

3 - Matt Moulson: Recorded two goals on four shots to give the Sabres a 3-0 lead after two periods. He also extended his goal-scoring streak to three straight games.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers last came from a 3-0 deficit to win a game on December 21, 2015 at St. Louis, a game they won 4-3 in regulation.
 
* Travis Konecny scored his first NHL goal and ranks third among all rookies in scoring with six points (1g-5a).

* Mark Streit contributed to all three goals, scoring one himself and picking up assists on the other two for a three-point night. He had four shots on goal and played 20:17.
 
* Brayden Schenn picked up his first points of the season with a goal and an assist, while Radko Gudas played his first game this season, recording three hits and 18:27 of ice time.
 
* The Flyers had 79 shot attempts - 41 on goal, 18 that were blocked and 20 that missed the net.
 
* Ivan Provorov led the Flyers with 24:12 of ice time.

5. THEY SAID IT
"I just saw his helmet was off and he was a little shaken up. I didn't really see it but he is a tough guy. I think he was more mad that he had to go for protocol, then he was for the actual hit. It is good that he is good to go."
- Claude Giroux on the hit on Voracek

"When I feel confident I know I can score. I was thinking about the 5 hole but kind of realized that I'm doing that maybe every time so he might have thought about it and just tried to hold him up a little bit on the forehand and he went down and I put it up."
- Jakub Voracek

"I think an injection of emotion, which we just couldn't find in the second period. We had a pretty good first period. The second period honestly, I thought our guys worked hard and our execution just wasn't quite there. We couldn't get in on a goal the right way and there was not a lot of emotion. It was a pretty big hole to get out of. Getting that one provided a spark for our bench and for sure in our building."
- Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol

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