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POSTGAME 5: Snowed In

Flyers fight back to get a point, but Avalanche take 5-4 shootout win over Flyers

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers and Avs exchanged leads in a see-saw battle that went past regulation, but it was Mikko Rantanen's goal in the third attempt of a shootout that gave the Avalanche an extra point and a 5-4 win over the Flyers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Avs got out to a 1-0 lead by scoring with just 1.2 seconds left in the first period on a face-off while on the power play, but the Flyers countered with two straight goals six minutes into the second for a 2-1 lead.

Colorado answered with two consecutive goals of their own to grab the lead back, including a shorthanded tally to tie it at 2-2, but Jakub Voracek batted in a puck at a sharp angle just inside the post to tie it at 3-3. The teams traded goals yet again with Nail Yakupov regaining the lead for Colorado and Dale Weise scoring his second of the year to tie it up for a fourth and final time in this one.

The two teams combined for 11 shots in the five minute, 3-on-3 overtime with both goaltenders up to the challenge. Michal Neuvirth finished the game with 23 total saves, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots, including 2 of 3 skaters in the shootout to preserve the win.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came on an opportune moment in the shootout that saw the Flyers go from the early lead to the final shot that went in off of Rantanen's stick… The Flyers got the opening goal from Jordan Weal, who placed a perfect shot over the glove of Varlamov… From there, Nathan MacKinnon scored the equalizer on the very next shot and after each goalie shut down the second shooter, Jakub Voracek was denied on the third attempt, while Rantanen decked forehand to beat Neuvirth and give Colorado their third straight win.

3. THREE STARS

1. Mikko Rantanen: Scored on the power-play in the second period to regain the Avalanche lead, while also potting the game-winner in the shootout to give them the win.
 
2. Nathan MacKinnon: Scored a key goal in the shootout and added two assists for his third straight multi-point game.

3. Claude Giroux: The Flyers captain posted a goal, four shots on net and logged nearly 24 minutes of ice time in the loss.Video: COL@PHI: Giroux wires in rebound on the power play

4. STATS & STORYLINES

SPECIAL FORCES
Colorado was in this one due to their special teams play… They recorded the opening goal on a face-off play as the first period wound down on the man advantage. Then after the Flyers caught momentum and tallied two straight goals and threatened for a few more, Blake Comeau came down the wing shorthanded and sniped one on Neuvirth to knot the score again.

Less than a minute later, the Avs went on the power-play and converted 14 seconds in to regain the lead. This was just the third game all season that Colorado tallied twice on the power play and first time they scored three goals on special teams.

The difference maker in this one however, was the skills competition at the end which they won for the first time this year in their first opportunity.

GHOST RETURNS
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere returned to the lineup tonight after missing three games with an upper-body injury… He recorded an assist while logging over 26 minutes of ice-time (26:28), including several minutes in the 3-on-3 overtime... He also had 11 shot attempts in the game, four on net, four that missed and three that were blocked.

Although missing the previous three games, Gostisbehere extended his point streak to three games and is ranked second among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 14 points (1g-13a) in 12 games. 

GIMME A BREAK
The Flyers completed their seventh game in a 12-day span, four of which came on the road, including a back-to-back set… Following tonight's game they now have four full days off from game action - it's their first break of four or more days so far this season, including preseason and training camp in September.

CLANK
Michal Neuvirth got a little help from a goaltender's best friend - the post…  The Avs rang shots not once, not twice, but three times off the post in this one… A floater from the point found it's way through the bodies in front, and Neuvirth, but hit the bottom of the left side post… Sven Andrighetto then hit one a little before the midway point of the second, while Mark Barberio just past the midway through the second.

WORTH NOTING
Ivan Provorov played 28 minutes even and has now played 27 minutes or more each of his last five games … Valtteri Filppula scored his fifth goal of the season and was 8-for-10 (80 pct) on faceoffs … Voracek recorded a goal and an assist and Couturier recorded an assist, giving each player 18 points on the season - They are now both in the top six in the NHL in scoring, with Giroux lurking one point behind.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Hear from Gostisbehere following OT loss to COLVideo: Hear from Konecny on OT loss vs. COLVideo: Hear from Hakstol following OT loss to COL

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