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Gutsy, resilient and exciting are ways one could describe the Flyers latest overtime win on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center against the Winnipeg Jets. In yet another game Philadelphia needed desperately to keep pace in the playoff hunt and hold onto their final wildcard spot, the Flyers had to dig deep Monday night and show an intestinal fortitude that only a playoff team could show.
The Flyers received goals from Mark Streit (6th), Wayne Simmonds (26th) and Claude Giroux (22nd) in the winning cause. Tuesday’s game saw the Flyers dominate stretches of play at times with the Jets providing good push back whenever Philly tried to pick up play. This game in particular was one of those games for the Flyers where they overall played an inconsistent game, but unlike those typical contests, Philadelphia managed to escape with 2 points on Monday and it was good that they did, as the Detroit Red wings won too. The two teams remain tied in points, while the Flyers hold the final playoff spot because they have played one less game.
Winning goaltender Steve Mason stopped 26 of 28 shots fired his way. Mason has been really strong over his last 5 starts and last night, provided the Flyers with another quality start. It’s been ho-hum for Mason since Michal Neuvirth went down and Coach Dave Hakstol appears comfortable riding the 27 year-old until Philadelphia secures a playoff spot.
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Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux once again teamed up for yet another huge goal this season as Captain Claude Giroux finished off the Jets in overtime with 13.6 seconds to go. It was the Captain that put the finishing touches on the win, but it was the play beforehand by Ghost that even gave Giroux an opportunity to score as the 22 year-old defensemen made a diving stick check that kept Winnipeg from going the other way. Gostisbehere had the presence of mind to settle the puck with his glove first before sliding it to Giroux for the finish and it almost feels as if Ghost has a penchant for making great plays like this.
Ghost has never been able to muscle anyone off the puck as he has lacked the size to do so over the course of his playing career, but his uncanny ability to anticipate plays before they happen is among his best traits. I haven’t gotten a chance to watch every single rookie in the running for the Calder Trophy this season but even without that knowledge, Shayne Gostisbehere has to be the odds-on favor to win rookie of the year honors in 2015-2016.