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POSTGAME 5: High Five!

Flyers run win streak to five straight as Hart, Myers lead 6-1 win over Maple Leafs

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Kicking off their December schedule with the first game of a three-game homestand, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-1, at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first period, Scott Laughton gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead heading into the third. After Travis Dermott knotted the score with a goal off a faceoff, Claude Giroux potted a goal off a no-look centering pass from Travis Konecny to quickly put the Flyers ahead again. 

Konecny added to the lead, Joel Farabee iced the win into an empty net and for good measure, Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk added insult to injury.

Carter Hart was excellent in goal, denying 27 of 28 shots, while Frederik Andersen took the loss, stopping 23 of 28 shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Carter Hart (27 of 28 shots)
2nd: Travis Konecny (1g-1a)
3rd: Claude Giroux (1g)

TURNING POINT
Giroux's rapid response to Dermott's tying goal was the difference maker in this one... With the score now 2-1, an offensive zone interference penalty on Auston Matthews put Toronto in dire straights when Konecny drove a dagger in their hearts with a counterattacking dagger through the five-hole off a lead pass by Phil Myers.Video: TOR@PHI: Konecny snipes puck past Andersen

MELTZER'S TAKE
* The opening 12 to 14 minutes of the game were fast-paced and pretty evenly played despite the shot attempt differentials. Toronto decidedly had the better of the latter portion of the stanza. Hart remained composed in coming up with 15 saves. Five of them alone were on John Tavares, with several from prime shooting range.

* The first half of the Flyers' first PK of the game was all about the Leafs getting pucks through an aggressive box and Hart making tough saves. The latter part was dominated by outstanding puck-ragging work from Kevin Hayes.

* Hart made an excellent one-on-one save against Andreas Johnsson off the rush kept the game scoreless. Then Hayes' heaviness on the puck came in huge as he shook off Justin Holl and then Auston Matthews to set up Laughton for a 1-0 lead. Video: TOR@PHI: Laughton tips home the opening goal

* The Frost line buzzed on back-to-back even strength shifts, and Shayne Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier created back-to-back power plays. The PP, unfortunately, neither scored nor built momentum. Second period shots were 8-8 but Philly had the better of the overall play.

* The Flyers did a strong close-out job despite playing a forward short (Michael Raffl) throughout the third period. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers have now won five straight games, out-scoring their opponent, 21-8... They have also earned points in seven straight (6-0-1).

* The Flyers also extended their home point streak to 11 games in-a-row, posting a 7-0-4 record.

* The Flyers received eight points from defensemen tonight (1g-7a).

* Rookie defenseman Philippe Myers recorded his first multi-point game and three-point game with three assists - he was also a +3.Video: TOR@PHI: Giroux fires home quick wrist shot

* Joel Farabee recorded a goal giving him points in four straight games (1g-3a).

* With an assist, Kevin Hayes has points in four straight games (2g-2a) and seven of his last eight (4g-2a).

* Scott Laughton posted a goal for the third time in his last four games... He also has nine points (3g-6a) in 11 games against the Maple Leafs - it's the most points against any other team in his NHL career.

* The Flyers continue their three-game homestand by hosting the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP, or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Giroux, Myers and Hart following winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over TOR

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