Clinic by Tampa Equals 3 Straight Flyers Losses

Before the game, the Flyers announced that goalie Carter Hart had been indefinitely granted a leave of absence from the team. Flyers GM Danny Briere also stated that the team would not comment further on the situation. Cal Peterson was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as the backup to Sam Ersson who will be the Flyer’s new number 1 goalie.

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Nikita Kucherov had three goals and an assist, and the Lightning beat the Flyers 6-3 on Tuesday night. Kucherov scored on a one-timer from the right circle late in the first period. He added a nearly identical goal on a power play 2:24 into the second. He also had an empty netter in the final minute of the game.

Kucherov moved into the NHL lead with 80 points, continuing his battle with Colorado’s Nathan Mackinnon for the top spot. Brayden Point and Brandon Hagel each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay won for the sixth time in seven games. Michael Eyssimont also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 stops.

Jaime Drysdale and Cam York scored for Philadelphia, which has dropped three in a row. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist. It was Drysdale’s first goal since he was acquired in a Jan 8 trade with Anaheim for one of the Flyers’ top prospects, Cutter Gauthier.

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Sam Ersson made 15 saves in his second consecutive start for Philadelphia. He likely will serve as the Flyers’ No. 1 goaltender for the foreseeable future. Drysdale’s power-play goal trimmed Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with 5:56 left in the second. But Kucherov fed Eyssimont in the slot with a slick pass for a power-play goal with 2:18 remaining in the period.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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