Flyers Lose to Penguins in Wild Game

Despite not quitting, the Flyers couldn’t slow down the Penguins in a wild, 7-6 loss Sunday. Philly’s only lead came 2:11 minutes into the action on a Travis Sanheim’s game-opening goal. John Tortorella’s team rallied twice to tie the game, but Pittsburgh answered each time. With Travis Konecny out over the weekend because of an upper-body injury, the Flyers (30-22-7) dropped both games. They fell to the Rangers, 2-1, in an exciting game Saturday in Philadelphia. The Penguins were without their second-leading scorer, Jake Guentzel, who suffered an upper-body injury a week and a half ago.

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Stakes of the Game

A win in regulation for the Flyers would have buried Pittsburgh deeper in the standings. The Flyers, in third place, entered Sunday’s game with a 68.1% chance to make the playoffs. The Penguins came in with a 30.5% chance. The Flyers have lost four of their last five games (1-3-1), a stretch in which they’ve allowed 20 goals. The lone win during that span came over the NHL-worst Blackhawks. The Flyers went 2-2-0 against the Penguins (26-21-8) this season. Pittsburgh picked up at least a point in all four matchups.

Cal Petersen, making just his second start in 106 days, yielded seven goals on 32 shots. Not his best performance by far. Not playing much hasn’t helped his readiness. The Flyers went with Samuel Ersson in Saturday’s big home game against first-place New York. They don’t want to overwork the 24-year-old rookie. They have 15 games in March and will need Petersen to give them some reliable starts. Two of the goals Cal surrendered were deflected. He needed to make a save on Emil Bemstrom’s 4-2 marker in the second period, which came on a Penguins power play. Pittsburgh did a lot of work down low, keeping Petersen on the move. Sidney Crosby once again did damage against the Flyers, finishing with a four-point game (one goal, three assists).

Scoring At Will

Half of the Flyers’ goals Sunday came from the back end—two from Sanheim and one from Cam York. The only goal was Tyson Foerster’s second of the game, which made it 7-6 with 2:03 minutes left. The Flyers had their net emptied to give themselves a 6-on-4 opportunity. Scott Laughton scored the Flyers’ league-leading 14th shorthanded goal to make it a 4-4 game at the second intermission. But the Flyers’ power play has just 11 more goals than the PK this season. Olle Lycksell, recalled and tallied two assists. It was his best game as a Flyer.

Laughton was arguably the Flyers’ best player on the ice. He had two assists and a plus-4 rating for his goal. He’s on a seven-game point streak (three goals, seven assists). Over the last two seasons, Laughton leads the NHL in shorthanded scoring with 14 points (five goals, nine assists). The Flyers return home for a matchup Tuesday with the Lightning.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.