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POSTGAME 5: Prov-ertime Winner in Seattle, 3-2

Opening a four-game road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Seattle Kraken in overtime, 3-2, at Climate Pledge Arena on Wednesday night. Ivan Provorov (3rd goal of the season) netted the game-winner at 1:32 of sudden death.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

Opening a four-game road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Seattle Kraken in overtime, 3-2, at Climate Pledge Arena on Wednesday night. Ivan Provorov (3rd goal of the season) netted the game-winner at 1:32 of sudden death.

The Flyers were outplayed for most of the game but strong goaltending and a couple of good passes that were turned into goals moments later provided one point for a regulation tie and then a second point for an OT win. 

With the win, the Flyers extended their point streak to six straight games (5-0-1). They swept their first-ever season series against Dave Hakstol's team, 2-0-0. 

James van Riemsdyk (PPG, 6th) and Yanni Gourde (PPG, 7th) traded off power play goals as the game went to the first intermission tied at 1-1. 

With the primary assist on van Riemsdyk's opening goal, Flyers captain Claude Giroux achieved two career milestones: career point No. 884 (passing Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Bill Barber for sole possession of 2nd place in the Flyers' all-time franchise scoring leaderboard) and career assist No. 600.

The Flyers were significantly outplayed through the majority of the first period and the lion's share of the second stanza as well, but the score remained knotted at 1-1 heading into the second intermission.

A would-be go-ahead goal for Seattle's Jaden Schwartz at 5:57 of the third period was overturned on a goalie interference challenge by the Flyers. With 5:28 left, a shift in the Philadelphia zone ended with Jeremy Lauzon (1st) firing a shot past Jones. But a mere 15 seconds later, JVR's second goal of the game (7th of the season) re-tied the score at 2-2 and sent the game to OT.

Martin Jones was outstanding in net for the Flyers, stopping 34 of 36 shots including four in overtime to earn the win. Philipp Grubauer took the loss with 20 saves on 22 shots.

The Flyers went 1-for-3 on the power play. Philadelphia was 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

TURNING POINT

The disallowed Seattle goal gave the Flyers some desperately needed energy, and the immediate JVR response to the Lauzon go-ahead tally assured the Flyers' point streak would continue after being outplayed most of the game.

In 3-on-3 overtime, Jones stopped a one-on-one backhander by Jordan Eberle. Jones later had to make back-to-back saves on Adam Larsson and Calle Järnkrok. Finally, at 2:14, Kevin Hayes connected with a stretch pass to Ivan Provorov. The Flyers defenseman outmaneuvered Grubauer and deposited the game-winner into the net on the backhand.

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MELTZER'S TAKE

1) The Flyers got the game's first power play at 4:29 after Jordan Eberle cross-checked Travis Konecny to the ice high in the Seattle zone. Philadelphia made quick work of the man advantage, controlling the faceoff. At 4:44, Giroux fed van Riemsdyk for a snap shot goal from the left hash marks for a 1-0 lead. Konecny earned the secondary assist.

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The next several scoring chances belonged to Seattle. The closest the Flyers came to a goal was a near goal from the back-door for Zack MacEwen, who wasn't quite able to get to a pass from Morgan Frost for a tap-in. 

At 11:08 of the first period, Seattle went to its first power play on a hooking call against Gerry Mayhew. Seattle tied the game at 12:46 as Gourde fired a shot from outside the right faceoff dot that found the net. The assists went to Carson Soucy and Morgan Geekie.

2) Seattle largely dominated the latter portion of the first period territorially, and controlled the majority of the overall play after the JVR goal. The Flyers had issues with puck management at times and significantly outskated. First period shots were 12-6 in Seattle's favor. The Kraken had 70.8 percent team Corsi at 5-on-5 in the opening 20 minutes. 5-on-5 scoring chances were 6-1 in the Kraken's favor. The Flyers won nine of 15 faceoffs.

3) The Kraken came out once again with more urgency and energy to start the second period. Seattle led 2-0 in shots through six minutes. The Kraken went back to the power play at 6:46 on a Justin Braun hook against Marcus Johansson. Seattle moved the puck well but the Flyers killed it after two good saves by Jones, a couple of latter errant passes by the Kraken and a vital clear. Jones was tested again right after the penalty expired, including a save on Calle Järnkrok. Shots were 7-0 Seattle through 9:06.

It took more than half a period before the Flyers finally spent a shift in the offensive zone and mustered a (routine) shot on goal. Off the next faceoff, Joel Farabee had the Flyers first left scoring opportunity since the MacEwen chance in the first period.

A Max McCormick slashing penalty at 17:53 provided the Flyers with their second power play of the game. Philadelphia generated one good look; a rising shot by Konecny from the right circle. 

4) Second period shots were 11-5 in Seattle's favor as the Flyers once again struggled to move the puck out of their zone and up ice or the stop Seattle from attacking with pace. At 5-on-5, Seattle had a 77.8 percent Corsi. Scoring chances at 5-on-5 were 7-2 in Seattle's favor (3-1 high-danger edge. Other than Jones' play in net, the few bright spots for the Flyers was the energy shown by AHL callups Max Willman and Gerry Mayhew in limited ice time.

5) Forty-nine seconds into the third period, Konecny took a careless tripping penalty in the neutral zone on Jaden Schwartz. Jones fought off a couple shots through traffic.

At 6:57, Schwartz appeared to score a go-ahead goal. The Flyers challenged for goalie interference. The challenge was successful and the goal was taken off the board. Schwartz entered the crease under his own power and made contact with Jones' stick just before the puck arrived.

The Flyers went to the power play at 10:35 when Lauzon was called for roughing MacEwen. The Flyers never generated any chances of quality. With 8:38 remaining and play back at 5-on-5, Jones denied a point-blank chance.

The Flyers got hemmed in their defense zone again. Finally, Larsson won a puck battle and Lauzon fired home a shot for a 2-1 lead at 14:32;The secondary assist went to Järnkrok. On the very next shift, a gorgeous diagonal pass from Travis Sanheim to van Riemsdyk found JVR open in the right slot. His rising shot beat Grubauer high to the short side at 14:47. The secondary assist went to Rasmus Ristolainen.

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Kevin Hayes was not quite able to beat Grubauer with a chance for the Flyers to take the lead. The Flyers followed it up with a good shift by the fourth line. 

Third period shots were 10-9 Flyers. Philly had a 52.8 percent team Corsi in that period and a 7-3 scoring chance edge.

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