The Philadelphia Flyers lost their second straight game Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Losing to the LA Kings 4-3 in overtime.
James van Riemsdyk got the Flyers on the board first. van Riemsdyk’s 8th goal of the season was set up by Owen Tippett in similar fashion to Tippett’s assist on Sunday vs the Winnipeg Jets.
Wade Allison would give the Flyers their second lead of the night. Allison’s 7th goal of the season was a testament to what John Tortorella wants Allison to do – drive to the net hard.
Rasmus Ristolainen gave the Flyers their third lead of the night. Ristolainen’s 2nd goal of the season was his fourth point in his last five games.
Carter Hart made 34-saves on 38-shots in the losing effort.
Owen Tippett Continues To Break-Out
When the Flyers traded away captain Claude Giroux last season, the main piece back in the deal was Owen Tippett.
Tippett, who had 33-points in 94-career-games, was just getting his feet wet in the NHL when he was traded to Philadelphia. A move that was seen as a necessary change of scenery for the former 10th overall pick in 2017.
Since being traded to the Flyers, Tippett has now tied his points total with the Panthers. Tippett’s assist in the first period gave him his 33rd point in a Flyers uniform in just 64-games.
For the season, Tippett has 13-goals and 13-assists in 44-games.
Tony DeAngelo’s Struggles Continue
During his pregame availability, John Tortorella did not hold back when discussing his displeasure with Tony DeAngelo’s poor defense.
Tortorella mentioned that DeAngelo does so many things right offensively. But, they need him to be better closing out opposing players in the defensive zone.
Tonight, those struggles continued for DeAngelo. Resulting in three Kings goals off DeAngelo’s mistakes. Including the game winner in overtime.
The first goal coming from what Tortorella mentioned this morning. The other coming off yet another turnover in his own zone.
Same Lineup Continues For The Flyers
John Tortorella has stayed consistent with his lineup and combinations the past few weeks. But, with the Flyers scoring just two-goals or less in three of their past five games, Tortorella was hesitant to say if they would stay together tonight pregame.
In the end, Tortorella decided to stay with what has been working over the Flyers recent good stretch. Tonight was the 16th straight game with the same lineup and combinations. The Flyers are 9-7-0 during those 16-games.
Result : Kings 4 – Flyers 3 , OT LOSS
Record : 20 – 21 – 8
Next Game : Thursday 1/26 , Minnesota Wild , St Paul MN , 8:00pm
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