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Postgame 5: Flyers blank Canucks

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers

Steve Mason made 36 saves, including a second-period highlight-reel stop during a penalty kill, to power the Flyers to a 2-0 win over the Canucks.  Michal Raffl got the Flyers on the board with 3:15 remaining in the first period, scoring a goal right after a power play expired that required video review.   The game stayed 1-0 for most of the remaining time despite each team getting an extended 5-on-3 power play.  Sean Couturier was able to add an insurance goal with 2:50 to play.  Mason earned his first win at home since October 24, while Jacob Markstrom stopped 29 of 31 in the loss.  


    

Vancouver was operating on the power play with about two minutes left in the second period when Alex Burrows received a pass at the goal line just to the right of Steve Mason.  He pulled the puck out in front and took a shot that Mason stopped, with the rebound going left of the net right onto the stick of Alexander Edler.  Mason dove to his right and got his glove on Edler’s bid towards an otherwise gaping net.  The Flyers were able to kill off the rest of the penalty, which included 58 seconds of a Vancouver 5-on-3, and maintain their 1-0 lead. 
    

1ST – Steve Mason: Pitched a 36-save shutout in his first game action since December 8.  It’s the fifth-most saves that Mason has made in his 28 career shutouts.  

2ND – Jacob Markstrom: Made 29 saves in his eighth appearance of the season and his first start since December 5. 

3RD – Michael Raffl: Got his stick in front of a point blast from Evgeny Medvedev to pick up the eventual game-winning goal.  Raffl played 13:01 and was credited with two hits.     

The Flyers earned their first home regulation win since October 14 vs. Chicago.  The Flyers’ seven home wins this year have all either been shutouts (3) or past regulation (3 OTW, 1 SOW)… Vancouver outshot the Flyers 12-4 over the first 13:44 of the game.  The Flyers then outshot Vancouver 24-12 from that point until the end of the second period… The Flyers outhit the Canucks 36-15… Sean Couturier was 16-for-24 (62 pct) on faceoffs.  He took more faceoffs than Claude Giroux did (12-for-20, 60 pct).  Giroux has taken 38.6 percent of the Flyers’ faceoffs this year. 
    

“I just tried to play the net drive there or a pass down low. He made a nice pass there and if you keep your eyes on the puck, that’s a desperation save you might make once every 30 times, but that’s why you make the extra effort. Sometimes you make them. It was a big save at the time, those are the kind of saves that we need.”

(Steve Mason)

“I think we’re playing better as a team. When it comes down to the end of the game I think we don’t panic, we don’t change anything, and we keep playing the way we want to play. You can just feel on the bench that guys are more confident then at the start of the year.”

(Claude Giroux)

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