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POSTGAME 5: G-Squared

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux scored the game-winner with 13.6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Flyers past the Jets. The Flyers weren’t able to score in the first period despite controlling play much of the time, but they took care of that quickly in the second period when Mark Streit scored 41 seconds into the middle stanza. Wayne Simmonds doubled that lead about 4 ½ minutes later at the 5:10 mark, but the Jets eventually got both goals back – one from Mark Scheifele 1:18 after the Simmonds tally and the other from Blake Wheeler 2:35 into the third. As the overtime period wound down, Shayne Gostisbehere made a diving play to strip Scheifele of the puck and feed Giroux, who beat Ondrej Pavelec for the winner. Steve Mason earned the win and the game’s first star with 26 saves, while Pavelec made 29. 

If this hockey thing doesn’t work out for Gostisbehere, he might be able to go play infield for the Phillies. Gostisbehere made a diving play to keep a play alive for the second time in the past week, only this time it paid off. There had been a two-on-one with Giroux and Gostisbehere advancing upon the Winnipeg zone, but Mark Scheifele, the lone Jet who was back, broke up Giroux’s pass attempt to Gostisbehere. As Scheifele turned to head up ice, Gostisbehere dove backwards and knocked the puck off Scheifele’s stick and then got up to feed Giroux, who was all alone in front of Pavelec. Giroux’s shot caught a piece of the goaltender, but made it through to give the Flyers the all-important second point.  Gostisbehere made an even more athletic play late in the game to keep a puck in the zone last week in Columbus, but in that case the Flyers couldn’t find the equalizer. Tonight had a better ending.


1. Steve Mason – Turned in another stellar performance, stopping 26 Winnipeg shots.

2. Claude Giroux – His game winner was part of a two-point night. Giroux also had five shots on goal, nine total attempts and was 11-for-18 on faceoffs.

3. Mark Scheifele – had a hand in both Winnipeg goals, scoring one and assisting on the other while playing 23:09. He had three shots on goal, seven total attempts and two takeaways.

 Giroux recorded his seventh career overtime goal, giving him sole possession of the Flyers franchise record. He had been tied with Simon Gagne at six. Giroux also tied Rick MacLeish for 12th place on the Flyers all-time scoring list with 514 career points. Giroux is now four points back of Gary Dornhoefer, who is 11th with 518. It was his 30th career game-winning goal… The Flyers did not face a shorthanded situation in the game, which is the first time that’s happened since March 4, 2012 vs. Washington… The Flyers outshot the Jets 32-28, not allowing a shot until the 9:38 mark of the first period. The Flyers have outshot their opponent in three consecutive games and have had 30 or more shots in four in a row… The Flyers scored their two regulation goals on their first two shots of the second period… The Flyers were credited with 19 blocked shots; Radko Gudas led the way with six of them. He also had five shots on goal, 12 total shot attempts and three hits. Gudas co-led the Flyers in shots with Giroux… The Flyers were 38-for-57 on faceoffs as a team (67 pct). Ryan White won all four draws he took, while Giroux was 11-for 18 (61 pct), Sean Couturier was 15-for-24 (63 pct) and Nick Cousins was 4-for-5 (80 pct).

“It’s funny how since Tim Panaccio got a lower body injury we started playing better. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it.”

(Claude Giroux)

 “That’s why he’s our captain, I think. I don’t think that’s why, I know. He does a lot of great things. It doesn’t matter [if it’s] with or without the puck. He wears his heart on his sleeve the way he plays. He always goes out there and he’s probably one of the hardest working guys on our team. He’s a great example to follow.”

(Wayne Simmonds)

“I thought right from start to finish it was an absolutely great effort by the guys on our bench and in our locker room. They battled and emptied the tank coming off of a pretty tough road trip and a long travel day. The guys battled until the bitter end and that’s what it took.”

(Dave Hakstol)

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