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Flyers avoid shootout in comeback win in Dallas

The Flyers were sick of losing in the shootout.

After the last two overtime losses for the Flyers left them with frustrations in the skills competition, they were looking at a potential third straight shootout. But Claude Giroux scored 2 minutes, 49 seconds into overtime, completing a comeback 6-5 win.

It was the first win of the season for the Flyers. They avoided going winless in the first five games of the season for just the third time in franchise history with the win.

The Flyers had to come back twice against Dallas on Saturday thanks to an awful second period. Dallas erased a 2-1 first period Flyers lead with three goals on just five shots.

Dallas' offensive outburst ended Flyers goalie Steve Mason's night early. He allowed four goals on 18 shots, giving way to Ray Emery at the start of the third period.

Dallas led 4-2 heading into the third. The Flyers began their first comeback attempt midway through the third while on the power play. Andrew MacDonald's blast from the top of the circle made its way past Dallas' Keri Lehtonen to cut the lead to 4-3.

Less than six minutes later, Jakub Voracek tied the game up when he put in a rebound from a Nick Schultz shot.

Dallas was quick to take the lead right back when Jason Spezza scored his first goal of the season just 40 seconds after Voracek's.

The Flyers mounted their second comeback less than two minutes later. Michael Raffl received a pass from Voracek, turned, and shot the puck, which deflected off Trevor Daley and went low far-side. Lehtonen who was sliding to his left, didn't have a chance on the shot to tie it up 5-5.

The Flyers went to their third straight overtime. They found themselves on the power after Daley's second mistake late in the game, a hooking penalty.

Claude Giroux, a wizard on the penalty kill, blasted a one-timer from Mark Streit over Lehtonen's right shoulder to win it.

Giroux's goal capped off an explosive offensive performance by the top line. Giroux had a goal and assist, Voracek had a goal and two assists, and Raffl benefited from his talented linemates with a goal.

Voracek's three points also gives him a five-game point streak to start the season, the first Flyer to do so since Chris Pronger did it in 2011.

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John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
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