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POSTGAME 5: Late calls doom Flyers

Special teams, comebacks play central theme as Preds take a wild 6-5 win over Flyers

by @NHLFlyers


The Predators scored the first three goals... and the last three goals of the game as they pulled off an improbable comeback late in the third period to walk away with a 6-5 win over the Flyers, who ended their four-game season-opening road trip.

The Preds opened the scoring, getting out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, but the Flyers rattled off five unanswered to grab the lead early in the third period. 

A slew of penalties called on the Flyers, all late in the game, gave Nashville a 5-on-3 which they capitalized on to tie it up with 1:17 left to play. The Flyers then used their coaches challenge to contest off-sides on the play, but the call was not overturned which resulted in another penalty and yet another 5-on-3 situation for the Flyers.

The Flyers were able to kill the first part off with three men down, but Filip Forsberg scored the Preds game winner on a 5-on-4 with 36 seconds left to seal the win. The Flyers managed to get five past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on 30 shots, while Brian Elliott yielded six goals on 31 shots.


The Predators taking advantage of a fortuitous double call with less than three minutes left in the game turned the tide on this one. Dale Weise was called for holding at one end of the ice, while Andrew MacDonald was called for tripping at the other end of the ice while Nashville still had possession, giving the Preds a full 5-on-3 with just over two minutes left in the game. 

The two-man advantage quickly into a three-man advantage as Nashville pulled their goaltender to make it a 6-on-3 situation. First came Harntell's goal, then Forsberg's on the coaches challenge penalty to hand the Flyers a stunning loss to end their nine-day road trip with a 2-2-0 record.


1. Filip Forsberg: Recorded the game-winner in the final minute to give him a three-point night with two goals and an assist.

2. Scott Hartnell: The former Flyer scored a pair of goals, including the equalizer late in the third, and led all players in the game with six shots on goal.

3. Samuel Girard: Playing his first NHL game, he had one assist on 18:52 of ice time and was involved multiple scoring chances.


Preds Push Early: As expected on an emotionally charged night for the winless Preds, the team came at the Flyers early and often with a 7-2 shots advantage midway through the opening period, which was capped off by Craig Smith's power-play goal. Elliott withstood the barrage well and made several key stops, including a breakaway 30 seconds into the game on top-line winger Viktor Arvidsson.

The second period started in similar fashion even though the Flyers started to push back. After the Preds killed off a Flyers power play, a 3-on-2 rush formed with Nashville gaining speed through the neutral zone. Former Flyer Scott Hartnell fired a slap shot that just beat Elliott regrouping. Nick Bonino cleaned up the rebound while Elliott was down to give the Preds a 3-0 lead.

… And They Pushed Late: Filip Forsberg's first of the night gave the Preds hope for a comeback, closing their gap to 5-4 with 12:22 reminaing… That comeback became possible after penalties on the Flyers opened the door and resulted in back-to-back goals in the final two minutes to pull of the victory.

The Flyers Five: After a pair of goals in quick fashion to get out to a 3-0 lead Nashville was getting comfortable but the Flyers continued playing their game and were rewarded for it… Andrew MacDonald and Nolan Patrick's first NHL goal came 16 seconds apart to get the Flyers within one midway through the game.

Keeping their foot on the gas, Valtteri Filppula evened things up with a power-play goal by sitting in the high slot, waiting for a rebound and going upstairs on Rinne… Travis Konecny scored a beauty of a goal, going top shelf on Rinne, while Filppula added his second of the night to give the Flyers five unanswered goals and a 5-3 lead seven minutes into the third period.Video: PHI@NSH: Konecny beats Rinne on breakaway

Special Teams Dominate: The game was decided by special teams. Four of the final six goals scored came on the power-play, including the final two… The Preds got on the board first, opening the game with a power-play goal, while the Flyers were able to grab the lead after falling behind 0-3 with a goal from Valtteri Filppula on the man-advantage - his second of the night on the power play… Overall, the Flyers went 2-for-5, while Nashville went 3-for-4.

Game of Firsts: Nolan Patrick potted his first goal of his NHL career, getting the Flyers within one goal… Patrick buried a great second effort from Dale Weise who fed it out front to Patrick in the low slot… All told, Patrick logged 13:51 of ice time and a plus-2 rating.Video: PHI@NSH: MacDonald, Patrick score 16 seconds apart

Some other firsts came from Andrew MacDonald, who stepped into a pass from Scott Laughton and blasted a one-timer past Rinne to get the Flyers on the board… Valtteri Filppula scored his first (and second) of the season.

Travis Konecny also got on the board for his first of the year and it was a beauty at that… Konecny took a nifty chip pass from Jordan Weal and went in all alone on Pekka Rinne and beat him with a perfectly placed snipe top shelf over the glove to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead.

Multi-dimensional: Three Flyers recorded multi-point games headlined by Filppula's pair, which was his 13th career multi-goal game… Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere each had two assists for their second multi-point contests through the first four games of the season.


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