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POSTGAME 5: Flyers fall in seesaw battle with Coyotes

Flyers wrap up season series with Coyotes with 5-4 loss

by @NHLFlyers /

The Flyers made another strong attempt to come back from an early deficit, but couldn't quite pull ahead of the Coyotes and dropped a 5-4 decision. Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the game's first 12 minutes, first on a goal by Jamie McGinn 7:33 into the contest and then on a tally by Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 8:38 remaining in the frame.

The Flyers rebounded by controlling the second period, outshooting Arizona 13-4 and scoring the period's only two goals, first from Nick Cousins at 9:34 and then a power play tally from Brayden Schenn with five minutes remaining in the second. The Coyotes fought back in the third, scoring a pair of goals in somewhat unconventional situations - one from Martin Hanzal while a fight was developing back at center ice and a shorthanded goal from Brad Richardson that was reviewed and then challenged, but stood.

The Flyers pulled back within a goal 24 seconds later on a point drive from Andrew MacDonald that made it 4-3. But then former Flyer Ryan White found a hole over Steve Mason's shoulder with 4:19 to play, putting the Coyotes back up by two. Wayne Simmonds scored a power play goal with just under 15 seconds left, but the Flyers weren't able to find the equalizer. Steve Mason made 20 saves in absorbing the loss, while Louis Domingue stopped 28 of 32.


Tonight's turning point came perhaps in a split second in which a fight developed with Brayden Schenn and Jacob Chychrun, while simultaneously Martin Hanzal scored a goal on a 2-on-1 that gave the Coyotes back the lead, 3-2, after surrendering a 2-0 lead early on. A quick goal from Brad Richardson shorthanded gave Arizona a two-goal lead which they would never relinquish despite a Flyers push.


1 - Brad Richardson: Led the Coyotes with a goal and an assist, while logging over five minutes of shorthanded time on ice.

2 - Brayden Schenn: Playing on a new line to start the game, Schenn recorded a goal and two assists for a three-point night, including a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

3 - Martin Hanzal: Recorded a goal and over 20 minutes of ice time, while posting four shots on goal, the most of any Coyote.


* Claude Giroux posted an assist to extend his point streak to seven games, the longest in the NHL so far this year.

* Giroux now has nine assist, which leads all players in the NHL.

* Travis Konecny recorded an assist in the game - he now has points in six of the first eight games to his NHL career and ranks third among all NHL rookies with seven points (1g-6a).

* Dale Weise returned from his three-game suspension and recorded his first point as a Flyers with an assist.

* Jake Voracek recorded six shots on goal, leading the team. Voracek now has 33 shots on the season, which ties him for second in the NHL.

* The Flyers dropped both games of a season series against Arizona for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

"Yeah the whole team, as a team we need to make sure were on that same page, I thought we were, the first was kind of ugly, that's why we lost."
- Claude Giroux

"I don't know, we'll address it. Tonight you know what, two nights ago we didn't have a poor start; we played a good first period two nights ago. Tonight we were bad. We didn't play well to start this game; we didn't have the intensity to begin the game at the drop of the puck. It wasn't there. We have to address that, we have to get better."
- Dave Hakstol

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