In St. Louis, on Tuesday night, the Flyers dug themselves a hole and couldn’t climb out of it as they lost to the Blues, 4-2. As it has been the Flyers MO all season long. They found themselves down big late but rallied. James van Riemsdyk got them on the board by redirecting Nick Seeler’s shot. A little under two minutes before van Riemsdyk’s marker, Noah Cates thought he had one of his own. Same old song in St. Louis.
However, the initial ruling had no goal, and it was then confirmed by video review. The review was lengthy because it was a play with plenty of gray areas. It was determined that Cates batted the puck into the net. The close call turned out to be a big one given the Flyers eventually came within one goal of knotting the score. The Flyers (29-35-13) are on a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) and have five games left in the season.
John Tortorella was not behind the bench. Instead, the head coach evaluated from another vantage point. Assistant coach Rocky Thompson led the Flyers and won a second-period coach’s challenge to erase what would have been the Blues’ fourth goal. St. Louis got its fourth and final tally on an empty netter with 32 seconds remaining. The Flyers split the two-game regular-season series with the Blues (36-35-7).
The Flyers fell behind 2-0 for an astonishing 23rd time this season. They had little offensive life through two periods as they went into the second intermission with a 3-0 deficit. It was turned up in the third period, but they needed to be much better during the first 40 minutes if they wanted to win. They were not sharp and had to play a ton of defense before making a desperate push in the final frame.
Players Of Note
Morgan Frost extended his point streak to five games (five goals, two assists) when he trimmed St. Louis’ lead to 3-2 with 8:17 minutes to go in the game. Frost fought for a rebound that was created by Cam York.
Since the 1st of the year, Frost has been one of the bright spots. Frost has cemented himself into the future of this team. He has led the Flyers in points with 29 (12 goals, 17 assists) over 40 games. He now has 19 goals and 43 points on the season. This has been Frost’s first full crack at the NHL grind. And he has gotten better as the season has gotten deeper.
Samuel Ersson made his second straight start and stopped 28 of 31 shots. He was not a problem whatsoever. The Flyers did not help his cause with the Blues’ three goals.
St. Louis netminder Jordan Binnington had a huge third period, denying 16 of the Flyers’ 18 shots. He finished the night with 32 saves. Prospect Ronnie Attard debuted his season after being called up Monday from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. This season, the 24-year-old has led all Phantoms defensemen in goals (11) and points (30). He signed his entry-level deal last season in late March and had a 15-game audition with the big club. Same old song in St. Louis.
The road trip continues Thursday when the Flyers visit the Stars. Seven games remain for the Flyers in the 2022-23 season.
This and That
- -Flyers have gone 33 for 211 on the power play this season. That works out to 15.64%
- -Flyers are 29-35-13 under John Tortorella 77 games
- -GOALS FOR: 207/ 2.6
- -GOALS AGAINST: 262/ 3.4
- -SHOTS FOR- 2254/ 29.2
- -SHOTS AGAINST- 2418/ 31.4
- – OT RECORD- 1-12
- – SHOOTOUT RECORD– 2-1
- – Sean Couturier ($7.75M) – Ryan Ellis ($6.25M)- Cam Atkinson ($5.9M)- 20.48 million dollars of contract on IR
- – Since the 2021-2022 season the Flyers have gone 61 for 444 on the power play 13.74%
Bedard Or Bust
Conor Bedard Regina Pats/ Center/ Western Hockey League 2022-23
GP G A PTS PIM +/-
57 71 72 143 62 +39
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