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POSTGAME 5: Foiled In The Desert

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers

Arizona goaltender Mike Smith stopped nearly everything that came his way, not allowing a goal until the final minute as the Coyotes topped the Flyers 2-1. After a scoreless first period, Arizona picked up two second period goals, one from Shane Doan at 15:37 on a power play and the other from Michael Stone as time expired in the second period. The Flyers pulled Steve Mason with three minutes remaining and later benefitted from a five-minute major called against Martin Hanzal, which resulted in a power play goal for Sean Couturier with just under 40 seconds remaining. But they couldn’t get the equalizer past Smith, who took the win with 34 saves. Steve Mason stopped 15 Coyote bids in the loss. 


As the clock wound down in the second period, the Coyotes were cycling in the Flyers zone while Brandon Manning and Max Domi tangled in front of the Flyers net. Domi bumped into Mason and the goaltender’s mask appeared to be knocked askew, leaving him unable to see Stone’s shot from the point enter the net just ahead of the buzzer. The Flyers appealed, claiming goaltender interference, but the challenge was not upheld, and the tally ended up being the game-winner.

 

1. Mike Smith – Turned aside several Flyers chances on a game that ended up coming down to a one-goal margin. He was 40 seconds away from his first career shutout of Philadelphia.

2. Zbynek Michaek – was a key penalty killer, playing 4:07 of shorthanded time.

3: Boyd Gordon – perhaps the same as above. He played 3:50 of his 13:04 in shorthanded situations, blocked a shot and was 10-for-18 on faceoffs.


The Flyers’ effort to equalize over the final 2:15 was made more difficult with the loss of Claude Giroux, who absorbed Hanzal’s hit, as well as both Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, who were penalized in the aftermath… Arizona’s power play goal snapped a streak of 19 consecutive penalties killed off by the Flyers and was their first power play goal allowed after six straight games of perfect performance. It was only the second power play goal the Flyers have allowed in the month of March… The Flyers had a streak snapped of six consecutive road games with at least a point. They finish this four-game road trip with five of a possible eight points… Jake Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere led the Flyers with five shots apiece. Voracek had nine total shot attempts… Radko Gudas had three shots on goal, five total attempts and was credited with four hits and two blocked shots… The Flyers remain tied with the Detroit Red Wings in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but currently hold that eighth seed based on points percentage, having played one fewer game. They sit four points back of the New York Islanders and five back of Pittsburgh, both of which won on Saturday.

 

“We’ve overcome some tough things. We bounced back in Colorado, coming back late there. We played hard in all four games. It’s a tough trip, tough travel. It would have been nice to get this one, but we’ll put it behind us quickly and get ready to go back home and have a good homestand.”

(Steve Mason)

We’ve battled hard this entire road trip. We battled pretty hard tonight, but we came up on the short end. We made some progress, and we go home off this road trip in control of our own destiny. It’s a disappointing end to the road trip, but overall it was a good trip and a  small step forward.” 

(Dave Hakstol)

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