As the Flyers braced for a matchup with the NHL-worst Toronto Maple Leafs, they were dealt a significant blow. Claude Giroux, their captain and leading scorer, was ruled out with an upper-body injury just hours before puck drop.
Giroux's injury was just one break that they could not catch. They also lost Steve Mason and Evgeny Medvedev in the third period due to injury, and though they carried a 3-2 lead into the third stanza, they headed to their second-consecutive 3-on-3 period and NHL-leading 22nd overtime.
Shayne Gostisbehere, however, gave the Flyers (26-21-11) the second point that they desperately needed with the game-winner just 29 seconds into the extra period. As a result, they left the Great White North with a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs (20-27-10). Gostisbehere's goal was his fourth overtime winner of the season, and extends his points streak to 15 games.