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POSTGAME 5: Taken by Storm

Flyers third-period comeback falls short in 5-3 loss to Hurricanes

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

The Hurricanes built a 4-0 lead with three goals in the second period and an early third-period goal en route to a 5-3 win over the Flyers in their return to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Flyers came alive shortly after falling behind 4-0 and scored three goals in a four-minute span from Wayne Simmonds, Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk to bring them within one goal.

Teuvo Teravainen recorded his second goal and third point of the night with less than five minutes to go in regulation, and former Flyer Petr Mrazek stopped 34 of 37 shots to earn the win. Michal Neuvirth made 23 save in the loss.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Teuvo Teravainen (2g-1a)
2 - Claude Giroux (2a)
3 - Sebastian Aho (2a)

Even though they scored the first four goals, the turning point in this one was the fifth Hurricanes goal. Scoring three times in less than four minutes drew the Flyers within one goal and gave them heavy momentum with plenty of time left. After Voracek missed the net on a look from the right circle, the Canes had a 3-on-1 the other way. Teräväinen elected to shoot and his right circle shot leaked through the five-hole and trickled over the goal line to make it 5-3. That halted any momentum the Flyers gathered.

1) Scott Gordon's morning skate line combinations were different from the ones that started the game. Oskar Lindblom, moving from left wing to right for the first time since his last season in Sweden, stepped up onto the top line while Travis Konecny moved to Phil Varone's line. The revised trio of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Lindblom had the best early scoring chance for the Flyers, with Giroux having a second-chance opportunity in close off an initial wrister by Couturier.Video: CAR@PHI: Simmonds puts Flyers on board with PPG

2) At 1:56 of the second period, Carolina scored the game's first goal off a broken play. A shot was blocked and Dougie Hamilton had a wide open lane -- Lindblom was retreating into the defensive zone. Shortly thereafter, on a Carolina power play from a Simmonds' offensive zone penalty, a Justin Williams one-timer from above the right faceoff dot found the net to make it 2-0.The goals were separated by 1:08 of game time.

3) The Flyers had two power plays in the second period with chance to get back within a goal but were unable to do so. On the latter man advantage, the Flyers had a good chance with traffic in front and a deflection opportunity for Simmonds. The rest of the power play generated little in the way of pressure. Then, at 5:01 the Canes scored a deflection goal to make it 4-0. 

4) The Flyers were not lacking for quality scoring chances, unlike most of the game in Raleigh. But they continued to come up empty. James van Riemsdyk and Simmonds had chances in front. Then, at 5:01 the Canes scored a deflection goal to make it 4-0.  Video: CAR@PHI: van Riemsdyk cleans up rebound for PPG

5) With a cavernous deficit, the Flyers' scoring chances finally started to turn into goals. Simmonds got the goal back on a slam-dunk power play goal off a pass from Voracek. Couturier soon made it 4-2 as he went over the middle and chipped a backhand feed from Giroux past Mrazek (the goal was challenged for goalie interference and upheld). The gap was cut to 4-3 as JVR swept home a power play rebound with 9:02 left. 


* With his two assists in the third period, Claude Giroux extended his home point streak to eight straight games - he has 13 points (2g-11a) in that stretch.

* Prior to tonight's game, the Flyers and Hurricanes had 24 consecutive goals scored at even strength against each other... Tonight's game saw four of the eight goals scored on the power play. 

* The Flyers were 2-for-5 on the power play, which was their first multiple-PPG game since November 17 when they were 3-for-5 against Tampa Bay.
* Sean Couturier led the Flyers with six shots on goal and was 11-for-15 on faceoffs (73.3 pct).
* Ivan Provorov played 27:42. It's his 17th career game over 27 minutes and 11th over 27 minutes in regulation.


Video: Hear from Couturier & JVR following loss to CARVideo: Hear from Gordon following loss to Carolina

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