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POSTGAME 5: Vexed by Vancouver

Canucks tally four straight on Flyers to take 5-2 win

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers scored first but Vancouver tallied the next four in an eventual 5-2 decision as the Flyers completed a quick two-game homestand on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Ivan Provorov scored for the second consecutive game, putting the Flyers up 1-0 eight minutes in, but Daniel Sedin answered 1:42 later and Brock Boeser scored his first of two 19 seconds after that to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. Boeser struck again 1:56 into the second on the power play, and Sven Baertschi made it 4-1 with 5:20 left in the frame. 

Jake Voracek tried to stoke the fire with a goal halfway through the third, but the Flyers couldn't get anything else past Jacob Markstrom; Loui Eriksson finished things off with an empty-netter. Markstrom stopped 36 of 38 shots in the win. Michal Neuvirth started for the Flyers and turned away 18 of 22 in 34:26 of play before yielding to Brian Elliott, who turned away all 13 shots he faced. 


Tonight's turning point came early in the second period when Boeser tallied his second of the game and the Canucks took a two-goal lead on another power-play goal… The play developed in a two on two that was spread out wide by the Canucks' Sedin twins. Henrik found Daniel with a cross-ice feed, who then slowed the play down and found the third man coming late, Boeser, who ended up with the puck on his stick between the hashmarks and roofed it over Neuvirth. The goal made it 3-1 and would eventually be the winning tally.


1. Brock Boeser: The rookie extended his point streak to four straight games and goal-scoring streak to three in-a-row.

2. Jacob Markstrom: Stopped 36 of 38 shots in total, including all 16 he faced in the second period, for his sixth win of the year.

3. Daniel Sedin: Had a goal and an assist, which included the goal that quickly erased the Flyers early lead.


For a small portion in the second period, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol mixed some lines up to give a spark.

"I don't think it's about jumbling lines," said Hakstol. "I just tried to spark something mid game by making a couple of changes. We basically went back and changed one winger on each line of 3 of the lines in the 3rd period. You just have to go out and expect to play and play hard. We wanted to go out in the 3rd period and try and get one in the first 10 minutes if we can scratch and claw our way out, we did that but we just dug too deep of a hole for ourselves."

The lines went back to their usual combinations and the Flyers got a second goal to get within two which sparked a brief push in the final 10 minutes.

Hakstol also tried to spark his team with a goaltender switch midway through the game… Brian Elliott came in relief of starter Michal Neuvirth near the midway point of the second period and played the final 21 minutes before leaving in favor of an extra attacker with two minutes left… It was the first time that the Flyers pulled the goaltender in the middle of a game this season.

The Flyers had 16 of 18 skaters register at least one shot on goal… In total, they posted 38 shots on goal, one game after posting 39. They are 1-1-1 this year when posting 38 or more shots.

The Flyers had 79 shot attempts to 54 for Vancouver. The Flyers had 27 shots blocked, including five each from Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere. Gostisbhere had 11 shot attempts, Jake Voracek had 10, Provorov had nine and Robert Hagg had 8.

Tonight's game was the first of a back-to-back set that sees the team travel to Brooklyn to take on the Islanders on Wednesday - It also kicked off a span of five games in eight days for the Flyers… In their only two instances of a back-to-back, the Flyers are 1-1-0 in the second game… They won the second game after losing the first in a Nov. 1 loss to the Blackhawks, but shutout the Blues on Nov. 2... They also began the season with an opening win at San Jose, but lost the next night, 2-0, at Los Angeles. 
The Flyers were 60.6 pct (43 for 71) on faceoffs after two games in a row under 50 percent. Sean Couturier was 7-for-10 (70 pct) while Claude Giroux was 10-for-15 (67 pct)… The Flyers had six players who logged over 20 minutes of ice time and were led by Ivan Provorov who had 26:50 of TOI and now has goals in two straight games… The Flyers scored the first goal for the third straight game.
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