The Philadelphia Flyers gave up a late goal with 2:05 left in the 3rd period. Eventually losing in overtime, 4-3, to the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
One of the main problems of the Philadelphia Flyers last season was comebacks. When the Flyers got behind, it seemed everything would just spiral out of control.
Last season, the Flyers were the only team in the NHL that did not register a come from behind win from two-goals down. They were 0-41-1 in games when down by two-goals or more.
So far this season, it has become second nature to the Flyers under new head coach John Tortorella.
Two of the Flyers first three wins were a result of a two-goal comeback. Tonight, it was their fourth two-goal comeback of the season.
After giving up two-goals to the Hurricanes in the 1st period, the Flyers roared back with two-goals in a span of 2:04 in the 2nd period.
Nic Deslauriers, who recorded his 1st point as a Flyer on Thursday, got his first goal as a Flyer tonight in the 2nd period. Deslauriers’s goal was a result of a hard-working shift by the 4th line.
Owen Tippett, who broke up a Hurricanes break-away early in the period, would tie the game 2:04 later on the power-play. Tippett worked a perfect give-and-go with Travis Konecny along the boards to get his first of the season.
So far this season, the Flyers have dominated the 2nd period. With two goals tonight, the Flyers are now outscoring their opponents 10-4 in the 2nd period.
No quit… Resiliency… Fighting hard… whatever you want to describe, the Flyers have shown an ability early on this season to just find a way to comeback. Which, was a huge issue with this team last season.
4th Line Shines
Head coach John Tortorella has been trying to find the perfect mix for the Flyers 4th line, their identity line.
But, through the first seven-games, Tortorella just hasn’t been able to find it. Tonight, though, the mix was perfectly right.
Nic Deslauriers, Lukas Sedlak, & Wade Allison combined for two of the Flyers three goals vs the Hurricanes. Both goals coming off from what John Tortorella wants the line to be, hard working & physical.
The Flyers two 4th line goals were a result of a hard fore-check and winning of board battles. Which, are two things Tortorella demands from his players on every shift.
Sean Couturier Out 3-4 Months
Sean Couturier, who has been rehabbing a back injury suffered in lead-up to training camp, will now miss three-four months.
On Thursday, Couturier underwent successful back revision surgery. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew B. Dossett at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas, Texas.
This is his second back surgery in past eight-months.
Last February, Couturier underwent back surgery to repair an injury suffered in December. It would lead to him missing the final 53-games and eventual surgery.
Sean Couturier could return in March if recovery goes as planned.
- Tanner Laczynski, who has been away from the team, became a dad today. Laczynski and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Leo Jacob.
- Kieffer Bellows, who was claimed on Thursday, made his debut in a Flyers uniform. Bellows registered 3-hits in 11:50 of ice-time.
- Carter Hart rebounded from two early goals by the Hurricanes. Hart finished with 34-saves on 38-shots in the losing effort. Once again a big reason why the Flyers got a point in this game
- Nic Deslauriers & Wade Allison both had a goal and an assist vs the Hurricanes. Both making the most of their limited ice-time tonight. Deslauriers played 9:32 & Allison played 6:14.
- The Flyers power-play scored their 6th goal of the season. The Flyers now have power-play goals in six of their eight games this season.
- With tonight’s game over, the Flyers opening month is now complete. Finishing the month of October with a 5-2-1 record.
Result : Hurricanes 4 – Flyers 3 , OT Loss
Record : 5 – 2 – 1
Next Game : Tuesday 11/01 , New York Rangers , New York NY , 7:00pm
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