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POSTGAME 5: Slimmest of margins

Flyers fire 28 shots, but can't solve Rinne in 1-0 loss to Nashville

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
In what turned out to be a polar opposite of their last meeting, just eight days ago, the outcome was the same as the Flyers fell to the Nashville Predators, 1-0, on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Colton Scissons scored the game's lone goal early in the third period on a 2-on-1 rush to break the scoreless tie off a great play by Kevin Fiala. By the time the first goal was scored in tonight's contest at 16:11 of the third period, six goals had already been scored in last week's meeting, which the team's combined for 11 goals in Nashville's 6-5 win on Oct. 10.

Neuvirth stopped 23 of 24 shots, including 13 of 14 in the third period, to take his second loss of the season, while Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was sharp right from puck drop and stopped all 28 shots he faced to hand the Flyers their first loss on home ice this season.

2. TURNING POINT
The turning point came when Preds' speedy forward Kevin Fiala broke up a pass in the slot and made a nice stickhandling move to free up a 2 on 1 rush at the Flyers blueline. Alongside Fiala was Scissons, who took the feed and, after a quick adjustment, let a shot go to beat Neuvirth stick side at 16:11 of the third period. After a great save on Sean Couturier off an even better pass from Claude Giroux, Scissons goal turned out to be all Nashville would need to take the season series.

3. THREE STARS

1. Pekka Rinne: Secured his first shut out of the year and 44th overall in his career by stopping all 28 shots he faced. 

2. Colton Scissons: Recorded his second goal of the season and his first ever game-winning goal in his young NHL career.  

3. Travis Sanheim: Was re-inserted into the lineup and played his first NHL game at the Wells Fargo Center where he had two shots on goal and logged 19:27 of ice time.

4. STATS & STORYLINES

NEUVY REMAINS SOLID: Michal Neuvirth made several key saves in the game, but ended up taking the loss to run his mark to 1-2-0 this season. A victim of two Flyers shutouts, Neuvirth's numbers actually improved for a third straight game. He now has a 1.36 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in his three starts this year.Video: NSH@PHI: Neuvirth denies rebound chance on slapper

SANHEIM ON HOME ICE: Flyers fans got their first up-close look at rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim, who entered the lineup in favor of Brandon Manning for the first time since returning from the season opening road trip.

Sanheim appeared in all situations: penalty kill, power play and late in periods, while logging the third-most minutes on the team's defense at 19:27.

WRONG END OF HISTORY: The 1-0 loss to Nashville comes exactly 50 years to the day the Flyers picked up a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh in their first-ever home game on Oct. 19, 1967 at the Spectrum.
 
The game marked the 35th 1-0 regulation loss in Flyers history. The most recent occasion was March 25, 2017 in Columbus; the last one at home was on March 31, 2011 vs. Atlanta.

CAREER MOMENTS: Shayne Gostisbehere logged a career-high 25:23 of ice-time, which was 5:49 more than the next closest defenseman - Ivan Provorov (19:34)… Gostisbehere is now averaging nearly 22 minutes of ice time per-game (21:54).

Dale Weise played in his 400th game in the NHL tonight.

Jori Lehtera played his first game as a Flyer. He logged 12:06 of ice time playing alongside Wayne Simmonds and Valtteri Filppula.

Forward Jordan Weal did not play due to an upper-body injury. Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced pre-game that he is day-to-day.

5. THEY SAID IT
"I think both teams had their chances. The goaltenders were really good tonight. They capitalized on their odd man break and it's a shame we didn't get a couple there."
- Travis SanheimVideo: Sanheim on getting back into the line-up

"No it's tough to say. We've been scoring a lot of goals. We had really good chances tonight, but we couldn't get one behind him. It was frustrating to see that, but like I said we gotta move on. We have another big game on Saturday."
- Michal NeuvirthVideo: Neuvirth on 1-0 loss to NSH

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