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POSTGAME 5: Rally Falls Short

Flyers come back from four-goal deficit, but eventually fall in Chicago

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers recorded three goals in a four-minute span at the start of the third period to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 4-4 tie, but the Blackhawks pulled away with three more goals to take a 7-4 decision in Chicago.

Patrick Kane scored 56 seconds into the contest to give the Hawks a 1-0 advantage, and two goals late in the period made it 3-0 at the first intermission. After Chicago added one more to make it 4-0, Matt Read scored the next two goals, one with 1:37 left in the second period and the other 37 seconds into the third, while Sean Couturier scored and then Wayne Simmonds tied it just under two minutes later on the power play.

Chicago then went on to add two goals in a six-minute span with under 10 minutes to go in the third period and an empty-netter sealed the win for the Blackhawks… Michal Neuvirth started the game and departed after allowing four goals on 16 shots in just over 25 minutes; Steve Mason came on and absorbed the loss in relief, turning away 9 of 11 in 33+ minutes of action.

2. THE TURNING POINT
After the Flyers scored four straight goals to tie the game, Artem Anisimov capped off a 2-on-1 alongside Artemi Panarin with 9:36 left in the third period make it 5-4 and stop the Flyers momentum dead in their tracks… Chicago added another goal with four minutes left in the game to solidify the win.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Marian Hossa: His lone goal of the game was a major milestone in his 18-year NHL career, his 500th goal in the NHL.

2 - Artem Anisimov: Posted two goals and two assists, which included the game-winning goal, the fifth of the night for the Blackhawks, while recording a plus-3 rating.

3 - Artemi Panarin: Recorded a three-point night with two goals in almost identical fashion, a pair of one-timers from the left circle, and had the primary assist on the game-winning goal.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Flyers erased a four-goal deficit for the first time since October 27, 2011 in a 9-8 loss to Winnipeg.

* In that game, the Flyers faced deficits of 5-1 and 6-2 before coming back to take a 7-6 lead, only to come up short in the end.

* Matt Read recorded his eighth career multi-goal game, but his first since March 15, 2014 vs. Pittsburgh.

* Wayne Simmonds led the Flyers in shots (6) and hits (6) & Pierre-Edouard Bellemare went 11-for-12 (92 pct) on faceoffs.

* Claude Giroux had three assists, giving him his 14th career game of three or more helpers…

* Travis Konecny picked up an assist to give him four on the season, which is the most of any NHL rookie and ranks among the top 10 in the entire NHL & Roman Lyubimov made his NHL debut, recording two hits in 11:14 of ice time.
 
5. THEY SAID IT
"The bottom line is, we were not complete enough tonight all the way through to get the points. The positive is that the group in the room came out and stayed with it and tied the game up, which was excellent."
- Flyers head coach, Dave Hakstol
 
"We moved the puck well and came back. From there, we were back on our heels again and were not being as aggressive and supporting each other on the ice as much… We need to stay positive, learn from our mistakes and move forward."
- Matt Read

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