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Philadelphia 5, Minnesota 4
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Chris Lee, Corey Syvret
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18607

James van Riemsdyk scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a power play with 4:29 left in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Van Riemsdyk, who had a hat trick during a 7-4 win over Minnesota last month, helped the Flyers bounce back after their 9-0-1 run ended with a 4-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.

Desperate to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia trailed 3-1 after one period but evened the score heading to the second intermission. Jared Spurgeon (goal, two assists) gave the Wild a 4-3 lead early in the final period before Claude Giroux tied the game and van Riemsdyk won it.

The loss was another blow for Minnesota, which is 1-4-2 since the All-Star break. The Wild are among many clubs in the mix for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference.

For a fifth straight contest, Minnesota allowed the first goal. That came courtesy of Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov, just 2:54 into the game. Minnesota, however, equalized six minutes later as Zach Parise scored on the power play.

Luke Kunin then gave the Wild a 2-1 lead with 9:15 left in the first and extended the advantage with another goal at the 13:28 mark. Since being recalled from Iowa of the AHL on Feb. 4, Kunin has three goals and seven points in five games.

Van Riemsdyk pulled Philadelphia within a goal at 8:42 of the second period. Teammate Sean Couturier's goal tied the score 3-3 at 13:57 of the second.

Anthony Stolarz made 35 saves for the Flyers. Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 of the 26 shots he faced.

The Wild continue their four-game home stretch with another opponent from the East, as the New Jersey Devils visit Saint Paul on Friday. Philadelphia hosts Detroit on Saturday to begin a home-and-home series with the Red Wings.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Philadelphia   Minnesota
James van Riemsdyk 2 Points Jared Spurgeon 3
James van Riemsdyk 2 Goals Luke Kunin 2
Shayne Gostisbehere 2 Assists Jared Spurgeon 2
James van Riemsdyk 2 Power Play Goals Zach Parise 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Anthony Stolarz .897 Save Percentage Devan Dubnyk .808
Anthony Stolarz 35 Saves Devan Dubnyk 21
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Philadelphia 26 5 2-4 5-6 12 38
Minnesota 39 4 1-6 2-4 8 31
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Wild have a W/L % of .481 after a win and .467 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Flyers have a W/L % of .462 after a win and .452 after a loss.