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POSTGAME 5: Leafs burned

Flyers return the favor, take down Maple Leafs in a shootout, 3-2, in Toronto

by @NHLFlyers


Sean Couturier scored in the third round of the shootout to clinch the extra point in a 3-2 Flyers win. 

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Philippe Myers 8:08 into the frame and from Oskar Lindblom on the power play with 1:32 left before intermission. The Maple Leafs chipped away at the deficit with a goal from Travis Dermott just past the halfway point of the second period and tied it 3:58 into the third period on a goal from William Nylander. 

After a scoreless overtime, Claude Giroux provided a shootout goal in the second round; the Leafs tied it with their attempt in the third, but Couturier put it away on the next shot. Brian Elliott stopped 38 of 40, including eight saves in the overtime, to earn the win. Frederik Anderson absorbed the loss with 30 saves on 32 shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Sean Couturier (game-winning shootout goal)
2nd: Brian Elliott (38 saves)
3rd: Frederik Andersen (30 saves)

This one rested on the goaltenders and Brian Elliott's eight saves in overtime kept the Flyers in it and gave them momentum heading into the shootout. In that shootout, the opening shot from Leafs captain gave the Flyers the early advantage and despite allowing a goal to sneak by from Willian Nylander, it set the stage for Couturier's heroics in round 3.Video: PHI@TOR: Couturier puts on the moves for the winner

* The Flyers may have been outshot, 10-8, in the first period but were deserving of the 2-0 lead they took to the locker room at intermission. The Flyers up their skates, strong on the forecheck and physical. Elliott looked sharp as well.

* Some notable moments in the first period: Sean Couturier, still nursing a sore shoulder, taking an offensive zone draw righthanded; Matt Niskanen with an excellent defensive sequence against Andreas Johnsson; Myers' blast for his goal in as many games; Konecny keeping his feet moving to create a Flyers' power play and, on the subsequent man advantage, finding Lindblom set up at the side of the net in a tripod for a deflection goal; Carsen Twarynski hounding the puck and registering several solid bodychecks.

* The Maple Leafs had the better of the play overall in the second period. One could sense a goal coming, and it happened after a neutral zone turnover as Dermott joined the play and fired a shot from the deep slot past Elliott. A strong penalty kill for the Flyers when Toronto had a chance to draw even helped stabilize things. The Flyers closed the period out strong, especially the Couturier line. Andy Andreoff and Tyler Pitlick (on a PK rush) had some good moments for the Flyers. It was another strong stanza for Elliott.

* Both goaltenders stepped up repeatedly in a seesaw third period. Toronto knotted the game off a board battle and a good feed by Auston Matthews to an unmarked Nylander. The Flyers' fourth line was particularly effective in the third period.Video: PHI@TOR: Elliott closes his pads to deny Tavares

* This is the third straight meeting between the Flyers and Maple Leafs that has been decided in a shootout - the Flyers have won two of the three.

* The Flyers have won three straight games and have points in four of their last five games (4-0-1).

* The Flyers (9-5-2, 20 pts) continue to pace their best start since 2011-12. That season, the Flyers were 9-4-3 for 21 points through 16 games.

* Oskar Lindblom scored his first goal in three games, but now has at least a point in five of his last six games (3g-3a).

* Philippe Myers registered a goal for the second straight game and extended his point streak to three straight games (2g-1a).

* The Flyers play the second of their back-to-back when they travel to Boston to take on the Bruins on Sunday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP or listen live on 93.3 WMMR.

Video: Hear from Couturier, Giroux and Elliott following winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over TOR

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