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POSTGAME 5: Five Alive!

Flyers post five unanswered goals in the third period to storm back and beat Columbus, 7-4

by @NHLFlyers

Down 4-2 halfway through the third period, the Flyers scored five times in less than nine minutes to flip that deficit into a 7-4 win and snap a five-game winless streak against Columbus.  

Jake Voracek opened the scoring against his former team with 5:09 left in the first period, but Boone Jenner tied it with 2:34 to play and Pierre-Luc Dubois make it 2-1 2:28 into the third. James van Riemsdyk picked up a power play goal with 2:21 left in the second, but the Jackets answered with another goal from Jenner 43 seconds later and then Josh Anderson made it 4-2 2:15 into the third period. 

Shayne Gostisbehere started the comeback with 9:08 left in the contest, and after van Riemsdyk tied it with 7:23 to play, Kevin Hayes picked off a pass during a penalty kill and scored on a shorthanded breakaway to give the Flyers a 5-4 advantage with 5:36 left. Michael Raffl added an empty-netter and then Travis Konecny closed things out with a power play goal with 14 seconds to play. 

Brian Elliott took the win with 22 saves on 26 shots, while Joonas Korpisalo made 39 saves on 45 shots faced.

Three Stars:
1st: James van Riemsdyk (2g-1a)
2nd: Kevin Hayes (1g-2a)
3rd: Jakub Voracek (1g-2a)

The last 10 minutes of the third period was the turning point, but no moment was bigger than Kevin Hayes shorthanded breakaway that put the Flyers up for good... A D-to-D play at the point from Cam Atkinson who attempted to send it back to Ryan Murray was picked off by Hayes and he was off the races. A deke to his backhand, then forehand was initially stopped, but the rebound came right back on Hayes stick who lifted it over Korpisalo and gave the Flyers a 5-4 lead with 5:37 left in regulation.Video: CBJ@PHI: Hayes steals puck, scores SHG to break tie

* The first period was a disjointed, penalty-filled stanza. The two teams traded off one goal apiece that went in the respective goalie's backs.

* Justin Braun gave up a little too much space to Pierre-Luc Dubois on the Blue Jackets goal that made it 2-1. 

* Korpisalo atoned for the leaky goal he allowed in the first period with back-to-back breakaway saves on Sean Couturier (off a great pass by Oskar Lindblom) and then Matt Niskanen after the defenseman exited the penalty box... The stops were, up until that point, the turning point in the game.

* Boone Jenner's second goal of the game could have been a backbreaker for the Flyers, and when the deficit grew to two goals, things seemed bleak. The comeback that followed-- capped by Hayes' shorthanded goal-- showed the Flyers' resiliency. 

* The Flyers scored five goals in a third period for the first time since December 19, 2013, which was also a game against Columbus at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers trailed 3-0 after two periods and 4-2 with 11:35 to play before scoring three times in the final 4:39; Claude Giroux had both the game-tying and game-winning goal in the final four minutes.

* The Flyers are now 2-0-0 against Metro Division opponents, outscoring them 11-4 in the process.

* James van Riemsdyk posted two goals and an assist to give him back-to-back multi-point games... He has five points (3g-2a) in his last two outings.Video: CBJ@PHI: van Riemsdyk has puck go in off skate

* Kevin Hayes posted a shorthanded goal, which turned out to be the game winner, and two assists for his first three-point night as a Flyer.

* Claude Giroux recorded an assist and a plus-minus rating of +4.

* Travis Sanheim logged the most minutes of any Flyer tonight with 24:42 of TOI, nearly three minutes more than the second-most Flyer (Provorov - 20:50).

* Konecny's power-play goal at the end of the game now gives him points in eight of the first nine games... He also has nine points (5g-4a) in five home games.

Video: Hear from Flyers coach following win over CBJVideo: Hayes, van Riemsdyk and Elliott

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