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POSTGAME 5: Giroux Extends Devils' Winless Streak

In the first of four consecutive games against one another, the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New Jersey Devils in overtime, 4-3 (3-2), at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday evening. A late Flyers comeback sent the game to OT.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

In the first of four consecutive games against one another, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Devils via shootout at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday evening. A late Flyers comeback sent the game to OT.

With the shootout loss, the Devils' winless streak extended to 10 straight games. 

Mike McLeod (8th goal of the season) gave New Jersey an early lead in the first period. Sean Couturier (14th) got the goal back.

Miles Wood (16th) restored a lead for New Jersey in the second period. Pavel Zacha(11th) built a two-goal lead midway through the third period.  

With 1:26 left in regulation, Claude Giroux (12th) got the Flyers back within 3-2. Twenty-two seconds later, Giroux tied it.

With his two goals,, Giroux tied and then passed Brian Propp for 3rd on the franchise all-time list. The goals represented his 849th and 850th career points.

Brian Elliott stopped 29 of 32 shots on regulation and OT. Mackenzie Blackwood made 33 stops on 36 shots through 65 minutes.

The Flyers went 0-for-1 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill including an overtime 4-on-3 kill.

Prior to the game, the Flyers announced that defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere would be out seven-to-10 days with an MCL sprain. Samuel Morin re-entered the lineup in his place. Additionally, Nicolas Aube-Kubel exited the lineup in favor of Nolan Patrick.

TURNING POINT

Two setups from James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek to Giroux in a 22-second span turned an impending regulation loss for the Flyers into an OT game. 

In the shootout, Giroux scored a five-hole goal. Jack Hughes shot went off Elliott's glove and wide. 

Couturier scored five hole but Elliott was beaten by Yegor Sharangovich.

Travis Konecny denied by Blackwood. Jesper Bratt outmaneuvered Elliott and scored.

Scott Laughton couldn't beat Blackwood over the pads. Jesper Boqvist failed on his attempt. 

Ivan Provorov and Pavel Zacha were unable to convert their attempts.

Kevin Hayes scored on a forehand to backhand move. Nico Hischier wasn't able to squeeze a shot through Elliott's pads as the game ended.

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MELTZER'S TAKE

1) The Devils came out hustling an ld moving their feet. The Flyers did not. The result was a New Jersey scoring chance in the opening 10 seconds, a Pavel Zacha breakaway at 1:35 and McLeod goal at 4:56 on a 3-on-1. The assists went to Nathan Bastian and Miles Wood.

2) The Flyers gained equilibrium as the first period progressed. A good forechecking shift for Scott Laughton's line begat a Joel Farabee scoring chance off the rush on the next shift, which begat a Philadelphia goal on the one after that. Couturier won the ensuing faceoff back to Ivan Provorov. As Phil Myers shot, Couturier was the last Flyer to get a puck touch on a double-deflected goal at 11:45. Shots favored the Flyers, 16-8, although most of the Philadelphia shots were from the perimeter. 

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3) At 7:03 of the second period, after Bastian outworked both Sam Morin and Myers. With no one else picking up the trailer, Wood went to the net and scored.

4) Overall, the second period was a low-event frame. The Devils had an 11-9 shot edge. Philadelphia took a carryover power play (the game's first for either team) after the Devils were called for too many men on the ice in the final minute. 

5) Nearly five minutes into the third period, the Flyers were unable score on a 3-on-1 of their own. The Devils got an insurance goal at 9:16. Nobody picked up Zacha in the slot on a slow developing play. He took a pass from Jesper Bratt, who was in the right circle, and beat Elliott. 

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