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Wayne Simmonds scored his second goal of the game with 8:04 left in the third period and it held up as the winner in an eventual 4-2 victory over Montreal. The Flyers went up 2-0 in the first period on power-play goals by Simmonds at 6:11 and by Brayden Schenn at 15:26, but the Canadiens got one back before the break on a PPG from Andrei Markov with 1:42 left in the frame. In the second, Jeff Petry knotted the score with a tally 2:30 into the period. There was no more scoring until the second Simmonds goal, and later Matt Read iced it with an empty-netter. Jake Voracek assisted on three of the four goals. Steve Mason stopped 30 of 32 shots, while Mike Condon stopped 32 of 35.
In the first minute of the third period, Voracek received a roughing minor after challenging P.K. Subban for a transgression on Wayne Simmonds a few moments earlier. The Flyers were not happy with the progression of events, and upon killing the penalty, Voracek and linemates Simmonds and Claude Giroux appeared visibly determined to get the game-winner, which they did just under 10 minutes later. The Flyers then went on to kill off a five-minute major penalty assessed to Radko Gudas with 7:44 left in the game.
1ST – Steve Mason: Made 30 saves, several of them outstanding and virtually all of them well-controlled. Even Markov’s goal involved a large bit of luck on his part, as Mason had just made an underratedly-outstanding save on a drive by Alex Galchenyuk that unfortunately rebounded off the end boards and right out to Markov on the opposite side.
2ND – Wayne Simmonds: Recorded his second two-goal game in his last three and his fourth two-goal game of the season, and extended his scoring streak to four games (4-2-6). Simmonds had eight shots on goal and 10 total attempts; he had nine shots in the last two-goal game on Jan. 25 vs. Boston. He now has seven goals in his last 11 games.
3RD – Jake Voracek: Recorded three assists to increase his season total to 31, which is now good for eighth place in the NHL. With the points, he extended his scoring streak to four games (3-5-8). Three of the four games have been multi-point games.
Voracek recorded his eighth career game of three assists or more. The last one came on March 21, 2015 at Edmonton; the last one at home came on Nov. 8, 2014 vs. COL… Voracek increased his assist total to 31, which is now good for eighth place in the NHL. With the points, he extended his scoring streak to four games (3-5-8). Three of the four games have been multi-point games. Brayden Schenn also extended his scoring streak to four games. He has three goals and three assists for six points in the stretch… Shayne Gostisbehere extended his scoring streak to five games. He has a goal and six assists for seven points in the span… The Flyers had 67 shot attempts to Montreal’s 59. They were 2-for-4 on the power play and were credited with 11 shots… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Gostisbehere’s scoring streak is the longest for a Flyers rookie since Sean Couturier had a six-game streak from Jan. 8 through Jan. 19, 2012.
“It’s funny, during our TV timeout there, I didn’t realize we were going on the kill. G comes up and asks if I’m ready to kill five minutes. And it looks like we were. It completely caught me off guard there. But that was just a fantastic kill all around. The type of shot blocking that went on, the compete to take time and space away, two huge chances for [us] by Coots and, I think Vanny, maybe. Just a great kill, and at a huge point in the game, too.” (Steve Mason)
“It was good to get the power play going and get the first goal. There’s a lot of games where we haven't had the first goal and we’re working to get back into the game. We have to keep getting goals, those first few goals in the period. We did that against Washington, too. We just have to find a way to keep it.”