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POSTGAME 5: Heartbreak in Boston

Flyers drop 3-2 game to Bruins in final minute of regulation

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
A hard fought game on both ends through 59 and half minutes ended in heartbreak for the Flyers, who dropped a 3-2 decision with 22 seconds left in Boston on Thursday night.

Brad Marchand knocked in a loose puck with 22 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Bruins their second win of the season against the Flyers.

The game opened with the Flyers getting on the board first as Jake Voracek capitalized on a four-minute double minor from the Bruins. Riley Nash scored the equalizer midway through the first and Brian Gionta scored on a breakaway with 26 seconds left to give Boston a 2-1 lead after 20.

Jori Lehtera scored on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush in the second period to knot it up and that's the way it stayed until Marchand's winner. Alex Lyon received the start for the Flyers - he stopped 24 of 27, while Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of 33 for the win.

TURNING POINT
Tonight's turn points came in the final 30 seconds on the game-winning-goal by Marchand. A result from an offensive zone faceoff due to a Flyers icing, a shot from the point found it's way in on Lyon, who made the first save. He followed the rebound on the second save, but David Pastrnak got his stick on it causing it to squeak by Lyon... Marchand ended up by the side of the net, far post where the puck got by Lyon for the easy tap in.

THREE STARS

1. Brad Marchand: Scored the game-winner to extend his point streak to four in-a-row where he has now tallied five goals and four assists.  

2. Riley Nash: Recorded the first Bruins goal had four shots on goal, three hits on 19:19 of ice time. 

3. Jakub Voracek: Had five shots, posted a goal for the second straight game which was also his third tally in his last four.

STATS & STORYLINES

JORI SHORTIE
Jori Lehtera evened things up in the second period with a shorthanded goal on a 2 on 1 break... Valtteri Filppula got the puck to Lehtera early who drove it in on Rask and slipped it five-hole... Per PhiladelphiaFlyers.com contributor, Bill Meltzer, it was the first shorthanded goal scored by the Flyers in nearly a year with the last time occurring at Winnipeg on Mar. 21, 2017 scored by Matt Read.Video: PHI@BOS: Lehtera beats Rask five-hole for SHG

THAT PATRICK PASS
Nolan Patrick continues his hot play... With an assist on the first Flyers goal, he now has points in three of his last four (1g-3a) and eight of his last 11 contests (5g-4a)... The assist was one of his more impressive of the season. A shot from the point by Giroux, got held up in front of the net, where Patrick dished it behind and between his legs to find Voracek sitting by the side with an empty net.Video: PHI@BOS: Voracek nets Patrick's filthy pass for PPG

ANOTHER FINAL MINUTE KILLER
In addition to the game-winning goal allowed, this was also the second straight game the Flyers gave up a goal in the final minute of a period. This time it came in the opening frame as Wayne Simmonds was clipped from behind entering the Flyers zone. Zdeno Chara picked up the puck and hit a streaking Brian Gionta who went in all alone on Lyon. He deked backhand and beat him to give the B's a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

TAKING SHOTS
Ivan Provorov recorded a career-high eight shots on goal. Provorov is the youngest Flyers defenseman (21 years, 54 days) to record eight or more shots in a game since the individual shot category started being tracked in 1987. Dennis Seidenberg was the previous youngest - he had 10 shots on goal in November of 2002 when he was 21 years, 121 days old... Shayne Gostisbehere had five shots on goal and nine total attempts.. Jake Voracek had five on goal and eight total attempts... Andrew MacDonald led the Flyers with four hits.

UP NEXT
Up next, the Flyers host a pair of Western Conference teams. They'll head into the weekend by hosting a Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center against the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drop is 1 p.m. on NBCSP and 97.5 The Fanatic.

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