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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

Flyers rally again in the third period, defeat Sharks 5-2 and win two-of-three on trip out West.

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 1:44 AM / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN\'
The way the second period went, you could sense something good was going to happen in the third period.\r\n\r\nBut, getting three goals in less than three minutes was certainly not expected.\r\n\r\nYet, that\u2019s what the Flyers did \u2013 and added a fourth later in the third period, setting a franchise record by coming from behind in the third period for the tenth time in one season \u2013 defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at the HP Pavilion.

The way the second period went, you could sense something good was going to happen in the third period.

But, getting three goals in less than three minutes was certainly not expected.

Yet, that’s what the Flyers did – and added a fourth later in the third period, setting a franchise record by coming from behind in the third period for the tenth time in one season – defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at the HP Pavilion.

Claude Giroux had a heck of a road trip, and capped it off with a three-point effort (1G, 2A) against the Sharks while Michael Raffl netted the game-winner and Mark Streit, Matt Read and Jake Voracek also scored as the Flyers became just the second team in the NHL to get two weans on a three-game swing through California this season.

Read was excellent all game, showing a lot of speed and using his wheels to score the tying goal in the third period b streaking down the wing and snapping a shot past Antti Niemi.

He was also superb defensively, along with linemates Sean Couturier and Steve Downie as the Flyers shut down the top line of the Sharks, holding Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski off the scoreboard.

As a matter of fact, the Flyers limited the Sharks, the team with more shots on goal than y any other NHL squad, to just 22 shots total, several of which came late in the game when the Flyers had mounted a two-goal lead.

Raffl scored the deciding goal when he snapped the rebound of a Erik Gustafsson shot past Niemi and then Giroux scored unassisted, surprising Niemi with a snap shot from the left circle. It was the last shot Niemi would see, as he was lifted for Alex Stalock, not that the move would slow the Flyers captain as Giroux made an amazing pass to Voracek for a goal that was an emphatic completion to a great trip out West.

With three points Giroux has moved into a tie for 11th in the NHL in scoring with 55 points and continues to rocket up the rankings.

Streit’s goal was a power play marker, making it the seventh consecutive game the Flyers notched a goal with the man advantage.

The Flyers beat the Sharks for the first time since December 21, 2000, snapping a 13-game winless streak against the club, and won in San Jose for the first time since November 5, 1999, which snapped a seven-game winless streak there.

The Flyers now have 64 third period goals on the season, which is tied with Chicago for second-most in the NHL and is just two behind league-leading Boston. They have scored 41.6 percent of their goals (64 of 154) in the third period this season.

Stay tuned for a blog still to come plus video from the locker room in San Jose.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 51 17 41 11 58
C. Giroux 50 16 36 7 52
M. Streit 51 7 28 0 35
W. Simmonds 51 18 14 -3 32
B. Schenn 51 11 20 -2 31
S. Couturier 51 11 12 0 23
M. Read 51 3 15 -8 18
M. Del Zotto 39 5 12 -5 17
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 37 7 7 -9 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 12 6 .924 2.32
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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