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POSTGAME 5: Road Rebound

Flyers put tough loss behind them, beat Leafs 4-2 to end road trip

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers rebounded from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead and skated to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. 

Toronto opened the scoring just over nine minutes into the contest on a goal by Nazem Kadri, which the Flyers answered with a tally from Brandon Manning just over three minutes later. With 1:22 remaining in the frame, Jake Voracek slipped a puck through the pads of Fredrik Andersen to give the Flyers a 2-1 advantage after one period. Valtteri Filppula made it 3-1 with a power play goal 11:03 into the second.

Toronto answered with another goal from Kadri 1:59 later, but Claude Giroux closed out the scoring 2:18 after that, as the teams played out a scoreless third period. Brian Elliott took the win with 28 saves, while Andersen turned away 26. 

The third Flyers goal, a perfectly placed shot on the power play from Valtteri Filppula, turned out to be the difference maker in this one. Not only did it break the string of eight straight scoreless power plays over the last two games, it came just off the Flyers killing a 5-on-3 power play for close to 30 seconds and the remainder of a 5-on-4 for the Leafs, who could've tied it up. Instead the Flyers went up by two, gained all the momentum and added a fourth goal to seal the victory.Video: PHI@TOR: Filppula buries wrist shot for PPG


1. Jakub Voracek: Recorded the second Flyers goal and assisted on the fourth tally to post his third straight multi-point game… He now has goals in two straight games.

2. Brandon Manning: Recorded his third multi-point game of his career… He kicked off the Flyers scoring with his second goal of the year and assisted on Giroux's goal.

3. Nazem Kadri: Had both of Toronto's goals in the game for his first multi-goal game of the year and fourth multi-point game of the season.


RIC FLAIR ROBE: Brandon "Man Dog" Manning gets the Flyers Ric Flair Robe of the game with his goal and an assist. As is custom, he was given the robe by the previous recipient - Jori Lehtera. Video: PHI@TOR: Manning finishes great passing play

Brian Elliott stopped 28 of 30 shots and earned his fifth win of the year for the Flyers in his seventh game… He didn't earn his fifth win last season until Dec. 23, 16 games into the season… His big stop of the game came early in the second period on a partial break by Kasperi Kapanen to keep it a one-goal Flyers lead.Video: PHI@TOR: Elliott denies Kapanen on a great chance

The Flyers top line keeps rolling… The trio combined for four points in the win: Sean Couturier posted an assist on Voracek's first of the night, extending his point streak to three straight games … Also with points in three straight is Jakub Voracek, who led the group with a goal and an assist … Claude Giroux recorded his sixth goal of the year and still has not gone two straight games with a point.

Three of the first four goals scored by the Flyers were glove-side on Andersen, in fairness to the Leafs goaltender, goals by Valtteri Filppula and Claude Giroux were practically bar-down snipe jobs… As a result, the Flyers ruined Andersen's perfect record against the Flyers, which was 6-0-0 entering tonight's game.

Voracek posted yet another multi-point game, his third straight, with a goal and an assist… The always looking to pass first Voracek drove in on a 2-on-1, stutter-stepped then went in on Andersen and slid it five-hole for a 2-1 Flyers lead… He now has six multi-point games this season and now ranks third in the NHL's scoring race with 16 points (2g-14a) while keeping his stranglehold on second in the league in assists (14).

Taylor Leier (#20), Scott Laughton (#21) and Brandon Manning (#23) combined for the first Flyers goal off a great rush. The goal happened after a great passing play kicked off by Leier entering the Leafs zone. He found regular linemate Scott Laughton, who threaded a pass to Brandon Manning joining the rush and fired it across his body to beat Andersen glove side… The goal also evened things up, killing Toronto's momentum after scoring the opening goal.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere left the game with an upper-body injury after the second period. More HERE…

"We're playing well together. We're still working on the chemistry and trying to find each other but at the end of the day we're just trying to help the team. We can do a better job defensively, we know that, so we need to tie a couple things up."
- Claude Giroux

"It was a 2-on-2 and Leiersy made a great play with taking the D man wide. Laughts made another great play by finding me back door and lucky enough it went in."
- Brandon ManningVideo: Manning on win in TorontoVideo: Hakstol on win in Toronto

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