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St. Louis Blues Stunned By Philadelphia Flyers

St. Louis Blues take three-goal lead early but then can't prevent Philadelphia Flyers from rallying for a victory.

The St. Louis Blues had a three-goal lead midway through the second period on Monday night in Philadelphia but couldn’t hold it.

The Flyers scored four unanswered goals to beat the Blues, 4-3, at Wells Fargo Center. 

“At 3-0, we loved the way the game was going,” Blues captain David Backes told reporters. “We’ve just got to keep playing that way and we don’t.”

The Blues (20-11-4, 44 points) had won three straight games. The Flyers (15-12-7, 37 points) have won three of their last four and and four of their last six, which includes a 4-2 win over the Blues in St. Louis on Dec. 10. 

Robby Fabbri's sixth goal of the season and Kevin Shattenkirk's fifth, on a power play, gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Then Magnus Paajarvi's goal 9:11 into the second period, his second of the season, gave the Blues a 3-0 advantage. 

But then Philadelphia answered with a short-handed goal from Chris VandeVelde, on the rebound of an initial stop by Jake Allen, and a goal by Wayne Simmonds within the next few minutes. 

Simmonds scored again, his ninth of the year, on a power play early in the third period to tie the score, 3-3.

Evgeny Medvedev tallied the game-winning goal with 3:13 left.  

“Foot off the gas once again and we can't put together a full 60,” Backes said, “or we haven't put together a full 60 to bury a team when we've got a 3-0 lead, which seems like the logical thing to do.”

The Blues are back in action on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins.

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