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by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers jumped out to a two-goal lead for the first time in the series and held on for a 2-1 win over Washington in Game 4. Shayne Gostisbehere celebrated his 23rd birthday with the Flyers’ first power play goal of the series 5:51 into the first period, and Andrew MacDonald followed up with his second career playoff goal 3:51 into the second. T.J. Oshie scored 2:38 into the third, but that was all the Caps got past Michal Neuvirth among their 31 shots. Braden Holtby stopped 23 of 25 in the loss.

Gostisbehere’s marker just under six minutes into the second period gave the Flyers a completely new breath of fresh air after going 0-for-13 over the first three games of the series. It gave the team some much-needed momentum and brought the crowd into the contest, and they were able to further that with MacDonald’s goal early in the second. 

1. Michal Neuvirth – stopped 31 of 32 shots in his first action of the series. It was only his second game since March 16. 

2. Shayne Gostisbehere – snapped a long power play drought with his goal, which was the type of tally that helped pull the Flyers back into a playoff spot late in the season. He led the Flyers with five shots on goal. 
3. Wayne Simmonds – recorded two assists for his sixth career multi-point playoff game, while also recording four hits and a blocked shot. 

Per the NHL Network, this game was the first playoff win in Flyers history in which all their goals were provided by defensemen… The Flyers were outshot for the first time since Game 1… The Flyers blocked 28 Washington shots. Radko Gudas led the way with seven blocks while Nick Schultz had six; Schultz now has 16 blocks in the series, which ranks first among all players in the playoffs. Gudas has 13, which is tied for fourth… The Flyers outhit the Capitals 43-38. Colin McDonald and Brayden Schenn each had seven hits, while Gudas had five.

“It’s a never say die attitude over here. We’re fighting for our lives right now. We’re going to be fighting for our lives every single game.”

(Wayne Simmonds)

“We’re not too worried about digging out a 3-0 hole right now. We came here today to win a hockey game. Now we’ve got to go on the road and to their building, we got to win a hockey game. It’s pretty simple. We get one more and then we’ll worry about the next one. Our team’s had a real short-term memory and a real kind of mixed up mentality all year long. I think that’s part of the reason why our group has showed the resiliency that it has. That comes from our leadership group. Tonight is one win. It’s nothing more special than that, but it means we come back to the rink tomorrow. We begin to prepare and try to win a hockey game two days from now.”

(Dave Hakstol)

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