The third meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes (13-8-0) didn’t go as planned for the Philadelphia Flyers (11-10-1). Travis Konecny scored the lone goal for the home team in a 4-1 loss. When the opponent scores first, the Flyers have a miserable 0-9-1 record.
“We got to work a little bit harder. I think [we had] urgency throughout the game, but spurts of it, not good enough consistently; not supporting the puck enough. They played hard.”Scott Laughton; 11/28/2023
Michael Bunting notched a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes have now won four of their last five games. Brendan Lemieux and Seth Jarvis added on to the great night for Carolina. Pyotr Kochetkov made 28 saves on 29 shots.
A thorn in the side of Philadelphia is their own powerplay. They finished 0/2 with the extra man, but so did Carolina. Both teams will meet one final time on March 21st at the PNC Arena.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Early in the first stanza, Philadelphia had a scoring chance after Jordan Staal served for tripping. In the recent trend, the powerplay generated some offensive zone time but recorded very few shots on goal. In fact, 6:04 melted off the clock before Cam Atkinson took the first shot on goal for the Flyers, a backhanded attempt on Kochetkov.
Carolina drew first blood. Bunting cleaned up a rebound in front of Carter Hart, 1-0, with 14:21 remaining in the first period. Sebastian Aho made the centering pass, putting the puck in a dangerous area.
Sean Couturier, Tyson Foerster, and Konecny applied the forechecking pressure through the middle of the first period. That line particularly seemed to step up after the Hurricanes began the scoring. Look at Travis Sanheim and Cam York, who were solid, too.
The second period began similarly, with Staal serving a minor penalty, this time for interference, on Bobby Brink. Staal committed this penalty in :25, beating his earlier performance. Yet, another man advantage was wasted as Philadelphia couldn’t capitalize.
It took 18 shots for the Flyers to put themselves on the scoreboard. Konecny received a pass in stride from Foerster and broke away from the pack, finishing glove side on Kochetkov, 1-1, with 12:46 remaining in the second period.
Lemieux scored the eventual game-winner, 2-1, with 6:35 remaining in the second period. Scott Laughton turned the puck over in an attempt to clear the zone. Andrei Svechnikov was a late scratch due to illness, and Lemieux entered the picture.
“I try and clear it off the wall, it hits off a shin pad, and goes right on his stick. I don’t know how many times that’s going to happen again.”Scott Laughton; 11/28/2023
Philadelphia was kept to a quiet minimum, smothered by Carolina in the third period. Owen Tippett and Dmitry Orlov clanged pucks off the post. From in close, along the goal line, Atkinson had a chance to slip a puck past Kochetkov, but the goaltender used his left pad to stop the backhanded attempt.
Jarvis scored his ninth goal, 3-1, with 3:26 remaining in regulation. Sanheim took away his lane to the middle of the ice, but the wrist shot got stuck under the skate as Hart pushed out of his stance, sliding into the net.
“The last goal; it’s going wide and it gets stuck under my skate. When I moved back, it kicked it in. So, it’s tough breaks, but it is what it is.”Carter Hart; 11/28/2023
John Tortorella pulled Hart immediately following that goal for a six-on-five tactic. Jesper Kotkaniemi added another, scoring an empty-net goal, 4-1, with 2:44 remaining in regulation.
“I thought it was just an ugly hockey game, probably by both teams. I guess I’ll speak on my team; we were just flat right through the lineup. The backend did some work; some good work, but we just didn’t have any forwards going at all.”John Tortorella; 11/28/2023
Next, the Philadelphia Flyers prepare to host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, November 30th.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)