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POSTGAME 5: One and Only

Morin, Vecchione make debut but Flyers drop 1-0 stalemate to Devils in overtime

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

After 60 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Devils capitalized on a two-on-one in overtime in the 61st minute to take a 1-0 win in the series finale in Newark.

A scoreless first period saw the debuts of two Flyers. Mike Vecchione had a scoring chance midway through the first just missing out on connecting in front of an open net, while Sam Morin appeared in nearly seven minutes of ice time and had three hits.

The teams skated scoreless in both the second and third period, but both had multiple scoring opportunities and power plays to get on the board but goaltenders were up to the task. The Flyers fired 35 shots on Keith Kinkaid, while Steve Mason stopped all 26 of 27 shots in the loss.

2. TURNING POINT
Devils defenseman John Moore jumping into the play and firing a one-timer on a two-on-one in overtime past Steve Mason was the lone goal and the turning point in the contest. The play developed as Taylor Hall swung into the zone on the left side and spread the Flyers D wide, then slid a saucer pass to Moore moving Mason side to side and firing just past his stick side.

3. THREE STARS

1 - Keith Kinkaid: Stopped all 35 shots through regulation to post his fourth win in four career games against the Flyers, allowing just five goals in those four games.

2 - John Moore: Ended the stalemate and scored his 10th goal of the season and first OT winner this season.

3 - Steve Mason: Stopped all 26 shots through 60 minutes, yielding the only goal of the game on the only shot in overtime off a two-on-one rush. 

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* Mike Vecchione and Sam Morin made their NHL debuts in tonight's game… Vecchione logged 8:10 of ice time, had one shot on goal and won 71 percent of his face-offs (5-for-7)… Morin logged 17:47 of ice time and led all players in the game with seven hits.

* 16 of the 18 skaters for the Flyers recorded at least one shot in tonight's game, led by Shayne Gostisbehere with eight shots, which is a new career high.

* Brayden Schenn and Gostisbehere both had their five-game point streaks come to an end tonight.

* Jordan Weal missed tonight's game due to being ill, while Brandon Manning was out due to an upper-body injury.

* The Flyers now return home for their final set of games for the 2016-17 season on Saturday when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sunday when they face the Carolina Hurricanes.

5. THEY SAID IT

"It was a good effort by both of them. Their third periods were the best period for both of them and I think that's what you'd like to see… I thought both of them went out there and played with good confidence."
- Dave Hakstol on Vecchione & Morin making their NHL debutVideo: Hear from Hakstol after overtime loss

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