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POSTGAME 5: Seven Up!

Patrick's four points, JVR's Hat Trick spark Flyers to 7-4 win over Wild

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
James van Riemsdyk recorded a hat trick and Nolan Patrick posted a four-point night as the Flyers racked up seven goals to earn a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers fell into an early two-goal hole, but then responded with a pair of their own to knot the score at 2-2 after 20 minutes... The Flyers then posted three goals on six shots in the second to take a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes and each time the Wild got one back, they kept responding.

In the end, Wayne Simmonds recorded a pair of goals, Scott Laughton had three assists and Carter Hart stopped 34 of 38 shots in the victory. Devan Dubnyk stopped 15 of 20 shots and was pulled after the second in favor of Alex Stalock, who made five saves in relief.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Nolan Patrick (2g-2a)
2 - James van Riemsdyk (Hat Trick)
3 - Wayne Simmonds (2g)

TURNING POINT
A timeout by Scott Gordon after the Flyers fell into an early 0-2 hole settled the team down and from there on the Flyers struck with the game plan, didn't "chase" the game and didn't feel pressured to take unnecessary chances to get the goal back. The result was outscoring the Wild 7 to 2 the rest of the game.Video: MIN@PHI: Patrick puts puck between his legs, scores

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) The Flyers dug an early hole for themselves, and put themselves in the position of having to chase the game. Jason Zucker, who scored in both games against Philly last season, tucked a rebound through Carter Hart's pads from just outside the blue paint. Then Phil Varone committed a double-whammy; a turnover and an inadvertent deflection of Joel Eriksson Ek's shot from the top of the circle that dribbled under Hart's blocker. To Hart's credit, despite the two early goals, he kept battling for saves. 

2) The Wild took a risk challenging James van Riemsdyk's deflection power play goal for offside on the entry. A reverse angle seemed to confirm the puck was offside before the blueline touch-up but it was close. The goal was upheld, and the Flyers had a much-needed PPG from their new five-forward first unit.Video: MIN@PHI: van Riemsdyk notches second goal of the game

3) The Flyers pulled even at 18:48 on a nicely orchestrated sequence and a seeing-eye shot by Claude Giroux that deflected in off JVR's skate. The whole key to the play was the offensive zone entry by van Riemsdyk and then JVR continuing to skate to the net to create traffic in front of Dubnyk, The puck first went off Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser and then off JVR's skate boot to tie the game at 2-2... Travis Sanheim was not trying for a bank shot off the end boards but it worked out that way as Patrick was right there to stash it home between his legs off the initial ricochet for his 2nd goal of the game and the Flyers first lead of the night at 4-3.

4) The Flyers came out on the short end of a crucial replay ruling: Minnesota challenged a no-goal call on a tally for Ryan Suter Suter initially waved off for incidental contact by Eric Staal with Hart in the crease. Upon review, officials ruled that Hägg pushed Staal into Hart. Instead of a 5-3 lead, the Flyers advantage was cut to 5-4. 

5) To their credit, the Flyers didn't wilt. Greg Pateryn had his pocket picked after he grabbed a flip from Laughton into the neutral zone. Simmonds soloed in transition and beat Stalock with a rising wrister from the slot.Video: MIN@PHI: Simmonds snaps wrister past Dubnyk

JUST THE STATS

* The Flyers scored three goals on six shots in the second period and put up seven goals for the second time this season (7-4 win at OTT on Oct. 10)

* James van Riemsdyk posted his fourth career hat trick and first hat trick since rejoining the Flyers - It's also his second hat trick as a Flyer (Mar. 26, 2011 vs. NYI).

* He has multiple points in three straight games with seven points (5g-2a), including goals in three straight games. 

* Sean Couturier extended his point streak to four straight games - he has six points (1g-5a) during this stretch.

* Nolan Patrick posted his second career two-goal game and established a new career high with four points (2g-2a) along with a +4 rating.

THEY SAID IT

Video: Scott Gordon on Flyers' 7-4 win vs WildVideo: Patrick, JVR & Simmonds on their big game vs. Wild

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