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POSTGAME 5: Point Taken, Point Lost

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers took a 2-1 lead in the third period that Montreal erased and the teams each had a handful of ten-bell chances to win the game in overtime, but it ended up being the Canadiens who triumped 3-2 in the shootout. The teams exchanged fluky-type goals in the first few minutes of the game, with Dale Weise banking a shot in off a Flyers defenseman at 2:56 only to see Nick Cousins float a puck past Mike Condon 10 seconds later. There was no more scoring until the third period, when Michal Raffl gave the Flyers a 2-1 advantage 3:15 into the period. Just over five minutes later, the Canadiens tied it again with a power play tally from Max Pacioretty. There was no more scoring through the rest of regulation and overtime before the Canadiens prevailed in the shootout. Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 of 32 in the loss, while Mike Condon turned aside 35 of 37 to earn the win.

A power-play goal from the Habs captain midway through the third period knotted the score at 2-2 and took the momentum away from the Flyers, who trailed for only 10 seconds in the first period. Max Pacioretty's shot found its way through a screen in front with Neuvirth still getting a piece of it, but not enough to keep it out. The goal set up a deadlock for the remainder of the game and led to a wide open overtime, but it was not enough as Montreal fought back in a shootout to take the extra point.

1 – PK Subban: Was a factor in both of Montreal’s goals with two assists, while logging nearly 31 minutes of ice time (30:55) and three shots on goal.

2 – Shayne Gostisbehere: Extended his point streak to 14 straight games with an assist on the second Flyers goal. He had multiple-chances in overtime and had 22:53 of ice time.

3 – Mike Condon: Stopped 35 of 37 shots he faced through regulation and overtime, and four of five Flyers in the shootout to snap the Canadiens three-game losing skid.
Shayne Gostisbehere extended his point streak to 14 games. The Flyers’ franchise record streak is 18, shared by Eric Lindros and Bobby Clarke. Gostisbehere previously had passed the team’s franchise record for a rookie – 10 held by Mikael Renberg – and for a defenseman, which was 12 held by Brad McCrimmon… The Flyers had 37 shots on goal, which is the most they’ve had in a game against Montreal since they had 45 in a 3-2 win on November 22, 2010 in Philadelphia. The last time they did it in Montreal was a week earlier when they had 41 in a 3-0 loss on November 16, 2010… Seventeen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one shot. Claude Giroux and Mark Streit led the Flyers with five shots apiece… Giroux had six PIM in the game. It’s only the sixth time in his career he’s had six or more PIM in a game.

“We carried the most of the first period and a little bit of the second. A little bit of penalties in the second, but I think overall we played pretty solid. Shootout’s just the flip of a coin. We’ll take the point and move on to (Saturday). We’ve got to come out with the same effort.”
- Nick Cousins

“I think we let the game slip through our hands a little bit there. We were all over them all night. We had plenty of shots. It’s just…goalie played well.”
- Shayne Gostisbehere

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