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POSTGAME 5: Deja Three

Flyers drop third straight overtime game, 5-4, to the Pens

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers led 3-1 after two periods, but Pittsburgh scored twice in the span of a minute early in the third to tie the game, overcame another Flyers goal late in the period, and went on to win in overtime. 

Jake Guentzel opened the scoring with 3:57 left in the first period; in the second, the Flyers controlled the action with three goals and hit four more posts over the span of the frame. Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a 5-on-3 situation 3:40 into the period, and then Travis Konecny tallied with 4:55 remaining before Sean Couturier found the net with less than 32 seconds before the break. 

Pittsburgh tied it with a power play goal from Patric Hornqvist 1:07 into the third and a second goal from Bryan Rust 39 seconds later. Michael Raffl made it 4-3 with 3:41 to go, but Guentzel answered with the Pittsburgh net empty with 1:04 seconds to go. Sidney Crosby won it with a deflection 1:48 into overtime. 

Brian Elliott faced 52 shots and made a career-high 47 saves, while Tristan Jarry took the win with 10 saves on 12 Flyer shots in just over 24 minutes of play after coming in for an injured Matt Murray, who started the game and made 20 saves on 22 Flyer shots over 35:39 of play.

Tonight's turning point came on the Penguins game-tying goal with 1:04 left in regulation, which came off a shot from the point that caught Jake Guentzel, who was parked just outside the crease. The shot hit Guentzel's hand and then his body and into the net… The goal gave the Pens momentum, which combined with a late power-play off a "puck over the glass" delay of game, eventually led to the game-winning goal in overtime.


1. Jake Guentzel: Recorded his first multi-goal game and first three-point game of the season with two goals and three assists.

2. Sidney Crosby: Scored the game-winner in overtime for a three-point night and played 25:38.

3. Michael Raffl: Recorded his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist.Video: PHI@PIT: Raffl tucks home beautiful goal in front


The Flyers dropped their third straight game in overtime and fifth game past regulation play in the last six outings… Despite the losses, the Flyers have now gained points in eight of their last 11 games and are now tied for the second most games (along with Pittsburgh) that have been played past regulation (8).

This is the longest winless streak for the Flyers since they dropped 10 in a row from Feb. 6-23, 2008 (0-8-2). The Flyers followed that streak with a 12-4-4 run over the final 20 games of the season and eventually reached the Eastern Conference Final.Video: PHI@PIT: Elliott flashes the leather on Crosby

The Flyers struck iron four times in the second period alone… Two from the defensemen, two from forwards… Robert Hagg kicked things off by hitting the post early in the frame. Then it was Nolan Patrick off a great play by Travis Sanheim to free him… Patrick rushed up the ice on a 2 on 1 and fired a shot that beat Murray, but hit the crossbar.

A few minutes later, Jori Lehetera made a nice stretch pass across the ice to find Ivan Provorov, who also found the cross bar with just under six minutes to go in the period. Finally, Danick Martel came racing in off the right side and caught all of the iron dead on with 3:30 left in the second.

Despite that, the Flyers put up three in the second to take a 3-1 lead in the third.

Andrew MacDonald returned to the lineup and resumed his pairing with Ivan Provorov… MacDonald had three shots on goal and appeared in nearly 24 minutes of ice time (23:56), which nearly four minutes was on the team's penalty kill (3:56).

With a pair of assists, and specifically his assist on Sean Couturier's goal at the end of the second period, Giroux now is ninth all-time in Flyers history with 602 points. He passes Flyers Hall of Famer, Rod Brind'Amour, who had 601 in 633 games as a Flyer. Up next, Giroux sits 25 points behind the recently inducted Hockey Hall of Famer, Mark Recchi, who is at 627 points.

The 52 shots against were the most the Flyers have allowed in a game since March 22, 2016 when Columbus posted 53 shots… It's only the 11th game in franchise history where the Flyers have allowed 52 or more shots… It's the most Pittsburgh has ever had in a game against the Flyers, surpassing their previous high of 48 shots on November 16, 1993.
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