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POSTGAME 5: Hab a Good One

by Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers opened up a 3-1 lead and held on for a 4-3 victory over Montreal.  The teams traded goals in the first period, with Brayden Schenn opening the scoring on a breakaway 5:06 into the contest and Alex Galchenyuk tying it at 14:14 of the frame.  In the second, the Flyers got goals five minutes apart from Shayne Gostisbhere (3:20) and Wayne Simmonds (8:12) to build the two-goal lead, which was shortened by a Brandon Gallagher goal with 2:57 remaining in the second.  Sean Couturier re-established the two-goal advantage 5:41 into the third period.  Daniel Carr barely put a puck over the line with 55 seconds remaining, which closed out the scoring.  Michal Neuvirth stopped 21 of 24 shots, while Ben Scrivens turned away 27 of 31. 


                    

Brayden Schenn’s breakaway goal 5:06 into the game cemented what Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol wanted out of the game – a better start.  The Flyers had allowed the first goal in five consecutive games and did so in nine of the 12 games in the month of December.  Although the teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, Schenn’s goal and the Flyers’ 12-4 shot advantage in the first period allowed them to avoid chasing the game.
    

1ST – Shayne Gostisbehere: Recorded his third multi-point game out of 22 played this season. His goal 3:20 into the second period helped the Flyer regain momentum lost from a combination of Montreal’s late first-period goal and its successful kill of a Flyers power play at the start of the second.  The subsequent Simmonds goal that gave the Flyers a two-goal lead was the redirection of another Gostisbehere slapshot from the point. 

2ND – Brayden Schenn: Posted a goal and two assists for his sixth career three-point game, which came on his first night playing on a new line with Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl. Schenn also had six hits and two takeaways. 

3RD – Sean Couturier: Also recorded a multi-point game with the eventual game-winning goal and an assist for setting up Schenn’s first-period breakaway.  Couturier had four shots on goal, two hits and blocked two shots. 
    

Brayden Schenn tied a career high with three points.  It’s his sixth career three-point game, all with Philadelphia, and his first since April 5, 2015 vs. Pittsburgh… The Flyers blocked 25 Montreal shots, seven of which were blocked by Radko Gudas.  Gudas also had six hits, one of three Flyers to lead the team.  The Flyers outhit the Canadiens 41-25… Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and an assist and now has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points on the season, which ties him for the league lead among rookie defensemen and ties him for seventh among all NHL rookies… Gostisbehere and Montreal’s Daniel Carr both scored in the game; the two were assistant captains on the Union College team that won the 2014 NCAA championship at the Wells Fargo Center… The Flyers are now 8-0-1 in their last nine games on home ice vs. Montreal dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season.
    

“It’s definitely good to get the first win of the New Year especially in front of our fans. We had a tough West Coast trip. We didn’t really play our hockey but we got back to it tonight.”

(Shayne Gostisbehere)

 “This was a huge game for us and we knew that we had to be ready. It was a great team effort and it’s definitely going to be a better practice tomorrow.”

(Michal Neuvirth)

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