All good things must come to an end. The Flyers’ one-game win streak is over after a 5-4 loss in overtime to the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday evening. The Philadelphia Flyers are now 0-35-2 in games they’ve trailed by two or more goals in 37 games. Flyers allowed a game-tying goal with 0.3 seconds left in regulation Saturday night before suffering a 5-4 overtime loss to the Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers were swept by the Hurricanes (45-15-8) in their four-game regular-season series (0-2-2). All four of the Flyers’ losses were by one goal. The Flyers have lost 20 times in games decided by one goal (9-8-12).
To The Game
Sebastian Aho had a helluva game Saturday, scoring a hat trick. That is just a night after Owen Tippett scored his first career NHL hat trick. Martin Necas scores with three-tenths of a second in the third period to tie the game to send it to overtime.
The Flyers got goals from Tyson Forestar (1), Noah Cates (11), Joel Farabee (11), and Brendan Lemieux (2). Martin Necas, however, flushed a loose puck with 0.3 ticks left on the clock after Felix Sandstrom made an initial save to nearly seal the game. The equalizer came at 6-on-4 for Carolina as it emptied its net with Scott Laughton in the box because of a holding penalty.
Sebastian Aho punctuated a hat trick with the OT winner just 28 seconds into the bonus session.
I like to see the young guys getting their ice time. This can only help going forward. Tyson Foerster scored his first career NHL goal on his well-advertised shot and finished with a two-point game. Through five games with the big club, Foerster has a goal and two assists. The Flyers’ young forwards were a significant positive Saturday. Owen Tippett (two assists), Foerster (one goal, one assist), Cates (one goal, one assist), Frost (two assists), and Farabee (goal) combined for nine points. The 27-year-old Lemieux, a trade deadline acquisition, also had a two-point performance.
The Flyers have had an offensive breakout in the last two games. They were able to build off of the 5-2 win over Buffalo. That’s nine goals in their last two games. Prior to these two games, the Flyers had scored just 2.05 goals per game over their past 20 games.
Sandstrom saw the Hurricanes on the road nine days ago and suffered a 1-0 loss despite making 28 saves. He stomached another tough loss to Carolina. The 26-year-old finished with 29 saves. Hurricanes netminder Frederik Andersen improved to 11-4-3 lifetime against the Flyers with 29 saves. All good things must come to an end.
The Harsch Truth
The Flyers are 1-1-1 on their season-long seven-game homestand. They’ve lost 17 of their last 22 games (5-12-5). The Flyers (25-32-12) dropped to 1-11 in overtime. Tortorella’s team is 2-10-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets and hasn’t won consecutive games since Jan. 9-14. The Flyers get a few days off before hosting the Florida Panthers Tuesday night.