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POSTGAME 5: Simmertime in Overtime

Wayne Simmonds tallies game winner for Flyers 3-2 OT win against Ducks

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Wayne Simmonds scored 44 seconds into overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory, which snapped an eight-game losing skid to the Ducks on Saturday night in Anaheim.

The Flyers took the lead for the first time just over eight minutes into the contest when Ivan Provorov scored moments after a Flyers power play ended. Anaheim evened the count just under four minutes later on a goal by Antoine Vermette. 

Philadelphia regained the lead on a Sean Couturier second period goal, but Anaheim knotted it again on a Cam Fowler shorthanded goal just a few minutes into the third frame. Simmonds bagged the game-winner off an assist from Couturier. Brian Elliott stopped 21 of 23 for his second win of the year, while John Gibson absorbed the loss with 34 saves. 
 

2. TURNING POINT
When Sean Couturier's pass was tipped into open ice on the dangerous 3 on 3 overtime from a fast transitioning Ducks team it nearly spelled trouble, but Couturier not only fought to regain control of the puck, but made a nifty backhand pass to a breaking Simmonds who went in close on Gibson and fired a laser low glove-side… The goal gave the Flyers their second win in the last four nights. Video: PHI@ANA: Simmonds wins game in OT with rocket shot

3. THREE STARS

1. Wayne Simmonds: Scored his fourth goal of the year and his four shots led all Flyers in the win.  

2. John Gibson: Made 34 saves in the loss, but was perhaps the biggest reason why the Ducks secured a point in the contest after making several point blank saves, including one in the final seconds on Travis Konecny. 

3. Ivan Provorov: A goal and an assist for his first multi-point game of the year, while also logging an even 25:00 of ice time to lead the Flyers. 

4. STATS & STORYLINES

Third Is Always A Charm: The Flyers once again let a barrage of shots go against their opponent in the third period, while limiting their chances. It has been their most dominant period of this early season. The Flyers outshot the Ducks, 15-4, in this game and have now outshot the opposition 49 to 20 to begin 2017-18.

Patrick's Point: Patrick had some new linemates for the game tonight, centering Travis Konecny and Dale Weise… Konecny fed him a great pass on a 2-on-1 down low, but Gibson made the save… Later on an expiring power play, he recorded his first NHL point playing on the second unit. After taking a pass from Jordan Weal, he then fed Ivan Provorov in from the point for a one-timer he blew by Gibson. Provorov and Patrick have connected before - the pair were teammates on Brandon and had plenty of power-play time in WHL. 

History For G: Claude Giroux recorded an assist on Sean Couturier's second-period goal. It was the 396th assist of Giroux's career, which moves him into sole possession of fourth place on the Flyers All Time List in the assists category. Giroux started the season tied with Mark Recchi; he now trails only Bobby Clarke, Brian Propp, and Bill Barber. He sits 67 assists away from Barber's 463.

Jake Driving: Voracek recorded his fourth assist on the season and it was a beauty… Driving to the net wide on Josh Manson, Voracek threw a behind the back touch pass to Couturier in front, who then tapped it past Gibson for his first of the year… Including Giroux, the trio has now combined for nine points so far this season (2g-7a).

"We're still trying to create more chemistry, build, and get better," said Couturier. "We are three smart players who can read off each other and know how to make plays and control the puck. We want to control the puck as much as possible and hopefully get a lot of offense out of our line."

Pesky Ducks: Anaheim was on the verge of pulling off another comeback, twice… With the Flyers grabbing the first goal, the Ducks scored the equalizer on a 4-on-4 situation with a wide open Antoine Vermette, who one-timed it past Elliott. The goal was his 500th NHL point.

Then after Couturier put the Flyers ahead again, Cam Fowler ripped a shot past Elliott coming down the left side in a shorthanded situation to knot the score back at 2-2.

Wealy Feeling It: Jordan Weal notched an assist on Provorov's goal giving him points in two of the three games on the road trip… He also had a point blank chance on Gibson with five minutes left in the first period, but Gibson was up to the task. Weal finished the game with a plus-1, three shots and 18:11 of ice time.

5. THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Simmonds following OT game-winnerVideo: Hear from coach Hakstol following OT win vs. ANA

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