By Annie Ross

After yesterday’s heartbreaking loss to the Rangers, the question for Flyers fans is:

Where would the team be without rookie Shayne Gostisbehere?

Gostisbehere scored his ninth goal since being called up in mid-November with his patented blast from the point that beat Henrik Lundqvist on the power play in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers. He later picked up his 17th assist of the season in the third frame, when Ryan White gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

After the game, Gostisbehere sounded like a seasoned veteran. He understands the Flyers could’ve skated away with two points in regulation but they can’t afford to dwell on the disappointing outcome, especially with the Caps on deck.

“It’s definitely pretty tough,” Gostisbehere said of the loss. “But again, it’s how we respond. We know we’ve got a big game tomorrow and we knew it before the game. But it’s one game at a time for us. We’re just gonna take everything in stride and be ready for Washington.”

Gostisbehere will look to build on his seven-game point streak. He has two goals and eight assists during that stretch and is just three games away from matching Mikael Renberg’s franchise record for consecutive games with a point by a rookie.

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