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POSTGAME 5: No luck vs. Ducks

Anaheim ends Flyers homestand on sour note with 6-2 win

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers scored the game's first goal, but Anaheim scored the next five and ended up with a 6-2 win. 

Sean Couturier put the Flyers up 1-0 8:51 into the first period, which gave the Flyers the lead until Ondrej Kase scored with 1:38 left in the period. Anaheim picked up goals from four different players to take a 5-1 advantage before Couturier tallied again with 8:06 left in the contest. 

Kase converted a penalty shot with 6:11 remaining to finish the scoring. Brian Elliott stopped 19 of 25, while John Gibson turned away 31 of 33.


Tonight's turning point came in a two-minute span at the end of the second period… The fourth Ducks goal was scored with 1:48 left in the second period from Rickard Rakell, who received a great set up by captain Ryan Getzlaf from down low for a 4-1 lead. For nearly the remainder of the period, the Flyers had a power play which turned into a 5 on 3, but failed to capitalize and a golden opportunity was missed to get back in the game.Video: Hear from Gostisbehere following 6-2 loss to ANA


1. Brandon Montour: Recorded the second Ducks goal on the night and logged over 22 minutes of ice time to go along with a +2

2. Ondrej Kase: Recorded two goals, the equalizer to tie it up at 1-1, and then a penalty shot goal in the third period.

3. Sean Couturier: Potted two goals, the second of which was his 200th career point in the NHL. 


PATRICK INJURED: Flyers rookie center, Nolan Patrick, left the game 2:35 into the second period with an injury and did not return. Patrick had control of the puck in the Flyers end on the left corner boards when Ducks' forward Chris Wagner put a hit on him. He appeared in 4:29 of ice time on seven shifts and had one shot on goal before leaving. 

IT'S BEEN A WHILE: The Flyers suffered their seventh straight loss to the Ducks on home ice, going 0-5-2 since their last win on Feb. 2, 2008… The Flyers split the season series against the Ducks, going 1-1-0, for the first time since playing a regular home-and-home set since the 2013-14 season.

FIRST AGAIN: The Flyers tallied the first goal for the sixth time in nine games this season, but they suffered the first loss when doing so… Sean Couturier opened the scoring midway through the first period, but a late goal from Anaheim knotted the score at 1-1 after 20 minutes… Flyers were once again dominant on the shot sheet after the first period, outshooting the Ducks, 12-6… The Flyers are now 5-1-0 when scoring the first goal.Video: ANA@PHI: Couturier dekes past Gibson to open scoring

FIRST LINE STILL PRODUCING: The new-look first line for this season continued their hot play: 

* Sean Couturier posted his second multi-goal game of the season, scoring both goals, recording five shots on goal and a +1.

* Claude Giroux assisted on Couturier's first goal - he has now recorded a point in every game the Flyers have scored at least one goal, only being shut out when the entire team has been held off the scoreboard.

* Jakub Voracek had two assists adding to his total of 12 assists this season, which leads the Flyers and is tied for second among all players in the NHL.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: This game was lost in the second period, when the Ducks converted on three unanswered goals in the period to take a commanding 4-1 lead. That, combined with the missed opportunities the Flyers had on the power play, including a 5-on-3 advantage late in the second period, prevented the Flyers from getting back in this one. Overall, the Flyers went 0-for-6.

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