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POSTGAME 5: Ghost Puts Away Canes

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers
Shayne Gostisbehere scored on the power play 26 seconds into overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over Carolina.  The Flyers took a 2-0 second intermission lead on goals by Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux, with Schenn’s coming on the power play and Giroux’s going down as the Flyers’ first shorthanded goal of the season.  Carolina clawed back in the third, picking up a goal from Victor Rask 7:58 into the frame and then getting the equalizer from Brett Pesce with 3:45 to play.  Sean Couturier then drew a penalty at the start of OT, setting up Gostisbehere’s winner.  Giroux finished the game with three points (1G, 2A) while Jake Voracek had two assists.
Although the official statistics say Sean Couturier lost the opening faceoff in overtime to Victor Rask, he immediately fought his way through Rask to the puck at the Carolina blue line and then carried it to the net with Rask draped over him, eventually drawing the hooking penalty that led to Shayne Gostisbehere’s game-winning power play goal.

1ST – Shayne Gostisbehere: Scored his first NHL game-winning goal on a slapshot from the right point 26 seconds into overtime.  Gostisbehere played 16:56, including 2:11 on the power play; he entered the game seeing more power play time on average per game than any other NHL rookie. 

2ND – Claude Giroux: Recorded his 31st career game of three points or more (1G, 2A) and his first since last December.  The Flyers are 27-3-1 when Giroux has three or more points in a game.  He was also 13-for-20 on faceoffs.   

3RD – Brett Pesce: His goal with 3:45 left in the third period tied the game and forced the overtime.  Pesce also impressed during a second-period stretch where he blocked three Sean Couturier shots in rapid succession, two of them coming eight seconds apart during a Flyers power play and a third after the PP ended.    

Brayden Schenn’s goal at 10:20 of the second period snapped the Flyers’ scoreless skid at 167:54.  Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the fifth-longest scoreless span in team history… Schenn’s first period penalty shot attempt was the first of his NHL career… Giroux’s goal came shorthanded, marking the Flyers’ first shorthanded goal of the season and just the fifth of Giroux’s NHL career… The Flyers held Carolina scoreless on five power-play opportunities and have now killed off 12 consecutive shorthanded situations over the past three games.  It’s the second time this season they’ve gone three in a row without allowing a power play goal… The Flyers scored two of their goals on the power play, going 2-for-4.  It’s the second game of the season where they’ve scored multiple power play goals.   

“We are pushing a lot of small areas in the right direction.  We just have to keep pushing.  I think the feeling and the focus in the locker room is good.  Nobody is comfortable with our win-loss record, and that’s a good thing.  Yet, the work ethic and the focus for the most part has been in the right direction, as we look at it over the last couple of weeks.  We just have to keep pushing on all the areas of our game.  You can’t push fast forward, you just have to keep working day by day.”

 (Dave Hakstol)

 “The main reason why I’m so grateful to be here tonight and have this opportunity is to thank the people that make playing in Philadelphia so special, and the reason why every one of these [Flyers players] behind me never wants to leave once they walk through these doors, and that’s having the opportunity to play in front of some of the most loyal, and passionate, and demanding hockey fans in all the world.”

(Rod Brind’Amour) 

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