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POSTGAME 5: Flyers shoot down Rangers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
A pair of goals on each side of the ledger sent the game to overtime and a subsequent shootout in which the Flyers prevailed to earn a 3-2 victory.  The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods – Mark Streit opened the scoring at 11:15 of the first and J.T. Miller then tied it up at 13:30.  In the second, Scott Laughton restored the Flyers’ lead 2:07 into the frame, but Derick Brassard evened it again with a power-play goal at 4:48.  After a scoreless third period in which the Flyers outshot the Rangers 18-9, the teams went to what ended up being a scoreless overtime and finally the shootout.  Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers, and Steve Mason made two saves out of the three rounds to wrap up the extra point.
Tonight’s turning point hinged on a no-goal call that would have given the Rangers a 3-2 lead… The call on the ice was no goal from the officials, but the Rangers used the coaches challenge, the first one against the Flyers in franchise history… From the NHL Situation Room - After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed that Jarret Stoll made incidental contact with Steve Mason before the puck crossed the goal line, preventing Mason from doing his job in the crease… The score stood knotted at 2-2 and the Flyers-Rangers battled for the final goal in the shootout.
1ST - Claude Giroux: Scored the game winning-goal in the shootout to give the Flyers their second straight win… He also appeared in nearly 24 minutes of ice time at 23:44 and had five shots on goal which tied for the most of any player on the team.

2ND - Steve Mason: Stopped 37 of 39 shots including all 12 he faced in the third period and overtime, while stopping 2 of 3 Rangers in the shootout, including the final save of the game to clinch the win.

3RD - Henrik Lundqvist: In a losing effort, Lundqvist had an extremely busy night - he stopped 46 of 48 shots, which included all 18 shots he faced in the third period and an additional five in the overtime period.
Tonight’s game was the Flyers’ first shootout win over the Rangers since April 11, 2010, which sent them to the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs… It’s also the first game against the Rangers past regulation since April 3, 2011… Wayne Simmonds recorded an assist in the game to extend his point streak to four games (1g-3a)… Sam Gagner posted an assist to give him at least a point in four of his first five games as a Flyer… Seventeen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters registered at least one shot… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Flyers’ 48 shots on goal are the most they’ve had in a game against the Rangers since April 6, 1978 when they had 50 shots in a 3-0 win at the Spectrum… Radko Gudas was credited with eight hits - he now has 27 hits in five games to lead the Flyers.
“We’ve always had good games against them and tonight was no different. It was a hard fight right until the end and I think the guys really deserved to win tonight. They were working hard and they’re not an easy team to beat.”
(Steve Mason)

“I said this before the game – every night there are two points available. You only have one shot at those two points. That is where your focus is every game night.  Our guys did what we needed to do to build a win tonight. Nights like this sometimes it takes all the way through the last shooter in a shootout.  It went our way in a shootout.”
(Dave Hakstol)

“It was important for us to get this win in shootout. I think last year there was a lot of opportunities in shootout and we were unable to get it. I think we did a good job of getting the two points here.”
(Claude Giroux)
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