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Flyers overcome two shorthanded goals, defeat Coyotes in overtime

Gostisbehere scores at 1:01 after Weise ties it late in third

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Shayne Gostisbehere scored 1:01 into overtime, and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a 5-4 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Gostisbehere took a pass from Jakub Voracek in the slot and beat Darcy Kuemper.

"Had an opportunity to go up," Gostisbehere said. "Kind of cheated a little bit and I stayed up. I knew [Voracek] was going to win the battle. He made a great play. I knew I just had to find a hole for him to make the pass and he made a great play."

 

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Scott Laughton scored two goals, Gostisbehere and Dale Weise each had a goal and an assist and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers (8-7-1), who swept the home-and-home. Philadelphia won at Arizona 5-2 on Monday.

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Gostisbehere tops Coyotes

Brian Elliott made 16 saves in relief of Calvin Pickard, who was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 18 shots.

Derek Stepan and Michael Grabner each scored shorthanded 24 seconds apart in the second period for the Coyotes (7-6-1), who lead the NHL with nine shorthanded goals.

Grabner and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had a goal and an assist, Brad Richardson scored, and Kuemper made 26 saves.

The Coyotes played most of the game with five defensemen. Alex Goligoski left the game 3:18 into the first period after playing two shifts because of a lower-body injury.

Weise tied the game 4-4 with 2:13 remaining in the third period. Gostisbehere intercepted a pass in the Philadelphia zone and sent Weise in alone on Kuemper. It was Weise's first goal since Dec. 20, 2017.

Video: ARI@PHI: Weise ties it late with breakaway goal

"It feels great," Weise said. "The situation, to tie the game like that, it feels even better. I'm not a guy who stresses over goals and points. I've been all around it, I know it's going to come. I don't really judge myself on goals. I know I've been playing well, that's the huge part for me. But it obviously feels good to score."

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said the goal is the culmination of recent strong play for Weise. After averaging 10:34 of ice time in his first six games, he's averaged 14:05 the past seven.

"He's a confident player right now," Hakstol said. "Maybe that was lacking in the past couple years. He has his confidence, he's working extremely hard, been a really good player."

Laughton's second goal, at 2:21 of the third, brought the Flyers within 4-3.

The Coyotes scored three times in the second period to take a 4-2 lead but couldn't hold on.

Video: ARI@PHI: Coyotes net two shorthanded in 24 seconds

"It's 4-2 and it's a learning lesson for this team," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "Didn't get the puck in deep on a couple mismanagement plays that cost us. This is a team that's really good 150 feet, we talked about in the game plan. Then we started to take over the game, playing 200 feet, and then we reverted back to old habits."

Stepan put the Coyotes ahead 3-2 at 6:14 when he knocked the puck away from Gostisbehere at the Arizona blue line and broke in alone.

Grabner scored at 6:38 to make it 4-2, and Elliott replaced Pickard.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead on Konecny's goal 1:18 into the first period, and Laughton made it 2-0 from the slot at 5:47.

Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal at 8:30 to get the Coyotes within 2-1.

Richardson's goal at 1:51 of the second period made it 2-2.

 

They said it

"It's sour. It's a game that we should have been able to close out." -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson

 

"We had some uncharacteristic play and turnovers from some guys in the first half of the hockey game that put us in a bad spot. Yet guys had the resiliency and the push and the drive and togetherness to turn it around and push back the other direction. Take a ton of positives out of it and look at the ugly stuff tomorrow." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

 

Need to know

The Coyotes are the only NHL team since 1977-78 to be plus-5 on the penalty kill (nine shorthanded goals, four power-play goals-against). The only other team to be plus-4 was the 1983-84 New York Rangers. … The Coyotes are the second NHL team to score nine shorthanded goals in their first 14 games since 1933-34, when the statistic became official. The 1975-76 St. Louis Blues also had nine in 14 games. ... Grabner and Richardson are the second teammates to have at least three shorthanded goals each in their team's first 14 games, joining Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish with the 1978-79 Flyers. ... Ekman-Larsson's assist on Grabner's goal was his 300th NHL point. He also has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. ... Grabner has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. ... Claude Giroux played his 754th game with the Flyers, passing Chris Therien for fourth all-time for Philadelphia. ... Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom had an assist and has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak.

 

What's next:

Coyotes: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSP, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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