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POSTGAME 5: Point Taken

Flyers fire 55 shots on the Ducks, come up short in shootout, 4-3

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers tied a franchise record for shots in a road game with 55, but couldn't quite enough of them past John Gibson and had to settle for a point in a 4-3 shootout loss. 

Ryan Kesler opened the scoring 7:55 into the first period with a goal that Travis Konecny answered 19 seconds later, but Kesler picked up the next two - one with 4:06 left to play in the first and the other 1:09 into the third - to complete the hat trick. Sean Couturier pulled the Flyers back within a goal 37 seconds later, and then Brayden Schenn tied it on the power play at the 3:06 mark of the second. 

The Flyers fired 37 more shots at Gibson the rest of the way but couldn't sneak any by him, and after Jake Voracek extended the shootout with a third-round goal, Corey Perry won it with a fifth-round tally. Steve Mason turned away 22 of 25.

2. THE TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came on the game-winning shootout goal from Corey Perry in the fifth round to put the Ducks up and forced the Flyers to score for second time to extend the game. Wayne Simmonds was denied by a great pad save by Gibson just prior to Perry's goal, and Sean Couturier was denied in the fifth round.Video: Simmonds on 4-3 shootout loss to Ducks

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Ryan Kesler: Recorded all three regulation goals for his first hat trick as a Duck.

2 - John Gibson: Stopped 51 shots thrown at him, including all 14 in the third period, three in overtime and four of five players in the shootout.

3 - Sean Couturier: Recorded his first goal in three games since returning to the lineup, had three shots and went 65 percent on face offs. 

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers tied a franchise record for shots in a road game with 55, done twice before: March 1, 2007 at BOS (4-3 OTW) and Feb. 21, 2012 at WPG (5-4 OTW). It's the most shots they've ever had in a road loss. The 2/21/12 game at WPG was the last time the Flyers had 55 shots in any game.
 
* The Flyers had 38 shots through two periods; per the Elias Sports Bureau, they last did that when they had 38 through two periods on Oct. 13, 2001 at FLA.
 
* Also per Elias, the last time the Flyers outshot the opponent by 30 or more shots was Feb. 26, 2015 when they outshot Toronto 49-17 (+32) in a 3-2 loss at Air Canada Centre.
 
* Seventeen of the 18 Flyers skaters registered at least one shot on goal. Michael Del Zotto and Brayden Schenn led the Flyers with seven shots apiece; Del Zotto had 11 total attempts, while Shayne Gostisbehere had 10.

* Steve Mason has started 15 of the last 16 games for the Flyers.Video: Mason talks about the shootout loss to Ducks

5. THEY SAID IT
"The last game I played in St. Louis me and Simmy had a 2-on-1 similar to this one. I stayed on my forehand side and it kind of took away the opportunity for him to make the pass. Tonight, we had the exact same opportunity so I read off the last game and i just drove the net hard and the puck ended up in a good area for me and I got two good whacks at it and it ended up going in."
- Travis Konecny

"It feels good to score coming off IR. it's never easy getting back into the rhythm but every shift and every game I think I'm getting better and this one is huge for the confidence."
- Sean CouturierVideo: Coach Hakstol on a tough 4-3 shootout loss

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