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POSTGAME 5: Third period dooms Flyers in Toronto

Four unanswered goals in the final period help Leafs to 6-3 win.

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers took a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission but four unanswered goals by the Maple Leafs turned the tide and gave Toronto a 6-3 win at the Air Canada Centre in their first meeting of the year.

After a quick breakaway goal by Nazem Kadri, the Flyers posted back-to-back goals from Wayne Simmonds and a highlight reel goal from rookie Travis Konecny 36 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead. Defenseman Morgan Rielly countered for Toronto on a 5 on 3 power play with 52 seconds left in the first period to draw the Maple Leafs even. 

Wayne Simmonds recorded his second of the night on a breakaway to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead after a second period in which the Flyers outshot the Maple Leafs 16-7. Toronto then took the third period with four straight goals to hand the Flyers their third straight loss. 

The first of four unanswered goals in the third period was the beginning of the end for the Flyers. The tally by defenseman Martin Marincin took away the Flyers lead and knotted the score at 3-3 giving the hometown team momentum which led to three additional goals.    


1 - Morgan Rielly: Posted a four-point night with a goal and three assists to go along with a +2 rating and over 25 minutes of ice time (25:22).

2 - Nazem Kadri: Got the Maple Leafs out to an early lead after being shut out, 7-0, in their last game. Added an assist for a two-point night.

3 - Wayne Simmonds: Recorded his 26th multi-goal game of his career and his eighth goal of the season, which leads the Flyers.

* With two goals, Wayne Simmonds posted his first multi-goal game of the year… In the seven games in which he has scored, the Flyers have lost six of those contests.

* With an assist on the first Flyers goal, Giroux has now posted at least a point in 13 of 15 games to start the season… He also maintained his point per-game pace against the Maple Leafs - he has 26 points (9g-16a) in 26 games.

* Shayne Gostisbehere recorded an assist to give him four points (1g-3a) in four games against Toronto.

* The Flyers recorded a goal on the power play for the fourth straight game, and eight out of their last nine contests.

"It was a good pass from Gudy. We knew their defensemen were going to push up on us and pressure us so he just flipped the puck in behind their defenseman and I found a way to get through the battle. Honestly, I don't even know what kind of move that was. I just pulled the puck to my backhand and it happened to go in."
- Travis Konecny

"We turned a pretty good two period effort into a poor outcome. We've got to finish. We had two pretty solid road periods, but we didn't finish in the third period, bottom line."
- Dave Hakstol

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