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POSTGAME 5: Last-second loss

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Matt Hunwick scored with just over seven seconds remaining to lift the Maple Leafs to the 3-2 win.  The Flyers got on the board first 11:06 into the game on a power play goal by Matt Read, but Toronto answered with a goal from Roman Polak just over two minutes later and took a 2-1 lead with 4:50 left in the second period on a goal from Joffrey Lupul.  With seven minutes to play, Shayne Gostisbehere tied the game with his eighth goal of the season.  Steve Mason stopped 32 of 34 in the losing cause, while James Reimer stopped 31 of 33.

At the 11:06 mark of the first period, Matt Read scored a power play goal that gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead, but it wasn’t the kind of turning point that the Flyers wanted.  Read’s goal gave the Flyers an 11-1 shot advantage over Toronto, but the Maple Leafs turned the table at that point and outshot the Flyers 11-2 over the rest of the period, and 34-22 over the rest of the game. 

1ST – Matt Hunwick: His shot from the right point in the game’s final seconds hit Michael Del Zotto and deflected in off the right post.  Hunwick also had two shots and delivered two hits.  

2ND – Shayne Gostisbehere: His unassisted goal was scored off one of his four takeaways.  He had four shots on goal and two more that didn’t reach the net.

3RD – Nazem Kadri:  Recorded and assist, three shots, four hits and was a general pain in the Flyers’ hindquarters.  He won 10 of 24 faceoffs (42 percent).

Gostisbehere now has eight goals on the season, which leads all rookie defensemen and ranks 11th among all rookies overall.  Gostisbehere has played at least 18 fewer games than everyone ahead of him on that list… The Flyers held Toronto scoreless on three power play opportunities, and have now held their opponent without a PPG in five of their last seven contests.  They have killed off 19 of 21 shorthanded situations in those seven games… Toronto won 15 of 22 faceoffs in the third period, including 10 of the last 11 over the final 6:52 of the game… The Flyers had a total of 67 shot attempts – 33 on goal and another 34 that didn’t reach the net. Claude Giroux had six shots on goal and nine total shot attempts.  Radko Gudas added seven shot attempts, two of which reached the net… The Flyers outhit the Leafs 32-20, with 16 of the 18 skaters recording at least one hit.               

“The way we came out tonight, we are not a playoff team if we come out like that. That’s just not good for us. We have to prepare for everyone no matter who they are. I think we scored the first goal and thought it was going to be a big night for everyone on the stat sheet and we sat back a little bit. We’re going to learn from these mistakes and keep pushing through.”

(Shayne Gostisbehere) 

“We’re going to have games like that.  Eighty-two games are a lot of games, but we’re going to have games like this. We just can’t have too many. We’re going to have games that we aren’t going to play well or we aren’t going to be playing the right way. But the last seven games, we have been playing some good hockey. We are going to have games like this. It is not time to hit the panic button. I think obviously we need to look at some video and see what we did wrong. We can’t change the way we are playing. We have been successful playing this way. We just need to touch up some things. Obviously it’s frustrating to play a game like this. We shot ourselves in the foot and had to climb back in the third. That took a lot of energy from us. We just need to make sure that it does not happen that often.” 

(Claude Giroux)

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