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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, 02.4.2014 / 1:44 AM ET / 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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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