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POSTGAME 5: Sim City

Simmonds scores the OT winner as Flyers end homestand with thrilling, 2-1 win over Sharks

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Wayne Simmonds stole the show as he stripped the puck off of Brent Burns and scored on a breakaway in overtime to give the Flyers a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks to end their five-game homestand.

The Sharks initially took a 1-0 lead early in the first period, capitalizing on a power-play, but Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol challenged the goal due to goaltender interference and the officials overturned the call to disallow the goal.

From there, the teams skated to a scoreless tie through first two periods, until Ivan Provorov finally broke it with a perfectly placed shot over Sharks netminder Aaron Dell's shoulder.

The Sharks responded with a power-play goal midway through the third as Patrick Marleau finally solved Michal Neuvirth to tie it back up and force overtime where Simmonds tallied his first career game-winning goal in overtime. 

The turning point is also the highlight of the night - Wayne Simmonds OT winner. The play unfolded with Simmonds holding his ground at the Flyers blueline in the 3 on 3 extra session, where he stripped the puck off of All-Star defenseman, Brent Burns, who was charging his way through the neutral zone. Simmonds went in full speed, backhand-forehand and squeezed it just past Dell's pads to seal the win. Video: SJS@PHI: Simmonds' breakaway leads to epic OT winner


1 - Wayne Simmonds: In addition to his first career OT winner, it was his team-leading 23rd goal of the season.

2 - Aaron Dell: Stopped 33 of 35 shots in the loss, moving his career record to 1-0-1 against the Flyers.

3 - Ivan Provorov: Recorded the first Flyers goal, his fifth of the season, and fired three shots on goal while logging over 22 minutes of ice-time again.Video: SJS@PHI: Provorov picks the corner off juicy rebound

* With the win, the Flyers snapped a six-game winless skid AND nine-game winless skid on home ice against the Sharks earning their first victory in Philadelphia since Dec. 21, 2000. 

* The Flyers finished their season high, five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 record… Up next, they hit the road for three games in Western Canada with visits to Calgary (Tuesday), Edmonton (Wednesday) and Vancouver (Sunday).

* This was the 10th Flyers game decided in overtime this season - the Flyers now own a 7-3 record in games decided in overtime.

* Simmonds logged the most ice time of any Flyer with 24:38 and had five shots on goal.

* Jakub Voracek picked up an assist in his second straight game and continues to lead the Flyers in scoring with 47 points (14g-33a).

"I don't even know who was near me, I was just trying to go full speed and just put the puck in the back of the net. We needed those two points desperately, it was huge for us. I thought we played a great game, starting in the net, going out and I thought every single guy on this team played great."
- Wayne SimmondsVideo: Simmonds Postgame Interview Sharks

"It's really hard to stand up here and say our team's playing pretty good hockey when the results aren't coming. But our team's been playing pretty good hockey. We had to win a tight, close one today. 2-1 in overtime. Maybe that's the way it's going to be. We had good opportunities tonight. Their goaltender played well and I thought we played pretty solid 200-foot hockey throughout the 60+ minutes."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Coach Hakstol Postgame Press Conference

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