Flyers coach Dave Hakstol has been pushing a lot of different buttons trying to find the right combination to get his team out of its recent downward spiral toward mediocrity. From tinkering with his lines trying to find something that works to scratching a healthy top-four defenseman, Hakstol has played just about every card left in his hand. And on Thursday night, the second-year head coach had one final play, a card he hasn’t put on the table yet during the Flyers’ recent stretch of seeing valuable points slip away. With the Flyers down one goal after surrendering three goals in the second period, Hakstol made a goaltender change, from Steve Mason to Michal Neuvirth, for the third. “We thought it was a good time just for a change for our team coming out of the second period,” Hakstol said after a 5-4 shootout win over Vancouver at the Wells Fargo Center. “It was a tough second period. A lot of different things going on there, so it was two-fold. I think Mase would probably admit there was one more save there he can make, but at least equal or more than that, it was just a time to make a change for our team and try to push for a little change in direction, and Neuvy went in and did a good job.” The goalie reset button paid dividends for Hakstol and the Flyers, as Neuvirth provided a calming presence in net and turned away all 14 shots the Canucks threw at him in the third period and overtime, and stopping all three Vancouver shootout attempts.
Neuvirth becomes 1st goalie ever to enter game during shootout and win
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