Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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Keith Yandle tied the game with 12.9 seconds left in the third period and the Rangers went on to defeat the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout. The Flyers never trailed until the shootout, opening the scoring on a power play goal by Shayne Gostisbehere 7:16 into the second period. Chris Kreider tied it up at 3:16 of the third, but Ryan White snapped home a shot 2 ½ minutes later to make it 2-1. Yandle’s goal was a slapshot from the right point that came with the NY net empty. Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan both scored for New York in the shootout, while Henrik Lundquvist snuffed out both Flyers attempts. Both Lundqvist and Steve Mason made 26 saves on 28 shots.
Yandle’s goal, as the Flyers had things under control in the third period despite only getting one shot on net, the first time that’s happened to them in almost six years. The tally forced overtime and enabled the Rangers to earn the SOW a few minutes later.
1ST – Mats Zuccarello: His shootout goal goes down as the game-winner. Zuccarello also had an assist and two shots on goal.
2ND – Shayne Gostisbehere: Posted a goal and an assist, extending his scoring streak to seven games, which is a new franchise record for a rookie defenseman. The old mark of six games held by Dick Cherry had stood since the 1968-69 season.
3RD – Ryan White: Beat Henrik Lundqvist clean in the third period to give the Flyers the lead, and was in front of the net distracting things for Gostisbehere’s goal. The tally was originally credited to White as it appeared he’d tipped it in, but it was later found that White didn’t touch the puck. His presence in the area was valuable, however. White also had two shots on goal, three hits and was 2-for-5 on faceoffs.
Gostisbehere’s scoring streak is the second-longest for any rookie in Flyers history, behind only Mikael Renberg’s 10-game streak during the 1993-94 season… Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek each extended their scoring streaks to six games. Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds had their streaks end at five games… Voracek had seven shots on goal and 16 total attempts (four blocked, five missed). Gostisbehere had five shots on goal and eight total attempts… Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was 5-for-6 on faceoffs (83 pct)… Matt Read led the Flyers with six hits.
“Losing a guy of Wayne’s caliber, it’s tough for us. How we responded was really good. It just didn’t turn out in our favor.”
“We managed the game pretty well. We had some good scoring chances as a team. It was a great game, an emotional game, a lot of hitting, a lot of scrums. It was a fun game to watch, and I think we handled it pretty well without Simmer.”