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POSTGAME 5: Roman Holiday

Lyubimov's late goal leads Flyers to third straight win heading into All-Star break

by @NHLFlyers


Roman Lyubimov played the hero, scoring the game-winning goal with under three minutes to go in regulation to earn a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs and give the Flyers their third straight victory heading into the All Star break.

The game kicked off with the Flyers killing a four-minute double minor on Ivan Provorov and then turning the tables on the Maple Leafs by getting on the board first with a goal from Wayne Simmonds. Travis Konecny had a great feed to set up Simmonds' breakaway on Curtis McElhinney to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

William Nylander struck back for the Maple Leafs with under five minutes remaining in the second period, staying with the play and potting a rebound in scrum in front of Michal Neuvirth.

The Flyers then outshot Toronto, 15 to 9, in the third as Lyubimov's tally stood up with the Leafs pulling McElhinney, who made 32 saves in the loss, while Neuvirth stopped 27 of 28 shots.Video: Locker room comments following the Flyers win

Roman Lyubimov's fourth goal of the season was perhaps his biggest of his young NHL career. The play unfolded with Lyubimov sliding a puck to the crease from a sharp angle, causing a scrum in front. The puck then popped back out near the slot, where he got a second crack at it and fired it through the chest and arm and past McElhinney. It gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead late in the third and caused Toronto to pull the goalie for an extra attacker.Video: TOR@PHI: Lyubimov gives the Flyers a late lead in 3rd


1 - Roman Lyubimov: Recorded the game-winning goal and had three shots on goal while logging just under 10 minutes of ice time. 

2 - Nick Cousins: Had four shots on goal and saw significant time on the power play. 

3 - William Nylander: Recorded the lone Maple Leafs goal, his fourth career point in three games against the Flyers. 


* Simmonds scored for the third straight game and has posted at least a point in five of his last seven games with four goals and six points.Video: TOR@PHI: Simmonds finishes breakaway to open scoring

* The Flyers won their third consecutive game have not allowed a power play goal in any of those games, going 8 for 8 in that run.
* The Flyers have allowed just three goals in the last three games. They had allowed 3.53 goals per game in the 15 games since their win streak came to an end.
* Ivan Provorov led the Flyers with six shots on goal and nine total attempts. He played 23:02 despite spending four minutes serving a high sticking double minor, and had two blocked shots.
* Travis Konecny had an assist and led the Flyers with five hits.
"We were doing some mistakes and we weren't playing a team game. I think we started figuring out a little bit, obviously we can still get better, we can still improve as a team but we're definitely going in the right direction right now, we have to make sure, it doesn't matter how many you win in a row, you keep building on your game."
- Claude Giroux

"Both teams had some good scoring chances, but it was a real competitive second period. We could feel we were headed in the right direction and the first couple shifts of the third period really set the tone. You got to contribute that to the guys in the locker room and the mindset they came out of the room with."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Dave Hakstol on the 2-1 win over Toronto

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