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POSTGAME 5: Ghost Does It Again

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

A bizarre back-and-forth third period ended with the game tied at 4-4, but Shayne Gostisbehere took care of that in just 29 seconds to give the Flyers a 5-4 win and extend his point streak to 15 games. The Leafs struck first on a goal by Shawn Matthias 1:29 into the game, but the Flyers seized the lead on goals 39 seconds apart from Sam Gagner (8:56) and Jake Voracek (9:35). The lead grew to 3-1 only 57 seconds into the second period on a goal by Brayden Schenn, which ended the evening of Leafs starter Jonathan Bernier. From there, Toronto scored the next three goals, picking up one from Nick Spaling at 11:57 of the second and then a pair in quick succession in the third, one from Peter Holland at 3:16 and one from Byron Froese at 4:32. Just 32 seconds later, Matt Read re-tied the game and it went to extra time, when Gostisbehere ended it just 29 seconds in off a feed from Voracek. Steve Mason started the game and departed in the third period after playing 43:30, in which time he allowed three goals on 14 shots. Michal Neuvirth came on in relief and took the win with nine saves on 10 shots in 16:59.

Matt Read's third-period goal 5:04 into the third helped avert disaster for the Flyers, who were reeling from a "net loss" of three goals in 1:16 after Toronto scored twice and the Flyers had a goal disallowed in that timespan early in the third. Read's tally stopped the bleeding just 28 seconds after the bizarre sequence ended.     

1 – Shayne Gostisbehere: Extended his scoring streak to 15 games with his game-winning goal. He did not have a point in the game prior to that. He is the first NHL defenseman to have a 15-game scoring streak since Chris Chelios did so in 1995-96.

2 – Nazem Kadri: Recorded two assists, the second of which came after a series of dazzling moves that beat three different Flyers en route to setting up Toronto's first goal of the third period. 

3 – Brayden Schenn: Registered a goal and an assist while going 14-for-19 (74 percent) in the faceoff circle after moving back to center due to Claude Giroux's injury. 

Nine different Flyers, including Schenn, took faceoffs in the game. Prior to tonight, 68.4 percent of the Flyers’ faceoffs this season were taken by either Claude Giroux (40.1 percent) or Sean Couturier (28.3 percent), both of whom missed the game... It was just the seventh game Giroux has missed in more than 6 1/2 seasons. The Flyers are 3-3-1 in those games... Gostisbehere now has four overtime goals this season, which is second in the NHL only to the five scored by Jonathan Toews... The Flyers had two goals disallowed due to incidental contact with the goaltender – one in the second period and one in the third... Radko Gudas led the Flyers with eight hits.

 “He’s unbelievable. He’s extremely confident. He always wants the puck out there. On the 3-on-2’s he’s always yelling for the puck. He wants it on his stick and that’s good. Fifteen games with a point, it’s absolutely incredible what he’s doing right now. It’s nice to see him get one.”

--Brayden Schenn, on Shayne Gostisbehere

“It’s a little bit tough, but we’ve got a good group of guys in here. We’re all battling for each other. I thought tonight was a good example. G goes down and everyone stepped up. I thought Nick Cousins was great. I thought Brayden Schenn was great moving back to the middle. All our centermen, they played great and we just tried to limit the mistakes we made. We knew we were a little shorthanded. We just wanted to come out with a positive outcome and we did.”

--Wayne Simmonds
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