Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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San Jose erased a 2-1 deficit with three third period goals – two on power plays and one right after a power play ended – to take a 4-2 win over the Flyers. After a scoreless first period, the teams traded tallies in the second starting when Joe Thornton roofed a PPG past Steve Mason at 9:53. Then with 4:11 left in the period, Claude Giroux shot a puck directly off a faceoff that beat Martin Jones, tying the game at the second intermission. The Flyers took the lead just over four minutes into the third when Jake Voracek knocked a puck loose at the Flyers blue line to Wayne Simmonds, who persevered through a check and sprung Sean Couturier on a breakaway that he converted at the 4:19 mark. But San Jose responded with a power play goal from Brent Burns about 90 seconds later, and then took the lead on a Joe Pavelski goal that came two seconds after another Flyers penalty expired. Pavelski’s second came with 49 seconds left and iced things for the Sharks, who outshot the Flyers 33-19. Mason turned away 29 shots while Jones stopped 17.
The Flyers had seized momentum early in the third period when the line of Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek created their eighth goal in their six games together, starting with Voracek pressuring Brent Burns into a turnover. But the Sharks took advantage of another power play almost immediately afterwards, with Burns atoning for his sins by scoring a goal that re-tied the game. It put the Sharks in position to move ahead with Joe Pavelski’s pair of third-period tallies.
1ST – Joe Thornton: Started the scoring with his PPG in the second period and later helped set up the game-tying tally from Burns.
2ND – Joe Pavelski: Scored the game-winning goal in the third period, and also added an insurance tally that ended the Flyers’ hopes of forcing overtime.
3RD – Logan Couture: Recorded two assists in his first game back from emergency surgery on Dec. 10 to correct an arterial bleed in his thigh.
Giroux snapped a five-game scoreless streak with his goal tonight. It was the longest gap without a point for him since the first five games of the 2013-14 season. Giroux had three shots on goal, blocked two shots and was 17-for-26 on faceoffs… Although Voracek forced the turnover that resulted in Couturier’s breakaway goal, he did not qualify for an assist on the play and thus his six-game scoring streak came to an end… The Flyers were outshot 33-19, but had 50 shot attempts to San Jose’s 51. Nineteen Flyers shots were blocked by the Sharks, and another 12 missed the net. Twelve of San Jose’s 33 shots came during their six power plays… Radko Gudas blocked a shot, had five shot attempts and was credited with five hits.
"The last few games we’ve given up one or two [power play goals] We’ve done an outstanding job before that. We’ve been on a good run killing very, very well. The last couple games here, it’s little things. It’s little things that end up beating you on the PK."
"It’s just part of my game, playing hard and making it tough on their tough players. [Thornton] didn’t like it, so we went at it. It’s just part of the game."