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POSTGAME 5: Czech Konnection

Flyers sparked by Konecny return, Kase gets first goal, Voracek tallies in 4-1 win over Ducks

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-1 at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. 

Carter Hart was nothing short of outstanding in goal, both in terms of quantity and quality of saves. He stopped 40 of 41 shots and no had chance on the only one that got past him. At the other end, John Gibson was solid in stopping 27 of 30 shots but Hart was just a little bit better.

After a scoreless first period, Claude Giroux and David Kase built a 2-0 lead for the Flyers. Rickard Rakell got one back for the Ducks on a double-deflection tally. Jakub Voracek restored a two-goal margin the third period, and the Sean Couturier added an empty netter in the waning seconds of the game.

Three Stars:
1st: Carter Hart (40 saves)
2nd: David Kase (1st NHL Goal)
3rd: Claude Giroux (1g-1a)

TURNING POINT
The Flyers were clinging to a 2-1 lead as they faced a huge penalty kill in the third period with Matt Niskanen in the box. Philly staged a strong kill. Not long thereafter, Voracek led a 2-on-1 with Morgan Frost, electing to shoot and beating Gibson for a huge goal.Video: ANA@PHI: Voracek buries 2-on-1 goal after turnover

MELTZER'S TAKE
* The Flyers came out with a lot of energy early in the first period, and the top line set the right tone by hemming the Ducks in their own end. As the period progressed, however, Anaheim controlled a large swatch of the frame. 

* A strong penalty kill by the Flyers on the game's first penalty stabilized things. Philly made a latter first period push. Shots were 16-12 in Anaheim's favor (shot attempts 21-17). Gibson made a great save on Sean Couturier off a perfect feed by Claude Giroux on Philly's best chance of the opening period.

* The Flyers generated a lot of early pressure again in the second period and broke through this time to build a 2-0 lead. A tic-tac-toe goal -- the tac being a quick shot fake and tape-to-tape pass by Travis Konecny to Giroux -- gave the Flyers' captain a tap-in. The lead grew to 2-0 on another nice puck movement sequence from Morgan Frost to Travis Sanheim and then Kase won a positional battle in front to tip home his first NHL goal -- with his parents in the stands and his brother watching from the bench on the Anaheim side.Video: ANA@PHI: Giroux finishes off pretty passing play

* Hart had no chance on a double-deflected Rickard Rakell power play goal that cut the Anaheim gap to 2-1. The Flyers netminder was again very strong in turning back 11 of 12 shots in the second period, including one very shortly after the Rakell goal.

* Hart was stout in the third period yet again, and the Flyers came up with a pair of key penalty kills sandwiched around Voracek's insurance goal. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers snapped a three-game losing skid with the win... They had four different players record a goal and were led by Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier who each had a goal and an assist.

* Carter Hart has won his last five home games going 5-0-0 with a 1.41 GAA and .953 save percentage... He also ran his home record to 9-1-2 this season with a .944 save percentage and 1.57 GAA.

* David Kase scored his first NHL goal in his third NHL game... It came while playing against his brother, Ondrej Kase on Anaheim.

* Travis Konecny returned to the lineup after missing the last three games... He recorded an assist and a +2 on 17:02 of ice time.

* The Flyers take on the Buffalo Sabres for the first time this season on Thursday. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic.

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Flyers coach following win over ANAVideo: Hear from Kase, Konecny and Hart following win

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