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POSTGAME 5: Point Gained; Point Lost

Flyers force OT in final minute but fall in OT, 4-3, to Coyotes

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers salvaged a point in the standings with an impressive third period comeback, but the Coyotes ended the game with 14 seconds remaining in overtime for their first win of the season, 4-3 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers fell behind by two goals in the first period, and after a scoreless second period, the Coyotes capitalized on an early power-play in the third to make it an 0-3 deficit. Sean Couturier scored on the power-play a minute later and the Flyers pressed hard in the final minute of play, receiving goals from Jordan Weal and another from Couturier with 16 seconds left in the third to force overtime.

After killing off a penalty in the extra session, the Flyers gave up a 3-on-2 with their leading scorer, rookie Clayton Keller, holding onto the puck and feeding Alex Goligoski, who one-timed it past Brian Elliott.

Elliott stopped 30 of 34 shots, while Coyotes netminder Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves for the win.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point rested on a failed clearing attempt and a great play from Ivan Provorov in the final seconds of regulation… With the net empty and just coming off a goal from Jordan Weal to get within one, the Coyotes were left scrambling when forward Christian Dvorak got ahold of the puck and shot it off the glass in hopes for a clear. Provorov was on top of it and grabbed it with his glove eventually getting it to Giroux on the half-wall. Giroux found Couturier, who one-timed it to send the Flyers to OT.Video: ARI@PHI: Couturier tips in Giroux's feed to tie game

3. THREE STARS

1. Alex Goligoski: Logged over 27 minutes of ice time and recorded a multi-point game with a goal and an assist, while potting the game-winning goal in overtime - It was his second career OT goal.

2. Sean Couturier: Posted a two-goal game for the third time this year and extended his point streak to four games. 

3. Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Had one assist in the game for Arizona. 

4. STATS & STORYLINES

ABOUT THE FIRST
The Flyers first period was one to forget… They were out-shot by a 13-3 margin with all three shots coming from defensemen - Brandon Manning (2) and Ivan Provorov (1)… The Coyotes jumped on the Flyers with multiple scoring chances and went into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead… It was the first time all season the Coyotes led by two goals after the first period.

ABOUT THE THIRD
The Flyers turned the tables in the final frame… After giving up a quick power-play goal, the Flyers fired 17 shots in the third period and kept the Coyotes on their heels for the rest of the period, even after fighting off a double-minor four minute penalty from Voracek.

"The way we played in the third, we kept our head up. We wanted two points obviously. It's really frustrating right now, but we have to be ready for our next game here." - Claude Giroux

PROVY'S IMPACT
Ivan Provorov recorded three assists, picking up his first career three-assist game and his second career three-point game… He also tied a career high with seven shots on goal and set a new career high with 28:06 of ice time, coming one game after he played 27:11 at Toronto, which at the time was the second-highest total of his career (now third).

ALT IN A DAYS WORK
Mark Alt appeared in his second NHL game with the first one coming over two seasons and a span of 947 days ago… Paired with Brandon Manning, he logged 16:54 of ice time and had two shots on goal. Alt was told of the recall at approximately 11 a.m. and arrived in Philadelphia the day of the game.

"That's my job to be ready, so when they say to come up, come up. I will do what I can while I'm here. I'm going to do the best that I can." - Mark Alt 

A BIT OF HISTORY
According to the NHL Stats, this is only the second occasion in franchise history that the Flyers have scored two goals in the final minute of regulation to tie a game. The other was February 3, 1980 when the Flyers were trailing Boston 3-1 and received goals from Reggie Leach at 19:11 and Rick MacLeish at 19:44 to tie the game, which ended in a 3-3 tie.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Simmonds on O.T. loss to ArizonaVideo: Hakstol on O.T. loss to Arizona

 

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