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POSTGAME 5: Gud Night and Gud Luck

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Radko Gudas had a career night to lead the Flyers’ charge as they topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-0. It started when Gudas fed Michael Raffl for a tip-in goal just 3:20 into the contest, and continued when Gudas fired a slapshot from the red line that eluded McElhinney for his first goal as a Flyer. Then in the final three minutes of the second period, the Flyers potted two goals in ten seconds – the first from Sam Gagner, on which Gudas picked up an assist, and the second from Claude Giroux. The Flyers then picked up two more quick ones in the third – Nick Cousins scored a goal that was awarded on video review at the 10:03 mark, and then Gudas scored his second of the night 26 seconds later. Steve Mason made 19 saves for his 30th career shutout, his 11th as a Flyer and his fourth of the season. Curtis McElhinney turned away 30 Flyers shots. 

The Flyers were up 2-0 late in the second period, but the Blue Jackets were hanging around and generating chances. Sam Gagner put an end to that with a strong defensive play followed by a two-on-one with Michael Raffl on which he called his own number and beat McElhinney high short side. Claude Giroux scored 10 seconds pater to put the game in the Flyers’ favor for good. 

1. Radko Gudas: Not only was it his first career four-point game, but it was only his second multi-point game at all in his career. It was also his first multi-goal game. He had seven shots on goal, 12 total attempts, five hits and was plus-4. 

2. Steve Mason: Earned his 30th career shutout in his first game action since February 20. Mason made 19 saves, four of which came during a four-minute Columbus power play in the third period. 

3. Michael Raffl: Had a goal, an assist and was plus-3 with four shots on goal. 

Gudas recorded the first four-point night for a Flyers defenseman since Kimmo Timonen (1G, 3A) on March 31, 2013 vs. WSH, the first four-point night involving two goals for a Flyers defenseman since Andrej Meszaros (2G, 2A) on April 9, 2011 vs. NYI, and the second two-goal game for a Flyers defenseman this season (Del Zotto, Jan. 7 at MIN)… Also per Elias, the Flyers’ two goals 10 seconds apart in the second period were their fastest since April 13, 2014, when Kimmo Timonen and Wayne Simmonds scored 10 seconds apart in the second period vs. Carolina… The last time the Flyers scored more than six goals in a shutout win was February 18, 2013 in a 7-0 win at NYI. The last time they did it at home was January 11, 1999 in an 8-0 win over NSH. It’s only the third time the Flyers have done that at the Wells Fargo Center since the building opened in 1996, and it’s the 20th time in their history overall that they’ve done it at home… The last time the Flyers scored six or more goals in a game where all of them were even strength was December 20, 2014 in a 7-4 win at TOR… Seventeen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal. All 18 Flyers skaters were at least a plus-1… Andrew MacDonald led the Flyers with six blocked shots.

“Yeah, it’s a wonder [Gudas] hasn’t scored yet. He’s got probably the hardest shot I’ve ever faced. I’ve asked him to take a little bit off of his shots in practice just because it hurts when it hits you. Pretty unique two goals to start of his career here with the Flyers, so I’m real happy for him. He got a couple of assists here tonight too, so a big effort from a pretty important guy.”

(Steve Mason)

"Unbelievable. I asked him earlier this week if he scored yet and he said no and sort of put his head down. So when he got one he got two. He played one hell of a game back there. He brings a physical element back there to our D-corps. He’s one of those guys you want on your team and we’re happy to have him.”

(Nick Cousins)

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