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POSTGAME 5: Long Battle Tips Sharks' Way

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers and Sharks played a scoreless regulation, but it was Melker Karlsson who converted the game’s final chance on a two-on-one in overtime to give San Jose the 1-0 win.  The Flyers were outshot 10-6 in the first period but turned the tables and outshot San Jose 28-11 the rest of the way.  However, they couldn’t get any of those past Martin Jones, who earned his third shutout of the season.  Steve Mason made 20 saves in the losing cause.

The game was decided on the final play when San Jose’s  Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson broke out of the San Jose zone on a 2-on-1, with Michael Del Zotto defending.  Donskoi carried the puck down the left wing and sent a pass that cleared the stick of Del Zotto, who went down to try to take away the pass.  Karlsson converted the pass into the top of the net, out of Mason’s reach.

1ST – Martin Jones: San Jose’s offseason acquisition warded off all 34 shots he saw to earn his 10th win and third shutout of the season.  Jones had excellent rebound control and limited second chances for the Flyers to carry San Jose to its fourth win on its current six-game road trip.

2ND – Melker Karlsson: He snapped the goaltender stalemate in overtime, making the most of his only shot of the game.  It was his third goal of the season in just his fifth game since returning to action after a preseason injury.    

3RD – Steve Mason:  The Flyers’ netminder deserved a better fate for the second consecutive game, making a handful of outstanding saves among the 20 he had in the contest.

The Flyers outshot San Jose 34-21 on the game, including 28-11 after the first period…  The Flyers had 67 shot attempts to San Jose’s 49… There were 34 on goal,  22 that were blocked and 11 that missed… Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds were each credited with five shots on goal; each had eight total attempts… Radko Gudas was credited with six hits and Brayden Schenn was credited with five… San Jose’s Brent Burns had eight shots, and the rest of the Sharks had 13… The Flyers killed off all four shorthanded situations they faced and held the Sharks to a total of two power play shots.

“We definitely played strong enough hockey games in order to get the two points. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.  It’s easy to get frustrated not getting the two points but you have to take positive from it at the same time; the effort was there. A couple games earlier in the season you can’t say that the effort was at a high enough level and these last couple games it has been there and its definitely good to see.”
(Steve Mason)

“We’re playing really good hockey right now, it’s just that some bounces aren’t going our way. I mean Mase [Steve Mason] stood on his head today. It was 0-0 the whole game, there was a little lapse there in overtime, but you have to take the positives out of this and we’re going in the right direction.”
(Shayne Gostisbehere)
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