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POSTGAME 5: Shark Attack

Sharks jump all over Flyers for 6-1 win at the SAP Center on Saturday night in San Jose

by @NHLFlyers

Timo Meier registered his first NHL hat trick to power the Sharks past the Flyers, 6-1 at the SAP Center on Saturday night. 

After Marcus Ferraro and Joel Kellman each picked up their first NHL goals in the first and second periods, respectively, Meier made it 3-0 at the 9:21 mark of the second period to give San Jose a 3-0 lead. 

Ivan Provorov scored on the power play 51 seconds into the third period that looked to give the Flyers some momentum, but Meier erased it 45 seconds later on a subsequent odd-man rush that made it 4-1. He completed the hat trick with 7:08 remaining, and Patrick Marleau closed out the scoring with 2:40 left. 

Carter Hart absorbed the loss with 23 saves, while Martin Jones stopped 26 of 27 in the win.

Three Stars:
1st: Timo Meier (3g, +5)
2nd: Mario Farraro (1st NHL goal, assist)
3rd: Barclay Goodrow (3a)

Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly eliminated by the Sharks, who just 45 seconds later, capitalized on a 3-on-1 rush and restored their three-goal lead... The goal from Timo Meier was his second of the game and killed any momentum the Flyers started.

* Christmas break interruption aside, Saturday's game was a good Illustration of why there is such a steep difference between the Flyers' stellar home record and mediocre road mark. On the road, they've too often had to chase games and been more prone to lapses in their attention to detail. The Sharks also played with much more urgency and hunger for the puck. It didn't take long for Alain Vigneault to start juggling line combined, because very little was working.

* A bad neutral zone turnover, a stretch pass that led to a breakaway goal and getting outnumbered in the trenches before a deflection goal led to a 3-0 deficit for the Flyers before the game was halfway through. 

* There are many things that Carter Hart does very well, especially for such a young NHL goalie. However, his puckhandling decision-making and execution must improve as evidenced by a few miscues in the first and second period.

* The Flyers had a late second power play period opportunity to get on the board -- against the top-ranked PK in the NHL -- and generate momentum heading into the third. Unfortunately, they weren't able to capitalize. The Flyers did cash in on their power play to start the third period, but Timo Meier's second goal of the game answered Ivan Provorov's goal just one shift later. Video: PHI@SJS: Provorov hammer heavy one-timer for PPG

* The loss snapped the Flyers four-game winning streak.

* The Flyers dropped their 10th of 15 games against the Western Conference tonight with their record now sitting at 5-8-2.

* The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in four straight games, going 6-for-19 (31.5%).

* Ivan Provorov scored his ninth goal of the season, which moves him into the Top 10 among NHL d-men in goals (T-8th).

* With his assist on Provorov's goal, Sean Couturier has now recorded a point in five of his last six games.
* James van Riemsdyk played in his 300th game as a Flyer.

* The Flyers are right back at it with a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. on the east coast on NBCSP or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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