POSTGAME 5: Flyers rally for comeback win over Bruins
/ Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers fell into a two-goal deficit after two periods despite taking two one-goal leads in the first period, but recovered with two third-period goals to tie it before an overtime winner by Claude Giroux earned them a 5-4 victory in Boston. The teams traded goals over the course of the first period en route to a 2-2 tie after one period, with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Sam Gagner providing the Flyers goals. The second period was all Boston, with goals from Chris Kelly and Jimmy Hayes giving the Bruins a 4-2 advantage at the second intermission. Giroux got the rally going 7:48 into the third period to make it 4-3, and Wayne Simmonds then tied it at 10:24. Giroux’s OT goal came 2:04 into the overtime during a 4-on-3 power play. Mark Streit assisted on each of the Flyers’ final three goals, and Jake Voracek assisted on two of them. Michal Neuvirth started and made 10 saves on 12 shots before leaving after one period with an upper-body injury; Steve Mason stopped 16 of 18 the rest of the way to earn the win.
With injuries, back-and-forth lead changes and end-to-end action, tonight’s turning point came at the 6:34 mark into the third period when he robbed David Pastrnak of a wide open slam dunk goal which would have given the Bruins a 5-2 lead at the time… The Flyers answered just over a minute later with Claude Giroux’s goal to bring them within one… Steve Mason fought off all six shots he faced in the third period and one in overtime to steal a victory for the Flyers.
1ST - Claude Giroux: Posted a two-goal night, including the game-winning-goal in overtime to bring the Flyers back from a two-goal deficit in the third period.
2ND - Patrice Bergeron: He recorded a goal and an assist to even things up for the Bruins when they fell behind, 1-0 and 2-1 in the contest… It was his second straight multi-point game.
3RD - David Krejci: He had two assists to record his third multi-point game in his last four contests and continues to lead the Bruins in scoring with 11 points in six games.
The win snapped a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) for the Flyers against Boston… They hadn’t beaten the Bruins since April of 2013 and had been swept in the season series each of the last two years… Giroux scored on the Flyers only shot on goal in overtime - it was his sixth career overtime game-winning goal and his 16th career two-goal game… Giroux also led the Flyers with five shots and was credited with four hits… Mark Streit tied a career high with three assists… It was only the second time that all three assists came in the third period or later… Michal Neuvirth’s shutout streak ended at 145:33 with Brett Connolly’s goal at 13:28 of the first period.
“First two periods was not the game that we wanted to play. Third period tonight was the same we did against Dallas. I think we have to find a way to play 60 minutes like that. But that game feels really good right now.” (Claude Giroux)
“It’s a tough thing to do. “It’s very much a tight group in terms of being a team game and a team atmosphere. That’s hard to do. We obviously didn’t get our focus quite where we needed it to be because we didn’t get off to a good start, but we survived the period and most importantly we were able to regain it after the second.” (Dave Hakstol)