San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux
all scored in the first four minutes of the third period to help the
Philadelphia Flyers take a 5-2 win over the Sharks, their first in San Jose
Jakub Voracek provided a late marker, with Mark Streit providing a first-
period tally while Steve Mason stopped 20 shots for the Flyers, who went 2-1-0
in a three-game California swing.
Coming into the game, the Flyers hadn't won in San Jose since Nov. 5, 1999 and
had gone 0-8-3 with a pair of ties in the overall series since a 4-3
victory at home on Dec. 21, 2000.
"Just the way we played tonight I think we deserved that win," said Giroux.
"We were playing well and getting our chances and I think our defense played
really well tonight."
Matt Nieto had both goals for the Sharks, who have dropped four of their past
five games. Antti Niemi gave up all four goals on 23 shots before being pulled
in the third for Alex Stalock, who gave up a goal on five shots the rest of
Trailing by a goal, the Flyers tied the game just 1:11 into the final period
as Read's quick shot from the right circle snuck into the net for his 15th of
Just 1:18 later, Erik Gustafsson sent a shot on net from the left point that
was stopped, but Raffl was there to put home the rebound in the high slot for
a 3-2 lead.
Philly made it a 4-2 game just before the four-minute mark as Giroux skated
down the left wing and dragged the puck back before snapping it in through a
screen to chase Niemi from the net.
Voracek converted a Giroux pass with 2:16 to play to seal the win.
The Flyers drew first blood as Streit's shot from the high slot went in
through a screen set up by Wayne Simmonds in front for a power-play goal at
4:23 of the opening stanza.
The Sharks, though, scored 3:10 later as Tommy Wingels threw the puck on net
from a sharp angle at the right side with a charging Nieto tipping it in for a
It was Nieto again to give San Jose a 2-1 lead at intermission, as Brent Burns
won a battle in the right boards and slipped a short pass to Nieto, who skated
to the left side and snuck it by Mason for his sixth of the year.
The second period passed without a goal as Mason stopped five shots and Niemi
turned away seven. Each team failed with their one power-play opportunity.
The Flyers set a franchise record with their 10th win this season when
trailing at any point in the third period, eclipsing the original mark of nine
by the 1996-97 Eastern Conference champions ... Philly hosts Colorado on
Thursday ... San Jose hosts Dallas on Wednesday ... The Flyers have scored a
power-play goal in seven straight games and went 1-for-2 in this game ... San
Jose was 1-for-5 on the power play.
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