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POSTGAME 5: "We're Not Done"

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

In a game that set five franchise records, Michal Neuvirth denied 44 Washington shots and the Flyers clawed through to a 2-0 win in Game 5 of their first round series. The Flyers picked up their goal on a netmouth scramble that was credited to Ryan White 7:52 into the second period. Chris VandeVelde picked up the second goal with an empty-netter with just under 31 seconds remaining. Neuvirth stopped 14 in the first period, 16 in the second and 14 in the third for his second career playoff shutout, while Braden Holtby stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced. 

At the end of the second period, the Flyers were saved by the bell – or in this case the horn – after Washington put on unbelievable pressure over the last several minutes. The last recorded Flyers offensive zone possession in the NHL play-by-play record of the game was a Shayne Gostisbehere shot that went wide with 10:11 left in the period.  From that point to the end of the period, the Capitals had 21 shot attempts. The break allowed the Flyers to catch their breath and temporarily stop Washington’s momentum. 

1. Michal Neuvirth – set new Flyers records for saves in a playoff shutout and saves in a playoff win. 

2. Alex Ovechkin – was Washington’s most dominant player, recording eight shots on goal, 14 total attempts, and eight hits. 

3. Karl Alzner – five shots, 21:05 ice time.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s game set the following Flyers franchise records: 

-Fewest shots on goal in any game, playoff or regular season – 11 (old record 13, twice regular season and once in the playoffs)

-Most saves in a playoff shutout win – 44 (old record 35, done three times)

-Most saves in a playoff regulation win – 44 

-Largest shot differential against in a playoff shutout win – 33 (old record 21, done twice)

-Largest shot differential against in any playoff game – 33 (old record 26)

This is just the second time in franchise history the Flyers have forced a Game 6 when trailing a series 3-0. The other occasion was the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when they rebounded to beat Boston 4 games to 3… Total shot attempts in the game were 82-27. The Flyers blocked 19 Washington shots, with four different players leading the way with three apiece… Wayne Simmonds had three of the Flyers’ 11 shots and four total attempts. Shayne Gostisbehere and Sam Gagner also each had four attempts… Neuvirth has stopped 75 of 76 shots over his two games in the series… The Flyers have gone 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in the last two games. 

“We outshot them the first two games and we lost, so I’ll take it this way. I’d rather have five shots and win than 40 shots and lose.”

(Jake Voracek)

"They had a chance to finish us off. Now we go to Game 6 back in front of our fans. We know they’re gonna be ready and we’ll have them on our side. We’re pretty excited for Game 6 already.”

(Claude Giroux)

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