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POSTGAME 5: Flyers gain a point in OT loss to Flames

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Raffl’s first goal of the year tied the game at 1-1 late in the second period, but a bounce off Mikael Backlund in overtime gave the Flames the 2-1 win.  Josh Jooris put the Flames up 1-0 with a first-period tally, which stood up until Raffl found the net with 35.2 seconds left in the second period.  After a scoreless third period, the Flames finished off the night 35 seconds into overtime on Backlund’s goal, a rebound off a shot from Johnny Gaudreau.  Michal Neuvirth finished the night with 28 saves, while Karri Ramo stopped 26.

The turning point of the game came with the Flyers breaking through the Flames shot-blocking efforts and getting a goal from Michael Raffl to tie the game at 1-1… Giroux battled and gained control of the puck behind the Flames net and fed Raffl out in front who one-timed it just past Karri Ramo for the equalizer… The Flyers gained momentum and additional scoring chances for most of the third period and the first minute of overtime… Raffl’s goal gave the Flyers the extra point and snapped a four-game streak of going pointless in the standings.
1ST - Mikael Backlund: Scored the game-winning-goal in overtime by crashing the net to give the Flames the extra point, and added an assist to record a +1 rating.

2ND - Claude Giroux: Recorded the only assist on Raffl’s goal and went 18-for-26 (69.2 pct) on faceoffs, while recording the most ice-time of any forward in the game (22:35).

3RD - Josh Jooris: He led the Flames in shots with five on the night… He scored the opening goal of the game on a second effort off a breakaway coming out of the penalty box.
Michael Raffl recorded his first goal of the season - it snapped a personal 16-game goalless streak… The Flyers are now scoreless in their last 16 power play attempts in their last seven games dating back to Oct. 21 at Boston - it’s the first time since November 5-19, 2002 that the Flyers have gone seven games without a power play goal; that particular run in 2002 was 0-for-25… Michael Del Zotto led the Flyers in ice time with 23:33, while Flames defenseman TJ Brodie led all players with over 27 minutes of TOI (27:13)… In addition to their 27 shots on goal, the Flyers had 36 shots that didn’t reach the net – 22 that were blocked and 14 that missed… Sean Couturier returned to the lineup tonight and played the second-most minutes he has all season (19:31).
“It was a lot of improvement from the game before. We started a little slow, but as the game went on we got better.  Unlucky goal on the OT but you’ve got to give some credit to the guys. They worked hard and that’s the way we’ve got to play on the road.”
(Claude Giroux)

“Obviously we had a few mistakes, a few turnovers, but I think the guys responded pretty well. We had our chances, but we just didn’t capitalize.  You always lose a point in that extra point, but I think we can build on that and bring that into Winnipeg, keep our legs going and keep our jump and our strong play.”
(Sean Couturier)

“We want to pick up [in Winnipeg] with this same type of effort. This was a gutty road effort by us.  We need to pick up where we left off there.  Things aren’t going well. You’ve got to find a way; you’ve got to push to get over the hump.”
(Dave Hakstol)
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