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POSTGAME 5: Offense explodes vs. Canes

Flyers climb out of 0-2 hole to snap three-game skid, earn first win at home

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers recovered from a 2-0 hole to take a 4-2 lead and an eventual 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. After a scoreless opening frame, the second period saw a total of seven goals scored. Justin Faulk opened the scoring 50 seconds into the second with a power play goal.

Then a little over three minutes later, Jordan Staal finished off a series of passes with a shot into a mostly open right side of the net to make it 2-0. The Flyers closed within a goal exactly a minute later, when Brandon Manning took a cross ice pass from Jake Voracek and pulled the puck around a sprawling Eddie Lack and tucked it inside the left post to make it 2-1.

Voracek redirected a point drive from Provorov past Lack to tie things up soon after. From there, goals by Matt Read and Shayne Gostisbehere scored 1:37 apart to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead and, after a Carolina goal at the end of the second period, the Flyers shut the door in the third period and added two goals to walk away with their first win on home ice.

2. THE TURNING POINT
When Lee Stempniak picked up his fourth of the year with 1:06 left in the frame, it closed the Hurricanes deficit to one goal. The tally could have shifted momentum, making it 4-3 at the intermission, but the third period was all Flyers, with goals coming from Wayne Simmonds on the power play at the 11:50 mark and Voracek during a delayed penalty call with just under 2:30 remaining.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Jakub Voracek: Posted a three point night, which included two goals and an assist, and led all players with six shots on goal.

2 - Ivan Provorov: Recorded his first multi-point game with two assists, while also being credited with two hits, a takeaway and four blocked shots.

3 - Steve Mason: Stopped 27 shots for his first victory of the season, including several point blank chances and grade-A scoring opportunities in the game.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The last time the Flyers were involved in a game that had seven goals in a single period was January 11, 2014 in a 6-3 home loss to Tampa Bay. The Lightning outscored the Flyers 4-3 in the second period of that game.
 
* Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds each extended their goal scoring streaks to four games. They are each one short of personal career highs of five games (Read Nov. 13-21, 2011, six goals; Simmonds March 26-April 3, 2012, six goals).
 
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had two players concurrently on goal scoring streaks of four games or more was 1993, when Josef Beranek had an eight game streak from Oct. 9 to 23 and Eric Lindros had a six game streak from Oct. 12 to 26.
 
* Rookie forward Travis Konecny posted an assist in tonight's game giving him points in four of his first five NHL games.

* Shayne Gostisbehere recorded his first goal of the season and added two assists for a three-point night… He now has seven points (3g-4a) in five games against the Hurricanes.

5. THEY SAID IT
"I'm pretty confident since the World Cup, so I know what I am capable of when I feel good. I feel strong in the skates which is important for me. In the one-on-one battles it's really important so it feels good, but it's a good thing that we got a win."
- Jakub Voracek

"I think we have a good offensive team. Scoring four goals, I think we can do that most nights. Things were going our way, tonight we had a couple of lucky bounces and a couple of good offensive plays and a couple of power play goals. That is the key to winning right now."
- Matt Read

"Whether or not it is pushing the pace we played pretty well without the puck tonight. If you let that team get up and get going and have time in space you are going to be in trouble. We did a pretty good job overall of having gaps and carrying that into our own zones. We created opportunities but for the most part we did a pretty good job without the puck tonight not letting them get going."
- Dave Hakstol

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