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POSTGAME 5: Strong Effort, One Goal Short

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers outshot the Capitals 11-6 in the final period in search of an equalizer, but could not solve Braden Holtby and fell 1-0 to Washington in Game 6, conceding the series four games to two. The teams battled a scoreless deadlock for nearly half the game before Nicklas Backstrom scored just under nine minutes into the second period. It was the only scoring on the entire afternoon thanks to two outstanding goaltending performances – Holtby stopped all 26 shots he faced, while Michal Neuvirth turned aside 28 of 29. 

The game quite simply turned on the only goal of the contest, which came right before the halfway point of the second period. The puck moved throughout the Flyers zone from left to right, with Alex Ovechkin eventually finding Backstrom in the right circle for a bid that was pretty much unstoppable. The Flyers threw everything they could at the Capitals over the final 31 minutes, but couldn’t get that one goal they needed through Holtby or the rest of the Washington squad.

1. Nicklas Backstrom – recorded the only goal, the game-winner, and also added three hits.

2. Michal Neuvirth – Turned away 28 of the 29 shots he saw, several of which came in rapid succession at certain points of the game.

3. Braden Holtby – Recorded his second shutout of the series with 26 saves, 11 of which were in the third period.


Neuvirth stopped 28 of 29 shots in the loss. He gave up just two goals in the three games he played in the series, stopping 103 of 105 shots. He finishes the series with a 0.67 GAA and a .981 save percentage in the last three games of the series… Radko Gudas recorded 10 hits and was also credited with three blocked shots… Claude Giroux went 19-for-26 (73 pct) on faceoffs and was also credited with three blocked shots… Wayne Simmonds led the Flyers with four shots on goal and seven total attempts. He also recorded four hits and a blocked shot… Shayne Gostisbehere led all Flyers with 23:11 of ice time. Six Flyers played 20 minutes or more.

“I don’t know if many people gave us an opportunity in this series, but there wasn’t one guy in our room that thought our season would end during this series. We came in with the mentality and confidence to go out and do the job and win the series. Like I said, we came short of that goal. We’ll take a couple days and look at the positives of which there is going to be a great number of positives.”

(Dave Hakstol)

“It was amazing. They’ve been behind us all season long. I’m glad that after we went down 3-0 we could play three games at home. Like I said, it’s too bad we couldn’t pull it off. I can guarantee we left everything out there.”

(Jake Voracek – on the postgame ovation)
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