Voracek notches three points, Gostisbehere scores in OT to lead Flyers past Hurricanes

Updated: December 16, 2015 at 3:49 am by Brady Trettenero

He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored 1:42 into overtime on Tuesday, propelling the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center.

After the Hurricanes turned the puck over in the Flyers zone, Jakub Voracek darted up the ice 2-on-1 with Gostisbehere.

Voracek made a nasty toe-drag move around the Carolina defenseman, before dishing out a backhand feed to Gostisbehere. The blueliner roofed the shot over the blocker of Carolina goaltender Eddie Lack, giving the Flyers a 4-3 OT victory.

Voracek, who was moved to left wing on the second line prior to the game, scored his second goal of the season in the victory and had two assists.

Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Flyers, who got a 29-save performance from Michal Neuvirth.

Shayne Gostisbehere has now scored three overtime goals in just 17 career NHL games.

Jeff Skinner scored all three goals for the Hurricanes, while Eddie Lack stopped 27 of 31 shots in goal.

With the victory, the Flyers advance to 13-12-6 on the season.

The red-hot Skinner opened the scoring for the Hurricanes just 1:56 into the game, firing a through the legs of Neuvirth to give Carolina an early 1-0 lead on the road. Skinner, who has now scored seven goals in his last six games, used Flyers’ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere as a shield as he fired a shot from the circle through the legs of Gostisbehere and past an unsuspecting Neuvirth.

The Flyers weren’t able to generate many chancing in the opening period. Brayden Schenn had the opportunity to get the Flyers on the board with an early prime scoring chance from the high-slot, but he was turned away by goaltender Eddie Lack.

After a lackluster opening period, the Flyers were able to turn it on in the middle frame. Jakub Voracek got the Flyers on the board just 23 seconds into the period after he redirected a Radko Gudas shot past Lack for his second goal of the season, knotting the game 1-1.

Skinner regained the Hurricanes minutes later with a power-play goal, but the Flyers were able to even the score once again.

With the Flyers trailing 2-1, Michael Raffl found Brayden Schenn in the slot. Schenn beat Lack with a high wrist shot to tie the game once again, this time at 2-2.

Sean Couturier gave the Flyers the lead with under four minutes remaining in the period after his shot took a fortunate bounce off a Hurricanes’ defenseman and found it’s way into the back of the net.

Jeff Skinner’s hat-trick goal — a snipe off the post and in — was the only goal scored in the third period. It came 9:07 into the frame, as the talented forward walked into the circle and fired a shot past Neuvirth.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • What can’t Shayne Gostisbehere do? The 22-year-old has played just 15 games this season and is now tied for the NHL-lead in overtimes goals (3). He also picked up an assist on the opening goal and has now scored in back-to-back games. He now has 11 points in 15 games on the season. The impact he’s had on this team is immeasurable.
  • Gostisbehere is the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to score three OT goals in a season
  • Jakub Voracek had a monstrous game. In addition to his three points, he fired seven shots on goal and was an all-around force. He slotted in on left wing on the second line and logged 18:05 of ice. This is the breakout game we knew he was due for
  • Sean Couturier had a very strong game, scoring his fourth goal of the season and adding an assist. He was skating circle in the offensive zone and looked very confident.
  • Wayne Simmonds was dinged for 17 PIM on the night after he dropped Ryan Malone in a fight. Simmonds was handed an instigator penalty after he went after Malone following an interference play on his teammate Michael Raffl. Flyers continuing to stick up for their teammates
  • We can get used to Gostisbehere doing his thing against the Hurricanes. Last time the Flyers and Hurricanes met at the Wells Fargo Center, Shayne Gostisbehere scored the game-winning goal in overtime on the power-play. He now has four points in three games against Carolina
  • The Flyers have won all three meetings against the Hurricanes this season — all in OT
  • The Flyers haven’t lost consecutive games in regulation since Nov.10 -12. Consistency starting to come in
  • The Flyers have now allowed the first goal in five of their last six games. Wasn’t a problem Tuesday, but not the way you want to be starting every night…

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

You picked a good game…

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So Gostisbehere is human after all

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Voracek with the slick redirection to get the Flyers on the board

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Brayden Schenn with the snipe

Screenflick Movie 3

Wayne Simmonds drops the gloves

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The Wayne Train isn’t happy

not happy

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Couturier gets a little bit of luck

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Voracek to Gostisbehere in OT

xcxcx

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Got this on repeat until next game

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In all his glory

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Everybody is hugging the Ghost Bear

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#PlayBoldly

(The best tweets sent out during the game)

Throwback

We like this account

Good times

#Thirsty

Fantastic start

Voracek gets it back

Brayden Schenn ties the game!

Don’t mess with the Wayne Train

Sure is

Couturier gives the Flyer the lead!

Skinner ties the game again

Yet again, let’s go

OT hero

Understatement of the year

Rude, but yeah..it’s been awhile

We believe

Happy Holidays

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Baby Schenn on the board

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Couturier tallies

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Don’t mess with Wayne Simmonds

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Overtime hero

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Hugs for everyone

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NEXT UP: Flyers vs. Canucks, Thursday December 17, 7:00 PM, WFC

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