Super Let Down

On Super Sunday, Eagles fans in the Delaware Valley and around the world are waiting patiently for the start of Super Bowl 57.  The Flyers finished up their post-all-star break four-game homestand.  The upstart Seattle Kraken were the opponents.  The Flyers entering Sunday’s game, were 2-0 all-time versus the Kraken.  A 1 PM start at the Wells Fargo Center was the perfect start to your Super Bowl Sunday.  The Flyers were starting to generate consistent offense prior to the break. Entering Sunday’s game, the Flyers scored four goals in their last three games.

On To the Action

The Flyers would light the lamp first in this one.  Owen Tippett, with his 15th of the season at the 2:11 mark of the first period, gives the Flyers the early lead.  The Flyers, who were playing their second game in as many days, were at times flat-footed and slow to react.  The Kraken, who last played Friday night in New York against the Rangers, were looking to exploit that. Felix Sandstrom was given the start and looked sharp, at least through the 1st half of the period.

The Kraken would break through with 1st-period goals of their own. Jordan Eberle would get it started first for the Kraken. He would score his 11th of the year at the 12:53 mark of the period. Then at the 17:01 mark of the first, Eeli Tolvanen would score his 11th of the year to give the Kraken the 2-1 lead heading into the 1st Intermission.  

The second period would see the Flyers tie it at the 2:11 mark. JVR with his 9th. Then at 18:59, the Kraken would pull ahead with Jaden Schwartz, his 11th. The Flyers have been snake-bitten this season by the late-period goal.  Nothing in all of Hockey can be so deflating to a team as giving up a goal in the last two minutes of a period.

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Too Little Too Late

The third period started as the Kraken pushed their lead to two goals.  Jaden Schwartz would pot his second of the day at the 1:03 mark and his 12th of the year to give the Kraken a 4-2 lead. The rest of the period was a snapshot of the Flyer’s season with a lot of back and forth with very little offense.  Then lighting struck in the most unusual way for the Flyers. After taking a late penalty The Flyers would score their NHL-leading 10th short-handed goal of the season at the 16:40 mark. Patrick Brown with his 2nd of the season. The goal is the Flyer’s new life heading down the stretch. In the end, though the Flyers would fall 4-2. Next up for the Orange and Black, they will begin a Pacific Northwest/ Western Canadian Road trip in Seattle on Thursday.  The Flyers would finish with a season-low 18 shots on net. Super Let Down.   

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This and That

  • Flyers have gone 26 for 161 on the power play this season. That works out to 16.15%
  • Flyers are 22-23-10 under John Tortorella, 55 games
  • GOALS FOR: 147/ 2.6
  • GOALS AGAINST: 176/ 3.2   
  • SHOTS FOR- 1639/ 29.8
  • SHOTS AGAINST- 1728/ 31.4
  • OT RECORD- 1-9
  • Sean Couturier ($7.75M) – Ryan Ellis ($6.25M)- Cam Atkinson ($5.9M)- Tanner Laczynski ($762,500)- 20.6 million dollars of contract on IR
  • Since the 2021-2022 season, the Flyers have gone 54 for 394 on the power play 13%

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