The Flyers were outperformed in every way possible against the Boston Bruins yesterday (6-0). Despite the loss, Philadelphia’s been playing their best hockey yet. The team accumulated two losses out of the nine games they’ve played thus far.
As the midday way point of the season approached; it’s important to account that winger, Travis Konecny, has an astonishing 46 points. Konecny also leads in goals with 24. Center, Kevin Hayes, leads the teams with assists at 27. When it comes to penalty minutes winger, Nicolas Deslauriers, racked up 80 minutes worth.
It’s evident who the leaders on the team are, but a 6-0 shutout against the best team in the NHL (Bruins) is a reality check for the orange and black despite how well they’ve been doing. The Bruins only lost one regulation game at home this season which was against the Seattle Kraken a couple days ago. The Flyers didn’t have a chance going into that game, but when your franchise goalie, Carter Hart, gets taken out that’s a problem.
The teams Philadelphia faced in the past couple weeks have been struggling clubs as well. The Flyers have a lot of work to do; which they know. Tortorella is installing new tactics as in no iPad use during the game. Tortorella wants the focus to be on the game itself in the moment; not past plays.
Tonight the Flyers faced the Ducks who are dead last in the Pacific division with only 29 points going into this game. Even though the Flyers have struggled tremendously they have 43 points. The Flyers were able to get a power play goal in the first period as Hayes got it behind New Jersey native, Anthony Stolarz, whose in net for Anaheim. Stolarz has only played eight games this season with three of them being wins and five of them resulting in loss.
Even though the Flyers are outplaying the Ducks, center, Adam Henrique, gets his 15th goal of the season and equalizes the game at 1. Sam Ersson is in net tonight as Carter Hart rests up. Rasmus Ristolainen gets his first goal of the season; giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead. This was also Ristolainen’s first shorthanded goal as well.
Frost wrapped up the second period getting his 5th goal of the season and giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead. Frosts’ goal was one of the most unique goals put up by Philadelphia this season with putting the puck between Stolarz’s legs and into the net.
It's getting chilly in Philly thanks to Frosty the goal man's between-the-legs tally. 🤯❄️ pic.twitter.com/hxi8d1iuQC— NHL (@NHL) January 18, 2023
Unlike the second period, the Flyers started off strong as Hayes got his second goal of the night. Hayes’ goal gives Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. The Ducks got a power play goal, but Kevin Hayes answered back with an empty netter getting him his first hat trick of the season. This is the Flyers’ second hat trick of the season after Travis Konecny’s at the last home game against the Capitals.
The Flyers win tonight’s matchup and look forward to hosting the Blackhawks on Thursday.