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POSTGAME 5: Milestones & More

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux recorded his 500th career point and Mark Streit’s 400th career point was among his three assists as the Flyers took a 4-2 win over Arizona. Scott Laughton started the scoring 9:30 in, and after Brad Richardson tied it for the Coyotes four minutes later, the Flyers picked up two goals in 40 seconds – one from Giroux on the power play at 17:41 and the second from Sam Gagner at 18:21. After a scoreless second, the Coyotes closed within a goal on a tally by Oliver Ekman-Larsson 6:33 into the third period. But the Flyers quelled most Arizona chances the rest of the way, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare provided an insurance goal with 2:45 to play. Michal Neuvirth was stellar in goal, especially in the second period, stopping 29 of 31 shots that came his way. Louis Domingue turned away 29 of 33 in the loss for Arizona.

The two goals 40 seconds apart in the first period put the game far enough out of reach for the Flyers to withstand a bumpy second period and Ekman-Larsson’s tally early in the third. After that goal, they got back on the gas a little more and eventually got Bellemare’s insurance tally. But the two quick goals – especially the Gagner goal that was assisted by a lucky bounce off an official – were a blow to an Arizona team that has now lost four consecutive games by a 3-2 score.

1. Michal Neuvirth: Came up huge in the second period, stopping all 12 shots he saw while the Coyotes were forcing Philadelphia turnovers and generally giving the Flyers all they could handle. He stopped 29 of 31 on the game.

2. Mark Streit: Recorded his 400th career point on his third assist of the first period. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Streit became the first Flyers defenseman to record three assists in a first period since Eric Weinrich did it back in October of 2002.

3. Claude Giroux: Recorded his 500th career point with a power-play goal in his return from a three-game absence due to an upper-body injury. Giroux also had five shots and a blocked shot in 18:10 of ice time. 

Giroux became the 14th player in Flyers history to record 500 points with the club… Streit is the third Flyer to have a three-assist game this month, joining Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. It’s Streit’s second three-assist game of the season, and he has now accounted for each of the last four three-assist games by Flyers defensemen. It’s the ninth three-assist game of his career…Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored for the second consecutive game. It’s the second time in his career he’s scored two games in a row, with the other coming in November of 2014… Sam Gagner also scored for the second consecutive game and now has goals in three of his last four games… The Flyers were 1-for-4 on the power play and now have a power play goal in nine of their last ten home games… The Flyers were charged with a season-high 17 giveaways… The Flyers blocked 32 Arizona shots, one more than the total shots the Coyotes registered on goal. That ties a season high, also done Feb. 11 vs. Buffalo. Shayne Gostisbehere blocked six shots, while Radko Gudas blocked five and Streit blocked four.

“Everybody’s got to chip in a little bit. That’s the importance of Scotty Laughton tonight scoring a goal. Gagner got another one tonight. You have to have that at this time of year. Whether it’s through injuries or other things you have to have some depth and balance in all areas of the game.”

 (Dave Hakstol)

 “I know Michael Raffl can take care of himself, and I thought at that point of the game we were a little bit back on our heels and I just tried to change the momentum. That’s what I tried to do. I don’t know if it worked but that’s what I tried to do.”

 (Scott Laughton)

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