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POSTGAME 5: Ends with Arizona

Flyers fall, streak ends with loss to Coyotes on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
In the second game of a three-game homestand, the Flyers fell, 3-1, to the Arizona Coyotes at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. 

Phil Kessel and Conor Garland scored for Arizona. Matt Niskanen cut the gap to 2-1 at 6-on-5 before Kessel scored a power play empty netter to seal a 3-1 win for the Coyotes.

Darcy Kuemper earned the win, stopping 28 of 29 shots. Brian Elliott took the loss, stopping 14 of 16 shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Darcy Kuemper (28 of 29 shots)
2nd: Conor Garland (1g)
3rd: Sean Couturier (1a)

TURNING POINT
A rarity so far this season for the Flyers, a PK coverage miscue cost them the first goal of the game. Kessel finished off the back end of a give-and-go saucer pass from Clayton Keller. Although Philly established large-scale territorial control over most of the game, they never made a dent on the score sheet until after the Coyotes got a vital insurance goal.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* The Flyers had some issues dealing with tight checking by Arizona in the first period (shots were 5-5) but picked things up in the latter stages. A shorthanded 2-on-1 chance for Kevin Hayes set up by Scott Laughton and some strong forechecking by Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes represented the sparse highlights for the Flyers. 

* The Flyers had decent offensive zone possession time but lived too much on the perimeter and had trouble completing passes or getting shots through (21 attempts but 10 got blocked and 6 others missed the net).

* The ice was tilted in the Flyers' favor most of the second period (14-3 shot edge) and there was also multiple high-quality chances. It was a frustrating period for Morgan Frost, who had a pair of great looks at the net but couldn't get the puck on net (one blocked, one shot high). Three poor puck decisions on a late period power play -- one each by JVR, Frost and Jakub Voracek -- led to a downer ending to an otherwise strong stanza.

* Garland's rebound goal provided vital insurance for Arizona after the Flyers had again controlled most the territorial play... A late cross-checking penalty on Hayes again put the Flyers in dire straights. Philly again pulled Elliott and pressured 5-on-5 but once the Coyotes got out of the defensive zone, Kessel had an empty-netter.Video: ARI@PHI: Niskanen's wrist shot ricochets into twine

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The loss snaps the Flyers five-game winning streak and is the first loss in regulation on home ice since Oct. 19 (vs. DAL) which snaps an 11-game point streak at home (7-0-4).

* The loss also snaps a three-game winning streak over the Coyotes and a four-game point streak to Arizona.

* Matt Niskanen recorded the lone goal giving a Flyers defenseman a goal for the fourth straight game... Ivan Provorov led the team in ice time with 23:10, which is his lowest time in his last 10 games... Sean Couturier led the team in shots (4).

* Jake Voracek recorded an assist giving him the points lead at home with 15 points (3g-12a) in 15 games on home ice.

* The Flyers will end their three-game homestand on Saturday with a matinee against the Ottawa Senators. Puck drop is 1 p.m. on NBCSP, or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to ARZVideo: Hear from Niskanen, Farabee and Elliott after loss

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