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POSTGAME 5: Hart Stopper!

Hart, Flyers provide late-game heroics in 2-1 win at Pittsburgh

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Carter Hart stood on his head and Sean Couturier capped off an incredible comeback with just 3.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Flyers a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

With the team battling to a scoreless tie after 40 minutes, the Pens finally solved Hart with Teddy Blueger finding a rebound to give them a 1-0 lead two minutes into the period. James van Riemsdyk then finally solved Matt Murray with 19 seconds left to force overtime before Couturier's heroics.

Hart stopped 41 of 42 shots, including seven in overtime, to earn his first win since Feb. 17 while Murray stopped 36 of 38 in the loss.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Carter Hart (41 sames)
2 - Sean Couturier (OT winner)
3 - Teddy Blueger (1g, +1)

Video: PHI@PIT: Couturier pots game-winner late in overtimeTURNING POINT
Ivan Provorov saved the day. With the Flyers net empty, and late in a shift, Provorov raced Pens forward Nick Bjugstad to the loose puck heading toward the net and won the battle. Instead of a clinching Pens goal, van Riemsdyk scored the equalizer, sending into overtime.

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) On the heels of what happened in Toronto on Friday, the Flyers desperately needed a stable first period. They only generated six shots, and little in the way of scoring chances, but also protected the puck well (only two charged giveaways) and defended pretty well. Carter Hart made eight saves. 

2) A would-be power play goal by Claude Giroux was waved off for goaltender interference by Jakub Voracek. The Flyers challenged the ruling. Upon video review, the goal was allowed. Then the Penguins challenged for Voracek being offside. The goal was again washed out. 

3) Another long whistle free stretch was highlighted by a breakaway save by Hart on Nick Bjugstad and a ten-bell stop on Patric Hörnqvist. Overall, the Flyers spent much of the middle frame hemmed in their own zone. Shots were 18-7 in Pittsburgh's favor.Video: PHI@PIT: Hart makes sprawling save to deny Hornqvist

4) Teddy Blueger peeled off the wall and slipped past Scott Laughton with Robert Hägg and Shayne Gostisbehere contending with players in front to collect a rebound and break a scoreless deadlock at 2:07 of the third period. The sequence started with a failed clearing chance for Hägg,

5) Voracek's five-hole attempt on a 2-on-1 with Giroux was sealed off by Murray. Later, Konecny and then Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin had the game on their sticks but were robbed. Finally, Couturier beat Crosby in the neutral zone, backed in the D and scored the winning goal with 3.4 seconds left in OT. 

JUST THE STATS

* The win moves the Flyers within six points of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild card spot with 10 games remaining.

* Per the NHL Stats Department, the Flyers are the first team in NHL history to defeat the same opponent multiple times in a season in games where they scored a tying goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

* The Flyers end the season series against the Pens with a 3-1-0 record, winning the last two games in overtime.

* Tonight was the first time in NHL history that two coaches challenged the same play... Both coaches also won their challenges - resulting in no goal.

* James van Riemsdyk scored for the third straight game and posted his 25th goal of the season... He has 10 goals in his last 11 games.

* Sean Couturier factored into both goals, scoring the OT winner and assisting on the game-tying goal... It was also his second straight multi-point game.

THEY SAID ITVideo: Hear from Gordon following comeback win over PIT

Video: Hear from the players following comeback win over PIT

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