The Philadelphia Flyers continued their home stand on Saturday afternoon against the Anaheim Ducks. Entering the day, the Flyers (4-3-1) had allowed only three goals through a perfect 3-0-0 start at home. Anaheim more than doubled that total. Travis Konecny scored a pair of goals on Saturday, giving him eight goals through eight games. Cam Atkinson and Joel Farabee netted the club’s other markers. The Anaheim Ducks take advantage of Sam Errson.
Bobby Brink continues to turn heads. He had two assists after scoring two goals Thursday. But the sorry of this game is the Flyers played a messy, undisciplined game.
Sloppy First Period
The Ducks don’t take long to get on the board when Ryan Strome scores 1-0 Ducks. Mason and McTavish with the assist only at the 58-second mark. The Flyers look a little slow at the start. Sloppy passing and defensive breakdowns would continue for most of the 1st period. The Ducks would add to their lead when Frank Vatrano lights the lamp on the power play. Mason and McTavish with their 2nd assist of the game.
The Flyers would be on the attack for the first 5 minutes of the period. But at 6:58 of the period, Frank Vatrano scores his 2nd goal after a long review. La Combe and Strome, with the assist, Ducks extend their lead 3-0. Anaheim continues to tack on. At the 9:30 minute marker, Adam Henrique scores to extend the Ducks’ lead to 4-0. Jones and Silfverburg with the assist.
The Flyers would respond in a big way in the 2nd. Cam Atkinson puts the Flyers on the board at the 11:49 mark of the period. Tippet and York with the assist. 4-1, the Ducks still lead. Just 47 seconds later, Travis Konecny lights the lamp. Walker and Laughton, with the assist. 4-2, the Ducks’ lead continues to shrink. Flyers and Ducks would go back and forth for the rest of the period with scoring chances.
The 3rd period got underway, and the defense and goaltending must have stayed in the locker room as a shoot-out would begin. Starting at the 2:42 marker of the 3rd, Trevor Zegras scored his first of the season. Strome with the assist. Then, at the 3:14 mark, Brett Leason scores Carrick with the assist. About 6 minutes later, Travis Konecny scores Couturier and Brink with the assist. Frank Vatrano completes the hat trick. Joel Farabee scores, and Brink and Cates assist for the final score.
Samuel Ersson was making his second start of the season and finished with 18 saves. He was far from his best, but the Flyers also didn’t help him at all.
“It’s up to me to be prepared,” the 24-year-old said. “When I get the chance, I’ve got to be able to deliver a lot better performances than I have been the last couple games here. I’ve got to find a way to be a lot better, really.”
The four-game homestand (1-1-0) continues Monday when the Flyers host the Hurricanes