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VOORHEES, N.J. — Tuesday’s offensive hero for the Flyers was defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, whose goal won the shootout over the Bruins, 3-2.
 
It took until the ninth round before "Ghost" made an appearance. He had one shootout attempt last season and missed. He’s now 1 for 2 in his career.
 
As the Flyers improved to 3-2 in shootouts this season, the question now is, why haven’t we seen more of Gostisbehere in the shootout?
 
“He hasn’t done it a lot in his career,” Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said Wednesday. “That was probably his third or fourth time (including AHL) in his career. 
 
“He doesn’t have a track record of success or doing it. That being said, how do you build a track record? Getting an opportunity to do it. He’s a guy under consideration.”
 
The nine rounds represented the second-longest shootout the Flyers have had since its inception in 2005, and the longest one in which they won.
 
The only shootout that went longer was a 13-round shootout on Oct. 7, 2006, against the New York Rangers, which the Flyers lost.
 
Does it bother Gostisbehere that he doesn’t get called upon in the shootout?
 
“No, we've got some great shooters,” he said. “Doesn’t bother me at all. Whatever is best for the team. When my number is called, I’m ready to go. If he wants me to shoot, I will shoot.”
 
In Tuesday’s win over Boston, Gostisbehere flipped the puck high off Tuukka Rask’s shoulder. Last year, he missed on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist trying to go five-hole.
 
Shots
The Bruins peppered Steve Mason with 47 shots. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most the Bruins have taken against the Flyers since Feb. 9, 1974, when they had 48 shots in a 5-3 win in Boston. 
 
Bernie Parent was in net against the Bruins’ Ross Brooks. Ken Hodge had nine shots that game.
 
The 47 shots are the most the Flyers have allowed this season. The last game with that many shots against came March 22 of last season at Columbus. The Flyers allowed 53 shots in a 3-2 Blue Jackets win.
 
The last time the Flyers gave up this many shots on home ice was April 5, 2015, when Pittsburgh logged 47 in a 4-1 Flyers win. 
 
Stop the wooing
Even though he started a “wooing” chant recently after a Flyers goal, even rookie Travis Konecny says the incessant Ric Flair chants from fans at the Wells Fargo Center have become distracting.
 
Veteran Flyer Jakub Voracek was very vocal in his dislike for it.
 
“It’s childish and annoying and it’s really starting to piss me off,” Voracek said. “The first period they are (bleeping) wooing. What are you? (Bleeping) 10 years old?”
 
Hakstol was not pleased, either.
 
“Let’s hope it’s a short-lived fad,” he said. 
 
Loose pucks
Brandon Manning (concussion) did not practice. … Boyd Gordon (back spasms) remains inactive, but is feeling fine. … Konecny suffered a charley horse in his collision with Tim Schaller. He says he’s OK, but was still limping after practice. … The victory was Mason’s fourth of his career when facing 47 shots or more. Two of those wins came when he was with Columbus — 50 shots from Anaheim in 2010 and 28 from San Jose in 2008. … For just the third time all season, Mason's goals-against average is under 3.00 at 2.96, while his save percentage is .898. Only once has his save percentage been above .900. That was on Oct. 25 when it was .901 after winning in relief during a 4-3 shootout win against Buffalo.