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POSTGAME 5: Fight for a point

Flyers mount third period comeback to gain point, drop 5-4 decision to Detroit in a shootout

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers scored three goals on 16 shots in the third period to force overtime, but the Red Wings prevailed in the eventual shootout in Detroit on Tuesday to wrap up the season series.

After a scoreless first period, the game changed to a 3-1 Detroit lead in the span of four minutes in the second - Dylan Larkin (6:08) and Luke Glendening (7:59, SHG) made it 2-0, and after Sean Couturier got one back at 8:53 on the power play, Evgeny Svechnikov made it 3-1 with his first NHL goal at 9:57. 

Matt Read started the comeback with a goal 7:46 into the third, and Shayne Gostisbehere tied it just under two minutes later. After Larkin made it 4-3 with 5:54 to play, Travis Konecny re-tied it 28 seconds later. 

Frans Nielsen's goal in the first round of the shootout was the only one of the session. Alex Lyon absorbed the SOL with 11 saves on 12 shots in 34:36 of action after stepping in for Petr Mrazek, who stopped 13 of 16 shots in 29:57. Jimmy Howard took the win with 27 saves on 31 shots. 

Tonight's turning point came after several different moments of adversity throughout. The Flyers fought back from a 3-1 deficit with just under 15 minutes left in the third period to score two quick goals. Then, after the Red Wings regained the lead, the club didn't surrender and Travis Konecny scored the equalizer by crashing the net with less than five minutes to go... That eventually forced a point and gave the Flyers more opportunities to get the win prior to the shootout.Video: PHI@DET: Konecny deflects home Couturier's feed


1. Dylan Larkin: Recorded his first two-goal game since October of 2016 and third three-point game of the season. 

2. Claude Giroux: Posted three assists for the third time this season and had a three-point game for the eighth time this season. 

3. Evgeny Svechnikov: Recorded his first goal in the NHL in his ninth career game. 


The Flyers fought back in the third period to tie the game, recording three of their four goals and outshooting the Red Wings by a 16-4 margin the final period.Video: PHI@DET: Gostisbehere wires home wrister for PPG

Alex Lyon came in relief to spark the team's comeback. He stopped 11 of 12 shots, including all five shots from the Red Wings in overtime... Among his best saves where a last second save on Danny DeKeyser, who had already had a spectacular save in overtime where he held his ground on a rebound attempt... Tonight's game was the fourth time this season, his rookie campaign, that he has come in relief... When he comes in relief, Lyon has made 59 saves on 61 shots.Video: PHI@DET: Lyon robs DeKeyser in overtime

Sean Couturier's power-play goal was his 30th of the season, the first 30-goal scorer for the Flyers this season... It was also his 100th career goal in the NHL... Couturier also extended his point streak to five straight games - he has seven points (1g-6a) during this stretch.

Claude Giroux's first-period assist was his 660th point as a Flyer, which moves him into sole possession of 5th place all-time on the Flyers leaderboard, passing Eric Lindros... He also assisted on Gostisbehere's power-play goal and Konecny's equalizer in the third period giving him 662 points with 206 goals and 456 assists in 730 games.

Ivan Provorov appeared in his 156th consecutive game as a Flyers to start his NHL career, which now ties the record for most games to start an NHL career as a Flyer with current broadcaster, Chris Therien.

Matt Read scored the first goal of the third period, marking his first goal this season and first in a nearly a year with his last goal coming on Mar. 23, 2017 at Minnesota.

The Flyers take on the New York Rangers for the third time this season and first at the Wells Fargo Center. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Philly network or listen live on 93.3 WMMR. 


Video: Gostisbehere on shootout loss to DET

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