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Gostisbehere, Flyers defeat Maple Leafs

Rookie D-man scores in OT, point streak at 15

by Mike Brophy / Correspondent

Gostisbehere's OT winner

PHI@TOR: Gostisbehere wins it in overtime

2/20/16: Shayne Gostisbehere taps a Jakub Voracek feed past James Reimer to win the game in overtime, extending his point streak to 15 games

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TORONTO -- Shayne Gostisbehere scored 29 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 5-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

The goal extended Gostisbehere's record point streak for an NHL rookie defenseman to 15 games.

"I'm living the dream," said Gostisbehere, who has five goals and 13 assists during the streak. "What can you say? I mean, it's just cool to have my teammates do it with me and see how happy they get. It's awesome."

His teammates are delighted the 22-year-old Gostisbehere is riding such a hot streak.

"He's unbelievable," said Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn, who scored in the second period. "He's extremely confident and always wants the puck. For example, on the 3-on-2s, he's always yelling for the puck. He wants it on his stick, and that is good."

Video: PHI@TOR: Voracek finishes a two-on-one chance

It was the fourth overtime winner this season for Gostisbehere, who has 12 goals and 34 points in 40 games.

"There was kind of a scrum, but I think the underrated part of the play is how Nick Cousins chipped the puck to [Jakub Voracek] and used his body to position the Toronto guy out," Gostisbehere said. "It allowed me and Jake to break away 2-on-1, and what can you say, Jake is one of the best passers in the League for a reason. I just trusted him and went to the back post, and he did the rest."

Philadelphia (26-21-11) played without center Claude Giroux, its leading scorer and captain, who sustained an upper-body injury in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

The Flyers also lost starting goalie Steve Mason and defenseman Evgeny Medvedev in the third period, and they had two goals waved off.

"It's an adversity game," Gostisbehere said. "It's just good to see how our team battled through the adversity and got two points."

Video: PHI@TOR: Kadri feeds Holland for the game-tying goal

The Maple Leafs (20-27-10) were without their leading scorer, right wing Leo Komarov, who served the first of a three-game suspension for elbowing New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head during a 4-2 loss Thursday.

Toronto left wing Shawn Matthias opened the scoring on his first shift after missing five games with an upper-body injury. He took a pass from Nick Spaling in the slot and sent a wrist shot past Mason, off the far post and into the net for his sixth goal at 1:29 of the first period.

The Flyers tied it 1-1 at 8:56 when Sam Gagner, who replaced Giroux in the lineup, took a pass from Schenn and beat Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier with a shot to the glove side.

Philadelphia took the lead 39 seconds later when Voracek poked the rebound of his own shot past Bernier for his 10th goal.

The Flyers thought they had another goal at 12:27 when Andrew MacDonald connected on a blast from the left point, but the goal was disallowed because Matt Read was ruled to have interfered with Bernier.

Video: PHI@TOR: Gagner ties the game in the 1st period

Philadelphia went ahead by two goals 57 seconds into the second period when Schenn broke in alone and snapped a high shot past Bernier to the glove side for his 18th goal.

James Reimer replaced Bernier in the Toronto net following the goal. Bernier made 10 saves on 13 shots; Reimer had 13 saves.

Spaling pulled the Maple Leafs to within one at 11:57 of the second when he tipped a Nazem Kadri shot past Mason for his first goal of the season, ending a 60-game drought dating to Feb. 15, 2015.

"Obviously, it was a good feeling," Spaling said. "You never want it to take that long to get a goal, but sometimes that's the way it goes. It felt really good to get that one."

Toronto tied it 3-3 at 3:16 of the third period following a brilliant end-to-end rush by Kadri. The Maple Leafs center deked his way through the Flyers defense before passing at the last second to Peter Holland, who slammed in his ninth goal from the top of the crease.

Video: PHI@TOR: Schenn beats Bernier early in the 2nd

Mason went to the bench after the goal but stayed in the game. However, following the next stoppage in play, he left the game and was replaced by Michal Neuvirth, who made nine saves on 10 shots in relief.

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said Mason was cramping.

Philadelphia appeared to regain the lead at 4:13 when defenseman Mark Streit beat Reimer with a shot through a crowd from the right boards. Toronto coach Mike Babcock challenged the goal, which was waved off after a video review determined Schenn interfered with Reimer.

Maple Leafs center Byron Froese scored his second goal of the season 19 seconds later to make it 4-3.

But the Flyers struck 32 second later to tie it 4-4 when Read scored his 10th goal with a high shot from the slot.

Video: PHI@TOR: Froese roofs one past Neuvirth

Toronto coach Mike Babcock was happy with the Maple Leafs' start to the game, but he was not so pleased with how things turned.

"I thought we started great tonight," Babcock said. "We played about seven minutes of great hockey, and then it was the worst 13 minutes I have seen in a long time from a competitive standpoint. I thought our fans were real nice to us after the first period. I wouldn't have been nice to us if I was them."

Referee Ian Walsh left the game midway through the third period to be evaluated following a collision.

Video: Flyers edge Maple Leafs in overtime, 5-4

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