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POSTGAME 5: Duck Season

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers

Anaheim jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead with a 15-5 shot advantage and held the Flyers off the rest of the way in an eventual 4-1 win. Rickard Rakell had a pair of first period goals and Chris Stewart converted a penalty shot in the second period to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead after two frames. The Flyers got on the board with a Wayne Simmonds power play goal in the third, but it was all they could get past Frederik Andersen. Andrew Cogliano completed the evening with a late empty-netter. Steve Mason stopped 22 of 25 shots on the evening, while Andersen turned away 28 of 29.

Although the first period was not what the Flyers had in mind, they were showing signs of recovering over the first 12 minutes of the second period. They outshot Anaheim 6-3 and had 20 overall shot attempts during that time to Anaheim’s eight. But when Chris Stewart was awarded and subsequently converted a penalty shot with 7:12 left in the period, it changed the complexion of the comeback the Flyers were attempting. They still continued to outshoot the Ducks over the rest of the game, but the hill suddenly seemed much steeper.

1ST – Rickard Rakell: Recorded his third career two-goal game, with both tallies coming in the first period. Also recorded four hits.   


Corey Perry: Provided the primary assist on both Rakell goals. Perry had two shots and was credited with one block. 

3RD – Shayne Gostisbehere: Assisted on the Flyers’ lone goal to extend his scoring streak to nine games. He was credited with 11 shot attempts, four of which reached the net, and recorded one hit and one blocked shot. 

Gostisbehere is now within one game of the Flyers franchise record 10-game rookie scoring streak set by Mikael Renberg in 1993-94… In addition to his goal, Simmonds had four shots on goal and was credited with eight hits… Radko Gudas blocked six shots and had six of his own blocked… The Flyers outshot the Ducks 24-11 over the last two periods and had 52 shot attempts over the final two periods after having just 11 in the first period. Gostisbehere had 11 total shot attemps, while Claude Giroux had nine… Nick Cousins was 8-for-12 (67 pct) on faceoffs.  Ryan White won all four faceoffs he took.

“… We have to make sure that we push back right away. You can’t go back and get the start back tonight; you can’t get those two points back. We have to as a group make sure whether we’re a little bit tired or in a tough stretch, regardless of all of that there’s pretty important points available two days from now and we have to do a better job. I’m not pointing fingers at guys in the group, we just have to do a better job.”

(Dave Hakstol)


“I don’t think there is anything [to attribute the game to]. I think it just comes down to us, ourselves. Taken three steps forward and three steps back. If we are going to be a playoff team, we’ve got to learn how to figure it out.”

(Shayne Gostisbehere)

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