Flyers Down Sharks In Must Win  

Owen Tippett scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Morgan Frost had a goal and an assist, and the Flyers beat the Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night. Joel Farabee also scored for Philadelphia, which was without suspended head coach John Tortorella. Cam York and Travis Konecny each had two assists for the Flyers.

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The Action

Philadelphia, which has alternated wins and losses in its past eight games, moved four points ahead of the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Filip Zadina scored two power-play goals on assists from Luke Kunin for San Jose, which has lost 10 of 11. Magnus Chorna finished with 39 saves.

Tippett’s power-play goal with 14:51 remaining broke a 2-all tie. Konecny threaded a pass-through traffic to set up Tippett at the side of the net, increasing Konecny’s team-leading points total to 56.

Sam Ersson made 27 saves for the Flyers, including a stellar left pad stop of Alexander Barbanov’s try from close range that kept the game tied just over a minute before Tippett’s score.

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Without The Coach

Tortorella was not behind the bench against San Jose after receiving a two-game suspension and a $50,000 fine for unprofessional conduct directed at officials. He violated the NHL’s Supplemental Discipline rule after being assessed for game misconduct during Philadelphia’s 7-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday night — the same night the Lightning were honoring the 2004 Stanley Cup champs coached by Tortorella.

Assistants Brad Shaw and Rocky Thompson assumed the head coaching duties against the Sharks. Tortorella will also sit out Thursday’s home game against Toronto.

End Game

Frost put Philadelphia in front 2-1 midway through the second period. Konecny’s shot toward the net caromed off Sharks defenseman Henry Thurn and to Frost at the side of the net. He shot high past Chrona. Philadelphia kept San Jose in the game with undisciplined play and uncharacteristically poor penalty-killing.

Zadina scored his second goal with 6:26 left in the period, a one-timer from the side of the net after a setup from Kunin. Farabee scored on a breakaway 3:29 into the game.

Zadina evened the score on the man advantage, beating Ersson on the glove side with a backhander from in close with 40.3 seconds left in the first period. Philadelphia entered second in the NHL on the penalty kill (85.4%).

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.