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POSTGAME 5: Flyers hold Lightning at Bay

Complete team effort helps Flyers double up Lightning, 4-2, to end skid

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers fell behind early but came surging back with four of the next five goals to earn a 4-2 victory over the Lightning and snap a five-game winless skid on Saturday. Jakub Voracek recorded two assists and 10 different Flyers recorded at least a point in the victory.

The Lightning got out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Nikita Kucherov off a two-on-one in the first period that saw the Flyers out-shoot Tampa, 14-7.

The Flyers poured it on in the second period, scoring three straight goals kicked off by Travis Konecny, followed by Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl before the Lightning got one back on a power-play goal from Alex Killorn. Radko Gudas scored on a wrap-around goal with just over two minutes left in the period to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead heading into the third.

The Flyers held the Lightning at bay for the third period to preserve the 4-2 lead while Michal Neuvirth stopped 24 of 26 shots in his first game back from injury.Video: Analysis following the Flyers win over the Lightning

The turning point in today's game was a key goal scored by Radko Gudas at the end of the second period. After taking a 3-1 lead, the Lighting got one back and made it a one-goal game with still a whole period and plenty of time left to play. But a rush up ice from Gudas led him around the net while his wrap around attempt deflected off of Anton Stralman and past Andrei Vasilevskiy to help the Flyers regain a two-goal lead heading into the final period. Video: TBL@PHI: Gudas banks puck off of Stralman for goal


1 - Radko Gudas: Recorded the Flyers insurance goal and logged a season high 24:35 of ice time while recording five shots on goal.

2 - Nick Schultz:  His breakaway and possession of the puck later during that play led to his assist on Michael Raffl's game-winning goal.Video: TBL@PHI: Raffl tattoos a slap shot into the twine

3 - Jakub Voracek:  His two assists came on the Flyers first two goals to take the lead and were his 13th multi-point game of the season.


* The Flyers had 44 shots in the game, their second-highest total this season. It's the most they've had in a game against Tampa Bay since January 30, 1999, when they had 44 in a 6-2 win here in Philadelphia. 

* The Flyers picked up their first regulation win since Dec. 14 at Colorado.

* Sean Couturier's goal gave the Flyers their first lead in 227:49 of play, dating back to the third period of the St. Louis game on December 22. 

* Jake Voracek recorded his second straight two-point game with two assists, he leads the Flyers with 26 assists and 39 points.

* Voracek also has 29 of his 39 points in just 22 games on home ice this season.

* Michal Neuvirth started in net for the first time since Nov. 12 vs. Minnesota (a span of 24 games) and earned his first win since Nov. 3 at NYI.

"We knew that game was going to come around. I think after that game against Anaheim and the Rangers we knew we had to win this one. It was a really good hockey game. We put a lot of pucks on net. All four lines were going so that's good."
- Jake Voracek

"Yeah obviously it's going to be a tough 41 games but for us holding onto the wild card and working our way up and maybe getting an even better seat that's our goal. We want to make sure we are liable for each other and leave it out there."
- Radko Gudas

"No I didn't go in with the guys as a group, but just seeing guys in and around after, it's nice to win a hockey game and it's been a while since we've had that feeling, doesn't matter how well you've played in a couple of games along the way. It's important to get the two points, it's important to do it the right way and it's the first of two competitive games we have this weekend. It's time to turn the page and get ready for tomorrow night at 6 o'clock."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Hakstol postgame press conference

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