5 Takeaways from the Flyers 3-2 Overtime Loss to Pittsburgh
The Flyers fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in OT. A disappointing game to say the least; the Flyers seem to struggle to score goals now. I know they just had a win against the Coyotes but let’s be honest they even got outplayed at times in that game.
The Flyers are scrapping by games at this point and must get back into rhythm with this tough month ahead. Here are 5 takeaways from tonight’s overtime loss to the Pens.
1: Carter Hart was great (again)
Goaltending has not been an issue this season in fact it’s the complete opposite. Carter Hart is keeping this team in the mix and allowed them to steal a point tonight with the help of Laughton.
33 saves on 36 shots and this one could’ve been ugly without him. I’m sure he’d like to have that Letang goal back but the team didn’t do him many favors.
2: Travis Konecny Breaks Through
After starting the season on fire Travis Konecny cooled down a bit and hadn’t scored since the third game of the year against Boston.
On the powerplay Konecny received a pass from Giroux and used his hands in tight to get an angle and roof it over the shoulder of Tristan Jarry. Beautiful.
3: JVR is ice cold
Everybody in the arena and those watching at home knew that breakaway from James Van Riemsdyk wasn’t going in; he just doesn’t have that touch right now.
He’s always been known as a streaky player and we could use a hot streak at this point in time. 1 goal in only 8 games and while I think he’s had good games, we are gonna need his goal scoring.
4: Lindblom just cannot buy one
Oskar Lindblom currently has point and that was an assist. I personally think his play has been better of late and he should’ve had a goal on a few open chances, but no dice.
My co-host Chris Stumpo suggested the idea of pairing him with Couturier and Konecny again and it might be a good idea. We’ve seen the chemistry work before and that third line isn’t cutting it right now.
5: Scott Laughton with another big goal
Laughton iced the game against the Coyotes on Tuesday on a chaotic play at the end of the game. Tonight, Laughton tied the game up with about three minutes to go on a rifle of a slap-shot.
Back-to-back big goals for the Flyers with one securing two points and the other giving us one. Scott Laughton is apart of that third line that needs to get going so hopefully him getting his scoring touch pays dividends.
The Philadelphia Flyers travel up to Washington to take on the Capitals on Saturday at 7. The Capitals are 5-1-4 and just took a hit with TJ Oshie leaving the lineup. Big inter-division game that the Flyers need to show up for on time.
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