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POSTGAME 5: The End Game

Flyers drop shootout thriller to Hurricanes, 4-3, in final game of 2016-17

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Dale Weise scored twice and Robert Hagg made his NHL debut, but it took a shootout to decide Game No. 82, as the Hurricanes defeated the Flyers, 4-3, in the regular season finale at the Wells Fargo Center.

Carolina headed to the dressing room at first intermission with a 1-0 lead after Brock McGinn scored six minutes into the game, but the Flyers evened the score after 40 minutes with Weise scoring his first of the game at 8:46 into the second period.

The third period saw four goals scored, including the second tallies from McGinn and Weise, but the Flyers jumped ahead with a pair of tallies 1:07 apart finished off by Simmonds to take a 3-2 lead.

Sebastien Aho scored the equalizer on the power-play which sent the game to overtime where the team went scoreless. 

Playing in his final NHL game, Bryan Bickell scored first in the shootout to give the Hurricanes the edge. Claude Giroux evened things up for the Flyers, but McGinn sealed the win with the final shot. Anthony Stolarz stopped 32 of 35 shots, while Eddie Lack made 41 saves for the Carolina win.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came on the stick of rookie Sebastien Aho. Down a goal after the Flyers stormed ahead with two quick tallies to take a 3-2 lead, the Hurricanes went on the power-play and Aho struck short side on Stolarz to knot the score at 3-3 and take the moment back to their eventual shootout victory.

3. THREE STARS

1 - Brock McGinn: Had two goals and the game-winning goal in the shootout to earn the Hurricanes the win.

2 - Sebastien Aho: Scored the game-tying goal in the final five minutes to force overtime… It was his fourth goal and eighth point in the five game season series against the Flyers.

3 - Dale Weise: Recorded his first two-goal game as a Flyer… He recorded six of his eight total goals on the season in the final 14 games.Video: CAR@PHI: Weise evens the game with his second goal

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers finished the regular season with a 25-11-5 record on home ice - marking the fourth best home record in the Eastern Conference, as well as ninth best home record in the NHL.

* Robert Hagg, making his NHL debut, led the Flyers with five shots on goal, nine total shot attempts and four hits in 21:19 of ice time… He also was credited with three blocked shots. 
 
* All 18 Flyers skaters recorded at least one shot attempt and 17 of the 18 recorded at least one shot on goal.

* Five Flyers played in all 82 regular season games in 2016-17 (Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, Bellemare & Provorov)
 
* Ivan Provorov played 25:11, his 19th game of the season over 24 minutes. Provorov finishes the season averaging 21:58 per game, which led the team and set a new Flyers record for TOI by a rookie.

* The Flyers finished the regular season earning points in seven of their last eight games, going 5-1-2, and going 7-3-2 in the final 12 contests.Video: CAR@PHI: Simmonds lights the lamp with slick backhand

5. THEY SAID IT
"It was awesome. It's a dream come true to come up here and play in the NHL and play one game so right now I just want to go out there and play many more but have to wait for next season and see how it goes."
- Robert Hagg


"This certainly wasn't where we wanted to be on this particular night. You have to grow from it, you have to relish the challenge of continuing to work towards the next opportunity. Unfortunately, for us that's not going to be in the National Hockey League playoffs starting in a couple of days."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Coach Postgame Press Conference

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