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Duchene’s crazy goal completes Flyers’ third period collapse

The Ottawa Senators struck late vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring three goals in the third period to win 4-3 in the Flyers' first game since firing GM Ron Hextall.

The Philadelphia Flyers are at a crossroads and where they go from here is anybody’s guess.

They just fired their general manager, the fate of the head coach is almost certainly resting on what the new general manager thinks of him, and the interim general manager has a history of making bold decisions when things are going poorly.

What they really needed on Tuesday night was a win, and for 50 minutes it looked like they were going to get it as they held a two-goal lead over the Ottawa Senators with less than 10 minutes to play.

That was when the 2018-19 Flyers showed up.

After Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk scored a pair of goals just two minutes apart to tie the game, Matt Duchene scored the game-winning goal, and what a goal it was.

Just like that, in less than eight minutes, the lead and two points were gone.

After Tuesday the Flyers are now tied with the New Jersey Devils for the worst record in the Eastern Conference and are owners of a minus-14 goal differential, also worst in the conference.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.