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Postgame 5: Flyers Win in OT... and Shootout

Playing their fourth game of the preseason and final one on home ice until opening night of the regular season.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

Playing their fourth game of the preseason and final one on home ice until opening night of the regular season. the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins in overtime by a 2-1 score at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday evening.

After a scoreless first period, Boston's Jack Studnicka and the Flyers' Sean Couturier traded off power play goals over the latter part of the middle frame. The third period was scoreless. Ivan Provorov won the game for the Flyers 50 seconds into overtime.

Carter Hart (24 saves on 25 shots) and Jeremy Swayman (34 saves on 36 shots) were both strong in net for their respective teams.

After the game, the two teams held a practice shootout. Travis Konecny (goal), Keith Yandle and Sean Coutier.shot for the Flyers. Hart went 3-for-3.


TURNING POINT

Couturier started the game winning goal sequence in overtime. Provorov jumped into the rush to take a pass from Konnecy and buried it. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Ivan called game. #BOSvsPHI | #BringItToBroad pic.twitter.com/A4wSKMs1Ke

MELTZER'S TAKE

1) The Flyers had a 9-4 shot edge and a 65.38 percent team Corsi at 5-on-5 against Boston but couldn't pot a goal. Boston had a 12-5 credited hits advantage. Both power plays in the opening period belonged to the Flyers. Philly took 58 seconds of carryover power play time into the second period.

2) Carter Hart's best save of the first period came when Cameron Hughes had a chance in close range off the rush after getting a step on Wyatte Wyile. Wylie then blocked a secondary shot attempt by Boston. On the next shift, Swayman denied an Elliot Desnoyers shot from the bottom of the left circle.

3) Hart denied Anton Blidh with the glove from the bottom of the left circle on a Boston 2-on-1. Later,Oskar Lindblom connected with a pass to Cam Atkinson for a breakaway. Atkinson was hooked enough by Nick Wolff to disrupt the play but create a power play. The Flyers first PP unit applied heavy pressure but couldn't solve Swayman. 

4) WIth Ryan Ellis in the box, Boston scored on its first power play of the game. Anton Blidh put a right side shot off the far post, and Studnicka potted the rebound. Shortly thereafter, teenage prospect Elliot Desnoyers dropped the gloves with NHL regular John Moore near the Boston net and held his own. After James van Riemsdyk drew a hooking penalty on Wolff on a breakaway, the Flyers finally got a puck past Swayman. From the deep center slot, Keith Yandle fed Couturier at the bottom of the right circle and his (potentially partially tipped) shot found the short side as Swayman appeared to get a piece of it but not enough. Second period shots were 17-11 in the Flyers' favor. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: That dish from Yands tho. #BOSvsPHI | #BringItToBroad pic.twitter.com/KuFBh7sRtu

5) Third period shots were 10-8 in Boston's favor as the Bruins sniffed a potential win despite the overall territorial edge (34-25 shots) for the Flyers. Philly's best chance came as Oskar Lindblom hustled in for a puck behind the net and found Morgan Frost driving down the slot. Swayman stopped him point-blank.

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