They used to call the 1980 Phillies the "Comeback Kids.” Now maybe you can use the term to refer to the Flyers, who completed their fifth third-period comeback in a month’s time Saturday as they stunned the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, at Jobing.com Arena (see Instant Replay). The victory moved the Flyers ahead of the Capitals for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 46 points. With 21 wins, the Flyers have one more than the Caps. They also finished their five-game Western road trip with a 4-1 record. “We learned the hard way at the start of the year,” said team captain Claude Giroux. “Down a goal, if we stayed with the system and way we’re playing, a patient game, and play the way we should, we have chances. It’s about putting it into the net.” The Flyers did that, overcoming a two-goal deficit (3-1) starting in the second period with goals by Brayden Schenn at the period’s end, then Wayne Simmonds early in the third to tie it. Jakub Voracek won it with a turnover goal when he stripped Keith Yandle of the puck in his own end. Nine Flyers had points in the victory, led by Voracek, the only two-point Flyer with a goal and an assist. “We have very good chemistry,” Voracek said. “They’re a hard working team. In the beginning of the season, we would just fold but right now, we believe in ourselves. “We think we can come back from whatever deficit we were down in a tough building against a tough team. It shows a lot of team effort. We never gave up.” Voracek’s game-winner came at 11:52 when he took the puck off Yandle on the breakout, skated to the right circle and beat goalie Mike Smith, breaking a 3-3 deadlock. “He’s a pretty good defenseman,” Voracek said. “There was good pressure by Giroux to get on him and I just kinda put a stick on the puck and then I shot it five-hole. A big goal for us and a huge win.” The Flyers’ string of five third-period comeback wins began Dec. 4 at Detroit and was followed by wins against Columbus (Dec. 19), and on this road trip at Edmonton (Dec. 28), at Vancouver (Dec. 30) and tonight.
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