Five Flyers observations: Mr. OT Strikes Again, Flyers win 3-2 In overtime


Have you heard this lately? Travis Konecny again plays a part in the Flyers OT winner. This time it was another goal.

Just 27 seconds into overtime, Konecny fired home a shot short-side on Red Wings goalie Petr Mzarek.

It was Konecny’s 2nd straight OT game winning goal. Weird coincidence? The goal came at the same time he scored in Washington on Sunday to win the game. 27 seconds into overtime to be exact.

But, it is also the 3rd straight OT win for the Flyers that Konecny has had a part in. First, it started with a beautiful pass to Sean Couturier who scored to beat the Maple Leafs. Then, Konecny did it all himself in Washington. Beating Capitals John Carlson in a puck battle in center and entering the zone and firing it past Bradyen Holtby for the winner.

Tonight, Konecny got back onsides, without touching the puck. Picked it up and fired a shot past Petr Mzarek for the inner.

Konecny’s impressive stretch has been solely because of this new found faith in him by coach Dave Hakstol. Hakstol rewarded Konecny by promoting him to the top line and he hasn’t disappointed.

Since being promoted, Konecny has 5 goals & 6 assists in 12 games. But, that is not the only part of his game that has improved.

Konecny has worked extremely hard to improve his two-way game and it has shown. He understands now that with big time minutes, defense has to come with that.

Here are 4 more observations from the Flyers 3-2 OT win against Detroit…


Power-Play Finally Gets One
After going scoreless in the last 4 games, 0 for 12, the Flyers finally got a power-play goal tonight. Missing on their 1st attempt of the night, the Flyers scored 12 seconds into their 2nd power-play.

The goal ended the Flyers 0 for 13 streak. To make things more fitting, Jake Voracek scored the goal to end his 14-game goalless drought on the Flyers 14th power-play since last scoring.

But, with all good things comes hardship. The Flyers had to wait out a lengthy challenge by Detroit coach Jeff Blashill for goaltender interference.

However, the call on the ice would stand and the Flyers goal stood ending this dreadful streak for the Flyers power-play.


Sloppy Start
With the Flyers playing Sunday, you would have thought they would be the more rested team. Detroit played last night in New Jersey and did not get back to Detroit till after 2:00am.

However, from the start, it was the Flyers who had trouble finding their legs.

The Flyers were outplayed badly to start the 1st. It was multiple things. Their puck movement was poor, their breakout was non-existent, and they were losing puck battles with ease.

To cap it off, Detroit got the games first goal. It came off Flyers defenseman, Brandon Manning, who was in poor position screening Elliott in-front.

But, even with the slow start, the Flyers battled back hard and ended up with the 2 points.


The Workhorse Is Back
The Flyers have ridden Brian Elliott all season. However, recently Elliott has shown reasons of slowing down and tiring.

But, the workhorse is back. After being pulled in 2 of his last 5 starts, Elliott got some much needed rest. Last Tuesday, Elliott was pulled after the 2nd period in New York after giving up 5 goals.

This led to Michal Neuvirth starting the the next 2 games, giving Elliott some much needed rest.

Elliott came back and starred in Washington on Sunday, earning the victory. But, tonight, even without his best stuff, Elliott battled for the Flyers. He made timely save after timely save and earned the victory.

All is good in the world of Flyers goaltending with both goalies playing like #1’s at the moment.


Travis Sanheim To The Phantoms
Yesterday, the Flyers sent Travis Sanheim to the Phantoms to get some playing time. It was a move that shocked some Flyers fans, but it was needed. Sanheim needs to play games and him sitting in the press box isn’t helping his development.

On Friday, during the Flyers practice, GM Ron Hextall said something will happen with Travis Sanheim soon.

“Something will break here at some point with Travis.” GM Ron Hextall said Friday during practice.

With Sanheim going down, the Flyers needed to make a move to get a 7th defenseman. They recalled Mark Alt to take Sanheim’s spot on the roster.


Result : Flyers 3 – Red Wings 2, WIN

Record : 24 – 16 – 8

Next Game : 1/25 Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia PA, 7:00pm NBCSports Philadelphia


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