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POSTGAME 5: Flyers Fall to Kings in shootout

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with less than nine minutes to play in regulation, but the Kings scrambled for a goal in the final minute with an extra attacker, and then scored the only goal of the shootout to take the 3-2 win.  Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first NHL goal on a power play 3:41 into the contest, which was equalized with 4:54 left in the frame by a goal from Jamie McBain.  Giroux’s goal came at 11:11 of the third, and with the net empty at the other end, a pinballing puck first hit the post and eventually worked over the line for a goal credited to Milan Lucic.  The teams combined for 10 shots in overtime, but both Steve Mason and Jonathan Quick were stellar.  Anze Kopitar was the lone successful shooter.  Mason made 38 saves in absorbing the SOL, while Quick stopped 36 of 38.

Proving that hockey can be a game of inches, a point shot from Jake Muzzin pinballed off two people before hitting the left post.  Steve Mason reached back with his stick, but just barely missed swatting the loose puck out of the crease, and Lucic was able to then poke it home.  Later, in overtime, Claude Giroux's breakaway was thwarted by one of Jonathan Quick's patented pokechecks.
1ST - Anze Kopitar: His top-shelf snipe was the only goal of the shootout.  Otherwise, the Flyers were able to shut down the dependable center, holding him to zero shot attempts of any kind.

2ND - Claude Giroux: He set up Shayne Gostisbehere's goal and scored the equalizer himself, taking a pass from Jake Voracek and catching Jonathan Quick off guard with a fast wrister along the ice.  Giroux also had the best faceoff night of his career, going 24-for-28 (85.7 pct) on draws.  He won 13 of 15 from Kopitar and 8 of 10 from Jeff Carter. 

3RD  Shayne Gostisbehere: After assisting on the game-tying goal Saturday, Gostisbehere scored his first NHL goal on the Flyers' first power play of the game.  Gostisbehere had seven total shot attempts, four of which were on net, and led the Flyers in power play time on ice at 5:38. 
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Giroux’s 85.7 faceoff percentage is a career high in games where he’s taken 10 or more facoffs.  His previous career best was an 85.0-percent night (17-for-20) on March 20, 2012 vs. Florida... Radko Gudas was credited with eight hits and Luke Schenn picked up seven... Brayden Schenn recorded a career-high eight shots in his first game of the season on a line with Giroux and Jake Voracek.  Schenn’s previous career high was seven shots at Detroit on Oct. 12, 2013.
“It's a dream come true.  Every kid who has ever played hockey wants to play in the NHL let alone score a goal.   I mean it's really a dream come true.  I really didn't know what to do out there, I was just very happy.”
(Shayne Gostisbehere, on his first NHL goal)

"We’ve just got to keep pushing forward. Keep building on good performances, and we were able to do that tonight. Again, we played hard, and had a lot of good to our game tonight. There's probably a thing or two to learn about the goal we did give up late in the period. In saying that, we did a lot of things right on that play as well in terms of including getting a piece to block that shot. A bounce of the puck and it’s in the back of our net. We will take the positives, push forward, and have an effort we can build off of going into Thursday night.
(Dave Hakstol)

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