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POSTGAME 5: Flyers shut down Hawks, 3-0

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves for his second consecutive shutout to lift the Flyers to a 3-0 win.  Sam Gagner opened the scoring with a power play goal 5:35 into the second period, and Claude Giroux followed up with a goal at 16:21.  Matt Read finished off the scoring with 2:35 to play in the contest.  The Flyers went 1-for-6 on the power play and withstood five Blackhawks power plays to improve their record to 2-1-1 on the year and a perfect 2-0-0 on home ice.
The turning point came on a Flyers power-play, but it wasn’t a goal - it was a key save at a key moment… Michal Neuvirth kicked out his right pad to make a perfectly timed save on Marian Hossa who was in all-alone shorthanded… The goal would have tied the game at 1-1 and killed any momentum that the Flyers began the game with… Neuvirth would go on to stop every puck thrown his way, including all 15 in the third period, for a second straight shutout and victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
First: Michal Neuvirth - He stopped all 30 shots that came his way, including a clear-cut Marian Hossa breakaway which would have tied the score at 1-1.

Second: Claude Giroux - The Flyers captain recorded two shots on goal and scored his first goal of the season while playing in his 500th game in the NHL… He also led all Flyers forwards in ice-time at 19:53.

Third: Sam Gagner - Gagner recorded his first goal as a Flyer and second point in as many games, this time coming on the power play.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Michal Neuvirth became the second goaltender in Flyers history to earn shutouts in each of his first two starts with the team - the other was Jeff Hackett (Oct. 9 vs. BUF & Oct. 16, 2003 at SJS)… Neuvirth now has a shutout streak of 132:05 that stretches back to the third period of the Oct. 10 game at Florida… Tonight was the first back-to-back shutout victories the Flyers have recorded since Mar. 8 & 10, 2012… No player recorded more than one point tonight as nine different Flyers registered a point in the contest… The Flyers killed off all five Chicago power plays they faced and have now killed off 12 straight penalties over the past two games… The Flyers have now scored seven goals through the first four games of the season and have scored a goal on the power-play in three of those four games.
“You just play as one team. The five guys on the ice play as one unit and they’ve been there for me. They had a lot of shots from the outside and I was seeing the puck very well so the guys in front of me did very well.”
(Michal Neuvirth)

“I think we’re playing the right way and playing as a team and everyone is buying into the way that we have to play. We’re getting rewarded for how we’re playing and we just have to keep going like that.”
(Claude Giroux)

“It’s huge, especially because we’re going on a five day break. You don’t want to end up with a loss. I think again, we played a solid checking game when they had some scoring chances and we were good in the back of the net.”
(Jake Voracek)
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