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POSTGAME 5: Shark Bite

Flyers skid continues in 3-1 loss to San Jose

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

An early goal by Claude Giroux was all the Flyers could get past San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell as the Sharks took a 3-1 win. 

Giroux tallied just 48 seconds into the game to give the Flyers a 1-0 advantage, but the Sharks answered with a goal from Chris Tierney with 9:31 left in the first and a power play tally from Joe Thornton with 1:18 remaining. Marc-Edouard Vlasic added another insurance marker with 3:56 left in the second. 

Dell made 22 saves to earn the win, while Michal Neuvirth turned away 31 for the Flyers.

TURNING POINT
The turning point in this one was the third Sharks goal… Marc-Edouard Vlasic wrested a shot from the left side point that found its way through traffic and beat Neuvirth with under four minutes to go in the second period… The goal was enough to put the game eventually out of reach as the Flyers headed into a third period that saw just 10 shots shots by both teams.

THREE STARS

1. Joe Thornton: Recorded the second Sharks goal which knotted the score at 1-1… He now has a four-game point streak (2g-3a).

2. Logan Couture: Recorded his second straight multi-point game by posting two assists, both of which were primary assists, including the game-winner.

3. Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Recorded the third Sharks goal while posting four shots in total and logging 23:40 of ice.

STATS & STORYLINES

TEAM MEETING
Following the game, the club's ninth straight loss, the players held a team meeting and were asked about it postgame:

"Well, we're frustrated. The position we're in right now is really frustration actually. It's not the position that we thought we would be in right now. The only way to get out of it is to go back to work and grind it out a little bit more." - Claude Giroux

"It's not this one. It's all nine. It's a cumulative thing. We have had leads. We have had chances to win in overtime. Shootouts whatever it may be and we haven't done it. I know it's unacceptable. This isn't right." - Wayne Simmonds

"There is a lot of games where you got an opportunity for us to play better and actually we have had a few of the meetings normally that's not a good sign but you just got to work hard. You got to try to get out of this mess and the next game is another opportunity." - Valtteri Filppula

GIROUX EXTENDS STREAK
Claude Giroux led the Flyers with four shots on goal and extended his point streak to five straight games… In that span, he has two goals and five assists for seven points.Video: SJS@PHI: Giroux buries Voracek's feed for early lead

HAGG KEEPS HITTING
Robert Hagg was credited with nine hits, which is the most in a game by a Flyers rookie since the NHL began tracking the stat in 1997. He eclipsed the previous high of eight shared by Harry Zolnierczyk (Nov. 2011) and Colin Forbes (April 1998). The Flyers had 34 hits on the game, giving them their second in the last three games of that amount after recording 35 against the Islanders last Saturday.

WORTH NOTING
The Flyers blocked 22 San Jose shots, tying a season high. Twelve of their 18 skaters got in the way of at least one shot… Ivan Provorov logged over 25 minutes of ice time for the third straight game (25:47) and has 25+ minutes in six of his last seven games… The Flyers have scored the first goal in six of their last seven games.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Hear from Simmonds following loss to SJSVideo: Hear from Hakstol following loss to SJS

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