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Flyers Fall Short In Comeback Attempt

I tying goal in the final minutes looked eerily familiar to Tuesday's game.

But failure to get the second point in the shootout ended the Flyers bid at a second straight comeback win as they lost 4-3 to the Predators on Thursday. They walked away with the loser point (sidebar: excellent rant by Down Goes Brown today on this), which dropped their record to 24-19-5 and keeping them in a tie for second place with the Rangers.

Getting that first point, though, showed the fighting nature this Flyers team has had in recent games. Third period comebacks have become a dangerous aspect of the Flyers recent play.

“It shows a lot of character being able to battle back in the last minute there and get a big point in the grand scheme of things," Steve Mason said. "We’ll take that point and move on. It just shows a lot of character I think.”

Despite the Flyers coming back to fight, Mason's inability to step three straight shootout attempts after an 0-for-8 combined start for both teams ended the game. Mason said after the game that he's "not a huge fan" of shootouts.

Mason, who has been responsible for a lot of Flyers wins, took responsibility for the loss.

“I don’t think he can worry about that at all," Wayne Simmonds, who tied the game up, said. "He’s been saving our butts all year. It has nothing to do with him, we should’ve played a more solid 60 minutes in front of him.”

Much like Tuesday's game, Philadelphia and Nashville traded leads.

Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers the 1-0 advantage just one minutes, 26 seconds into the first period. Nashville responded with two goals in the second period thanks to Eric Nystrom and David Legwand.

The score held up all the way through the second period until Andrej Meszaros, who has been playing like his old self, tied the game up with five seconds left. The Flyers skated in on a late scoring chance, and Simmonds dished to Meszaros who put a snap shot past Carter Hutton to tie the game.

Meszaros' goal and assist gives him seven points in the last five games. His play has elevated since being named to his third Olympic honor for Slovakia.

“He’s confident," Craig Berube said. "He’s confident with the puck, he’s doing good things at the blue line with it, jumping up on the play like he did on that goal. He’s got confidence."

Just over five minutes into the third, Shea Weber broke the 2-2 tie with his goal.

The Flyers, who were 0-for-3 on their previous power play chances, got one more shot after Mike Fisher was called for a slash. With Mason pulled to create a 6-on-4, their opportunity to tie came.

Kimmo Timonen blasted a shot from the point that hit off of Scott Hartnell and Simmonds into the net to tie the game up again. Simmonds' three-point night now gives him 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points in his last 15 games.

"He’s been great the last few games, the whole season," Michael Raffl said. "He scored some big goals at the right time. I think he’s doing really good."

The Flyers nearly got the winner late in the overtime period. Matt Read clanked a shot off the crossbar that hit Hutton in the back before being covered by the netminder.

The shootout went seven rounds, with Roman Josi sliding the winning attempt under the left pad of Mason to end the game and give Nashville the win.

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John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
Twitter: @Roose_TCL@TCLFlyers
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