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POSTGAME 5: Moving In

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Radko Gudas scored with just over 10 minutes to play in the third period to lift the Flyers over the Blackhawks. The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods; both in the first period were scored on Flyers power plays, but unfortunately both were not Flyers goals. Marian Hossa converted a shorthanded breakaway to give Chicago a 1-0 lead just over eight minutes in, but the Flyers responded with a PPG of their own in the waning minutes of the first off Andrew MacDonald’s point shot that deflected off Ryan White and in. The Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second period when Jonathan Toews finished off a wraparound, a goal the Flyers again answered when Brayden Schenn scored with 6:58 left in the second. Then near the halfway point of the third, Gudas got the winner on a shot from the right point that hit a Chicago stick and bounced past Scott Darling. Michal Neuvirth held strong the rest of the way, turning aside a total of 24 shots, while Darling stopped 26. 

The game simply turned on the Gudas goal, which gave the Flyers their first lead of the contest. Gudas blasted a shot at traffic that hit the shaft of a Chicago stick, bounced off the ice and made its way over the shoulder of Darling with 10:07 to play in the third.  


1. Claude Giroux: Recorded an assist, but it was an impressive one, coming when he elected not to try to force a shot through excessive traffic while on a rush but instead turned and found Brayden Schenn trailing the play. Giroux also won several important faceoffs among his 13-for-17 night (76 pct).

2. Brayden Schenn: Continued his outstanding play with a goal, three hits and two blocks.

3. Michal Neuvirth: Played an outstanding game in his half of the back-to-back, being victimized only by a breakaway and a third-attempt goal. 

With the win, the Flyers moved ahead of Detroit into the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Flyers hold one game in hand on Detroit and are currently even with Pittsburgh; however, both teams play tomorrow while the Flyers are off… Gudas’s goal was his third of the season, which ties a career high… the Flyers allowed the Blackhawks just four shots in the third period, doing so in part because they blocked 10 Chicago shots in the final period alone… the Flyers won both ends of a back-to-back for only the second time in 13 occasions this season. The other came Nov. 27 vs. NSH and Nov. 28 at NYR. The Flyers have earned 11 of a possible 16 points in their last four back-to-back sets of games. They have three sets remaining, including their run of four games in five nights formed when the Jan. 23 game at NYI was postponed to April 10th... with his assist tonight, Giroux moved past Rick Tocchet into 13th on the Flyers All Time Scoring List. He needs seven points to pass Reggie Leach for 12th.

“Our players have done it night after night, and again tonight. A real good team effort. Every guy chipped in and contributed in one way or another. We did a lot of the little things right that you have to do to be able to win a game on a back-to-back.”
(Dave Hakstol)

"You can see all the guys buying in and pulling together.  It’s a great feeling to be around this team right now. Even if you get down one goal, we’re coming back. You’ve got that feeling inside that we’re working hard to come back." 

(Radko Gudas)

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