Playoff Vibes as Captain-less Flyers Take Down Leafs

Owen Tippett scored 19 seconds into the game and added an assist. Morgan Frost had a goal and an assist as the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night. Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers. Who played without captain Sean Couturier, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his 13-year career. 

Sam Ersson, was pulled on two of his previous three starts. He made 27 saves, including a stop of Bobby McCann on a short-handed breakaway in the second period. The Flyers had lost three of four entering the game and allowed 19 goals in their three losses.

Facing a three-goal deficit at the start of the third period, Toronto tried to mount a comeback. William Nylander scored on a power play and Tyler Bertuzzi and John Tavares added goals. But Ersson made several big saves in the final 10 minutes and Laughton’s goal with seven minutes left restored a two-goal advantage and helped ice the win.

Ilya Samsonov had 24 saves for Toronto, which had its three-game point streak halted. Flyers coach John Tortorella scratched Couturier, who was named team captain in mid-February and expressed his displeasure with what he called.

Matt Bednarczyk
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