Flyers Didn’t Need a Bigger Boat After All

After the NHL Christmas break, the Flyers found themselves as the last team to resume play.  A west coast trip a familiar trip for Flyers fans at this time of the year was the reason for their late start.  First, stop San Jose Ca and the Sharks.  The Sharks entered play on Thursday night in a similar shape as the Flyers 11-19-6. Both teams are in a transitional period in their organization.   

On To The Game

Last night the Flyers as the script of the 2022-23 season has gone so far found themselves down in the first.  Tomas Hertl scored his 12th of the year at the 9:38 mark of the first.  The Flyers would find the back of the net about a minute later.  Travis Konecny would score his first of two goals (16,17) of the night to tie things up. 

In the second period, the Sharks would push themselves up at the 8:29 mark of the period Tomas Hertl his second of the night would put them up 2-1.  That would be your score heading into the third.  Sam Ersson making his second start of the year due to the confusion surrounding Carter Hart’s injury.  Ersson was solid for the most part as he responded to a lackluster debut against the Canes. Ersson faced 28 shots Thursday night stopping 25 of them for a .893 save percentage.

In the third, the Sharks would build a two-goal lead less than a minute into the frame.  Kevin Labanc would tally his 9th of the year at the 0:52 mark of the period.  As it has been the script for Orange and Black this year, they do have a comeback in them.

The comeback would start at the 5:57 point of the third.  Owen Tippett scored his 11th to bring the Flyers back to within one.  Then with the goalie pulled TK would strike again at 17:55 to tie things up at 3-3 his second of the night. 

That would be how regulation ended at 3-3.  In the overtime, the Flyers have been a train wreck.  Entering last night’s game, the Flyers are 0-7 in OT games this season.  Make that 1-7.  Owen Tippett started it all with a beautiful outlet pass spring Provy and DeAngelo on a 2-on-1 break.

 Provy pulled the goalie all the way to his side then fed the puck back to DeAngelo who finished a textbook 2 on 1 goal.  The OT winner at the 1:10 mark of the frame.  DeAngelo’s 7th of the year.   

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This And That

The Flyers won their first OT game of the season (1-7)

Carter Hart did not make the trip to the Coast as he is dealing with a concussion.  Ersson and Sandstrom will be your goalies until at least the Flyers return from the Coast.

The Flyers are now 12-17-7 this season (31 points)

The Flyers were outshot by the Sharks 28-26 (1055-1157), and the four goals by the Flyers now raise their season total to 94, The Flyers were 0-1 on the power play (16-105)

This was the second and final matchup between the Flyers and Sharks for the 2022-23 season. Their first meeting dates to Oct. 23, when Sharks’ James Reimer shut out the Flyers in Philly

Up next is the Los Angeles Kings on December 31st at 4:00 pm local time

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.