Brian Smith | PhiladelphiaFlyers.com
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The Ducks scored three goals on special teams – two on the power play and one shorthanded – to distance themselves to a 4-2 win over the Flyers. The teams traded goals in the first two periods – Anaheim took a 1-0 lead on a Ryan Getzlaf 5-on-3 power play goal 6:28 into the first period, and the Flyers answered on a goal by Jake Voracek just under six minutes later. In the second, the Flyers tallied first on a power play, getting a goal from Michael Raffl to take a 2-1 lead 2:26 into the stanza. But Anaheim answered less than two minutes later on another power play goal, this time from Corey Perry. Then in the opening moments of the third, Perry tallied his second to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead just 58 seconds into the period. Shawn Horcoff added an insurance tally on a shorthanded breakaway at 7:54 of the third. Steve Mason stopped 33 of 37 in a losing cause, while John Gibson had a handful of spectacular saves among the 24 he made to earn the win.
The teams had traded goals over the course of the first two periods and headed into the third tied 2-2, but Corey Perry found a puck-sized hole in Steve Mason’s armor just 58 seconds into the third period that put Anaheim up 3-2 and changed the tone of the game. Later in the third, the Flyers went on the power play with a chance to tie the game, but gave up a shorthanded goal that gave Anaheim a 4-2 lead.
1ST – Corey Perry: Paced the Ducks with two goals, including the game-winner 58 seconds into the third. Perry led all players with six shots on goal and was also credited with four hits.
2ND – Rickard Rakell: Wasn’t credited with a point on Anaheim’s tying goal in the second period, but his efforts in front of the net ensured that a puck last touched by Perry crossed the line and knotted the score at 2-2.
3RD – John Gibson: Kept the Flyers at bay with several highlight-reel saves among his 24 on the game, including nine saves on 10 Flyers power play shots.
The Flyers had 39 shot attempts – 26 on goal, eight that were blocked and five that missed. It’s the lowest shot attempt total of their season and the fewest they’ve had since they had 39 last season in a game at New Jersey on Jan. 3, 2015… Claude Giroux led the Flyers with seven shot attempts and was one of two Flyers, along with Evgeny Medvedev, with four shots on goal. Giroux has gone without a point in five straight games, the first time that’s happened since the first five games of the 2013-14 season… Jake Voracek extended his scoring streak to six games with his goal tonight. He now has three goals and six assists for nine points over the course of that streak. Eight of those points (3G, 5A) have come in the five games since he moved to left wing on a line with Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds… Sean Couturier recorded two assists for his second multi-point game in the last five and his third of the season. Couturier has two goals and four assists for six points in the five games since Voracek moved onto his line; he had three goals and five assists for eight points in 24 games prior to that.
“[It was] not taking care of pucks at blue lines. Quite honestly, five-on-five, I thought we gave a lot of second opportunities for puck possession in our own zone to a team that’s pretty good in the offensive zone. We didn’t give ourselves enough opportunities to get on pucks with any type of speed in the offensive zone.”
There’s a lot of guys playing well right now and some of the guys need to play a little better. Myself, I’ve got to be better. It’s not acceptable – our line’s got to be better, and it obviously starts with me. It’s frustrating when you don’t get the job done.