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Flyers blow third-period lead

The Flyers blew a 2-1 third period lead and lost to Vancouver, 3-2, on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Flyers blow third-period lead

Despite a solid first two periods, the Flyers blew a 2-1 third period lead and fell to the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. Here's what you need to know:

TIME AND TYE MCGINN: He’s played just two games this season, but Tye McGinn is the Flyers’ leading goal-scorer. McGinn, 23, notched the first two-goal game of his NHL career on Tuesday night against the Canucks. Both of his goals on Tuesday night came off rebounds - just like his backhand tally in Detroit on Saturday. McGinn now has 6 goals in 20 career NHL games and he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

BRUTAL BOUNCE: Exactly 10 seconds after McGinn opened the scoring, Jannik Hansen’s routine dump-in caromed off the stanchion in the glass directly to Ryan Kesler in the slot. Steve Mason was busy getting ready to play the puck behind the net and there was nothing he could do.

CO-BURNED: McGinn gave the lead back to the Flyers early in the second period, and they held it until Braydon Coburn left Chris Higgins all alone in the slot with 12:29 to play. Henrik Sedin maneuvered slyly behind the net and found Higgins for the one-timer past Mason.

SCRAMBLEY THIRD: As a whole, the Flyers' defensive zone coverage was shoddy in the third period. After a flurry of scoring chances, Kesler finally cashed in on the go-ahead goal off a Higgins rebound.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Flyers were able to buck the trend, being one of the few Eastern Conference teams to beat the West this season. The West entered Tuesday night’s games 28-7-3 against the East. After their stop in Philly, the Canucks will hit six more cities in 10 days before finally returning to the Pacific Northwest.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING: After riding out a five-game pointless slump to start the season, his longest in nearly two full years, Claude Giroux has now collected an assist in back-to-back games. 

KEEP AN EYE ON: Nick Grossmann. He skated gingerly to the bench with 16 minutes remaining in the third period with an apparent shoulder injury after getting crunched by Dale Weise. Grossmann returned to action without missing too much time, but the big Swede has been injury-prone over the last few seasons.

WHAT’S NEXT: After reigniting the rivalry with the Penguins on Thursday, the Flyers will not play a game for an entire week. That’s five full days (or more) of practice for Craig Berube to continue the installation of his system. The gap in the schedule puts a little more pressure on the idle Flyers to enter the gap 2-6-0 instead of 1-7-0 as teams pass them in the standings.

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