Gostisbehere scores in OT, Giroux notches three points to propel Flyers past Hurricanes

Updated: November 24, 2015 at 12:44 am by Brady Trettenero

He’s played five NHL games. He’s scored two NHL goals. That’s called making an impact.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a power play 24 seconds into overtime, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Gostisbehere fed Claude Giroux with a pass down low, before heading straight to the high slot. Gostisbehere received the puck back from Giroux and one-timed a shot past Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack, giving the Flyers their first win in four games.

Giroux had three points on the night, including a shorthanded goal in the second period, while Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers.

 Michal Neuvirth made the start in goal for Philadelphia, turning away 31 of 33 shots.

After a scoreless first period, the Flyers struck twice in the second period — only to surrender two third period goals to the Hurricanes, paving the way for the Flyers fourth trip to overtime in their last five games.

With the win, the Flyers advance to 7-9-5 on the season. It was just their first win at home since Oct. 24, when they defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout.

Sam Gagner left the game midway through the first period after taking a hit from Brad Malone and falling on his face. On an ensuing shift, Pierre-Eduard Bellemare took exception to Malone, dropping the mitts with the Carolina tough guy in a spirited tilt. Gagner did not return.

Brayden Schenn had a chance to put the Flyers up 1-0 with three minutes remaining in the frame after he was hauled down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. Schenn failed to beat Eddie Lack with his first career penalty shot attempt, however, taking the puck to the backhand and failing to lift it over Lack’s pad.

The Flyers came out with a bang and had the first six shots of the game, but Carolina came on as the period progressed.

After outshooting the Hurricanes 11-10 in the first period, Philadelphia took control of the game in the second period.

Michael Del Zotto has a glorious chance to open the scoring shorthanded. With Brandon Manning in the box, Matt Read set up Del Zotto perfectly on a 2-on-1, but the blueliner was robbed by Lack and denied his first goal of the season.

Brayden Schenn finally got the Flyers on the board 10:20 into the period, ending the team’s goalless streak at 167:54. Giroux started the play with a terrific cross-ice pass to Voracek, who then completed the tic-tac-toe by finding Schenn down low. All Schenn had to do was put the puck into the empty goal cage to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

Giroux’s fantastic period continued with under five minutes remaining in the frame. The Flyers captain scored the team’s first shorthanded goal of the season after great efforts from Bellemare and Sean Couturier on the penalty kill. Bellemare got the puck out of the zone, before Couturier broke in 2-on-1 with Giroux. Couturier’s shot was denied by Lack, but Giroux was able to tap in the rebound to put Philadelphia up 2-0.

The Canes rallied in a dominant third period that saw them outshoot Philadelphia 17-6. After Viktor Rask scored earlier in the frame, Brett Pesce tied the game with under four minutes in regulation, banging in a rebound off a Ron Hainsey point drive.

Rod Brind’Amour was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame prior to the game.  Brind’Amour is the 24th member to enter the Flyers Hall of Fame and 19th player to be inducted out of 585 players to have played a regular season game for the Flyers. Brind’Amour  appeared in 633 career games with the Flyers, recording 235 goals and 366 assists for 601 points.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • Claude Giroux had a sensational game and was flying all night, firing two shots on goal, dishing out two hits and being a warrior on the penalty kill. With three points in the win, he’s now up to 16 points in 21 games on the season. Slow start is finally starting to fade
  • Jakub Voracek bagged a pair of assists and now has six points in his last five games. Both his assists tonight came on the power play, where Philadelphia went 2/4
  • Brayden Schenn, who started the game on the top line with Giroux, is now tied for the team-lead with six goals. He had a strong night Monday, leading all Flyers with five shots on goal
  • Gostisbehere now has three points in his first five NHL games. The Flyers have gotten at least a point in four of those five games
  • The Flyers outshot Carolina 36-33 tonight and have posted more than 30 shots on goal in each of their last four games. Keep shooting and the goals will come is a great mentality to have
  • The Flyers are now 42-13-5-4 all-time on home ice against the Hurricanes franchise. Pure dominance

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Flow on point

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Finally a goal! That passing….

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Giroux shorthanded

When they lock you up for a crime you didn’t commit

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Gostisbehere in OT!

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All the hugs

#PlayBoldly

(The best tweets sent out during the game)

We can feel that

ALL THE FEELS

Flyers finally score!

He definitely ate his grilled cheese

Like for real tho

Fun while it lasted

Shayne Gostisbehere: OT HERO

Philly’s saviour

Nailed it

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Rod Brind’Amour ceremony

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Ouch

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Schennsational

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These two shorthanded

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Power play on track

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GHOST BEAR

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Post game with the dads

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NEXT UP: Flyers at Islanders, Wednesday November 23rd, 7:00 PM


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