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POSTGAME 5: Wild Finish

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Wild erased a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but Michael Del Zotto’s second goal of the night gave the Flyers a 4-3 win in the overtime period.  Sean Couturier opened the scoring 7:49 into the contest, but Marco Scandella evened it seven minutes later.  In the second period, the Flyers got two goals 52 seconds apart – one from Del Zotto and one from Ryan White.  Jason Zucker made it a one-goal game with 4:02 left in the frame, and Zach Parise found the equalizer at 13:36.  That forced overtime, where Steve Mason made five saves to hold off the Wild before Del Zotto’s winner.  Mason stopped 31 shots on the night, while Devan Dubnyk turned away 32.


With just over eight minutes gone in the second period and the game tied 1-1, the Wild were poised to take a lead on a 2-on-1 break, but Mason pokechecked the puck off the stick of Mikael Grandlund to snuff out the opportunity. Less than a minute later, Del Zotto gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead, which was expanded to 3-1 in a mere 52 seconds by White. 

1ST – Michael Del Zotto: Jumped into the play to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead on a 2-on-1 rush with Brayden Schenn, and then provided the overtime game-winner.  It was just the second multi-goal game of Del Zotto’s career.  He played 27:02, which ranks as the 11th-busiest game of his career.

2ND – Brayden Schenn: Posted two primary assists, setting up Couturier’s goal in the first period with a pass from behind the net before making an outstanding move in the second period to find Del Zotto for the 2-1 go-ahead goal.  Schenn has two goals and four assists for six points in his last two games and has posted consecutive multiple-point games for the first time since November of 2013. 

3RD – Marco Scandella:  Scored a first-period goal that temporarily stemmed the Flyers’ momentum.  He had six shot attempts, two on goal and four that were blocked. 

Schenn is on a three-game scoring streak, with three goals and four assists in the span… Matt Read tied a career high with six shots on goals, done four times before and once previously this season (12/1/15 at OTT)… Radko Gudas led the Flyers with 12 shot attempts – five on goal and six that missed, plus one that was blocked.  The Flyers missed the net 22 times in the game, which is their second-highest total this season (24 at CAR, 11/14/15)… Evgeny Medvedev was a season-best plus-3. 

“I thought in the overtime our best player was our goaltender.  We didn’t have the puck very much in the first three minutes of that OT, but that’s a little bit the nature of the 3- on 3, you’re going to need a save or two. We got two or three good saves and then went down to the other end and made a play.  That’s the excitement of the three on three, both good and bad.”

(Dave Hakstol)

“It’s a little bit different [to play with five defensemen].  You get into a rotation where you’re playing with two guys.  It’s nice to get a little extra ice time.  You feel more into the game.  No one’s ever complaining about that.  It’s unfortunate Ghost went down there.  Hopefully he’s back for the next game.” 

(Michael Del Zotto)                    

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