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POSTGAME 5: Ducks edge Flyers in opener

Flyers fight to the finish, but drop opening game at home to Anaheim

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

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers erased an early deficit to take a 2-1 lead, but Anaheim clawed back with two late goals and left with a 3-2 win. Chris Wagner started the scoring at 11:24 of the first period, giving the Ducks a 1-0 intermission advantage. Wayne Simmonds scored his third of the year on a power play 4:52 into the second to tie things up, and Matt Read potted his fourth on a highlight-reel rush just after the halfway point of the second to make it 2-1. 

Corey Perry tied it just over six minutes later, and then with 8:26 to play, Ryan Garbutt picked up the eventual game-winner. Steve Mason took the loss with 23 saves on 26 Anaheim shots, while John Gibson earned the win with 20 stops.

2. THE TURNING POINT

Corey Perry's goal at even strength seconds after he got out of the penalty box for tripping was the defining moment in the game. Instead of capitalizing on the power play and grabbing a two-goal lead, the Flyers lost the lead as Perry snapped a shot and tied the game back at 2-2 giving the Ducks momentum heading into the third period and eventually scoring the game-winner.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Ryan Garbutt: Scored the lone goal in the third period, which was the game-winner for Anaheim. It was his first goal on the season to give the Ducks their first win of the season.

2 - Matt Read:   Recorded a nifty goal after taking a nice flip pass from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, where he went around the Anaheim D and slid it past John Gibson… It was his fourth goal in the last three games.

3 - Corey Perry: Recorded the game-tying goal and had four shots on net… He now has 16 points (5g-11a) in 14 career games against the Flyers.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Matt Read scored his fourth goal of the season and now has a three-game goal scoring streak, which is his fourth career goal streak of three games or more. His career high is five games from Nov. 13-21, 2011… His last three-game streak was nearly three years ago (Oct. 24-29, 2013).
 
* Wayne Simmonds is also now on a three-game goal scoring streak, which is the 12th such streak of his career. His career high is five games from March 26-April 3, 2012, during which he had six goals.
 
* Jake Voracek registered eight total shot attempts - four on goal and four that didn't reach the net.
 
* Tonight's attendance of 19,982 was the Flyers' largest home crowd since January 20, 2015 when they had the same attendance figure in a 3-2 OT win over Pittsburgh.

5. THEY SAID IT
"Yeah, it's two too many [losses], you lose one game and you hopefully should be able to turn it around. We're in a little bit of a hole here, but it's the beginning of the year, there's no need to panic here."
- Wayne Simmonds

"No, I don't think I'm rushing anything. Teams are not going to slide a free shot from the top. As you can see, it opened up something else. It opened up [Jake Voracek] to [Wayne Simmonds] who had a goal there. So, it's a give and take opportunity down there."
- Shayne Gostisbehere

"We are playing pretty good hockey. We lost a hard one tonight, there are a lot of things we would like to do better. We are going to wake up tomorrow and get right back to work with a confident group, knowing we have a tough game coming up here on Saturday. It's one that we've got to get our focus in on."
- Dave Hakstol

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