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POSTGAME 5: Ivan The Great

Elliott saves the day, Provorov ends it with a beauty as Flyers down Habs, 4-3 in OT

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Ivan Provorov scored 31 seconds into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Canadiens. 

Montreal started off the scoring just 19 seconds into the game on a goal by Joel Armia, which was the only scoring until the teams combined for three goals in 1:12 in the second period - Oskar Lindblom started the flurry at the 7:47 mark of the second period, followed by a goal from Tomas Tatar 27 seconds later. 

Kevin Hayes then re-tied it at the 8:59 mark. Another two quick goals came in the third, when Travis Konency gave the Flyers their first lead 1:34 into the period, only to see Tatar re-tie it on the power play at the 3:16 mark.  

Brian Elliott withstood a Montreal flurry in the final minutes to get the game to overtime, where Provorov won the game on the extra session's only shot. Elliott made 39 saves to pick up the win, while Keith Kinkaid absorbed the loss with 25 stops.

Three Stars:
1st: Ivan Provorov (OT winner, +2)
2nd: Joel Armia (1g, 9 shots)
3rd: Travis Konecny (1g)

TURNING POINT
This one is going to Brian Elliott's second period... Were it not for those 19 saves and a few 10-bellers late in the frame, the Flyers would never have reached overtime and set the stage for Provorov's heroics in overtime.Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Standing on his antlers. #PHIvsMTL | #FlyOrDie pic.twitter.com/QWWGtNKmX0

GAME TAKE
* While he certainly wished he had the first shot of the game back, Brian Elliott MORE than made up for it in the second period, stopping 19 of 20 shots... He made key saves on Joel Armia just above the crease and stopped Habs sniper Brendan Gallagher on a Grade A chance... His biggest impact came late on a Montreal power play in which he made several point-blank saves, including two from ex-Flyers Jordan Weal to keep it a 2-2 game.

* There was a theme of getting things back quickly in this one... Right after the Flyers tallied in the second period to knot it at 1-1, Montreal came right back on the next shift to regain the lead 27 seconds later - then 45 seconds after that - Montreal regained the lead with Tatar's first of the game... The Flyers took the lead early in the third as Konecny finished a 3-on-2, but Tatar knotted it back up just 1:46 later on the power play.

* This was one the most physical games of the year - the teams combined for 68 hits, seven more than their previous meeting on Nov. 7.

* Playing their fifth game in a span of seven and a half days, Ivan Provorov not only capped it off with a highlight-reel goal, but led all players in the game in ice time with 27:41, was a +2... He led the Flyers in ice time in all five games and led all players in four of the five games.Video: PHI@MTL: Provorov scores beautiful goal for OT winner

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers finished the month of November with a 10-2-4 record and 24 points - the 24 points ties a franchise record done only three times before, while the 10 victories marks just the fourth month in the entire decade they have won 10 games in any month.

* In addition, the Flyers have won four-in-a-row (4-0-0) and earned points in six straight games (5-0-1).

* After dropping six straight games at Montreal from 2013-2016, the Flyers have now won three of their last four visits to Bell Centre.

* With his goal, Kevin Hayes has points in three straight games and six of his last seven outings with six points (4g-2a) in that stretch.

* Joel Farabee picked up an assist and has three helpers in his last three games and four assists in his last five.

* After playing five games in an eight-day span, the Flyers have two full days off before they're back in action. They'll host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Provorov, Konecny and Elliott following winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over MTL

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