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POSTGAME 5: Falling just short

Flyers rally comes up short in the final minutes, drop 4-2 loss at Toronto

by @NHLFlyers

Tyler Bozak gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead near the halfway point of the second period and the Leafs held off the Flyers the rest of the way despite a furious late comeback attempt. 

The Flyers scored first, getting a power play goal from Wayne Simmonds 6:09 into the contest. Toronto tied it on a power play goal of its own from William Nylander with 6:03 to play in the frame. Bozak's goal came at the 9:28 mark of the second after he forced a turnover in the Flyers zone and beat Michal Neuvirth with a shot off the inside of the post and in. 

Toronto made it a two-goal lead with 6:16 to play on a power play goal by Mitch Marner. The Flyers got one back with their goaltender pulled when Shayne Gostisbehere put one home with 2:28 to play, but Nazem Kadri later sealed it with an empty-netter. 

Neuvirth stopped 29 in the loss, while Frederik Andersen was spectacular in making 36 saves.

The power-play goal from Mitch Marner right from the face off proved to be tonight's difference maker. The Leafs had just killed off a crucial penalty, and after getting a call of their own, wasted no time in capitalizing. Marner's goal gave the Leafs a two-goal cushion, one that they would need after the Flyers brought it back to within one, but the tally proved to be the game-winner for the Leafs.


1 - Tyler Bozak: Recorded a goal and had an assist on the eventual game-winner, while also posting a +2 rating.

2 - Shayne Gostisbehere: Had a goal and an assist for a two-point game. He also had four shots on goal, seven total attempts and blocked four Toronto shots.Video: PHI@TOR: Gostisbehere blasts one-timer past Andersen

3 - Frederik Andersen: Stopped 36 of 38 shots, including 19 saves in the third period to preserve the win for the Leafs.


* Sean Couturier appeared in his 400th NHL game tonight… Of his draft class, the 2011 NHL Draft, Couturier ranks second in most games played.

* Wayne Simmonds scored his 14th power play goal of the season, which ties him with Brayden Schenn for the league lead in the category.
* Claude Giroux's assist on the Simmonds goal was his 27th power play point of the year, which pulls him into a tie with Phil Kessel for the league lead in that category.
* Valtteri Filppula had an assist, while going 69 percent on face-offs, going 11-for-16.
* The Flyers had 20 shots in the third period, which is their second-highest third period total this season. They had 21 on Nov. 25 vs. NYR. The Flyers finished with 38 shots on goal and 68 total attempts.

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