Flyers vs. Canucks: John Tortorella’s club overcomes deficit, moves to 2-0-0

The Flyers rode the momentum of the NLCS-bound Phillies by way of beating the Canucks, 3-2, Saturday evening.

At a packed Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies eradicated the Braves within the NLDS. The ultimate out was once proven at the Jumbotron on the Wells Fargo Center. Fans erupted after which noticed a comeback from the Flyers, who stepped forward to 2-0-0 underneath new head trainer John Tortorella.

“You want to get our team, the hockey team out here, into those situations,” Tortorella mentioned of the Phillies’ playoff birthday celebration. “We have been having a look at them celebrating in between classes. I advised the coaches, ‘That’s what we play for, simply the ones few moments of you’ll do a little of that s— there that they are doing, that they win and they are performing like idiots and simply having a blast.’

“Regular-season win, you might be satisfied for a few mins since you’re getting in a position in your subsequent sport. But while you do one thing and also you get to that pinnacle at this time, and they have got were given a few extra steps, I am getting it — that is what you play sports activities for.

“It makes me think, ‘What would it be like if we can find a way to get ourselves there?’ We’ve got some distance to travel to get there, but that’s why we play. I’m thrilled for them, congratulations and I can’t wait to see them keep on going.”

The Flyers began 2-0-0 in two of Alain Vigneault’s 3 seasons.

With his 3rd purpose in the course of the first two video games, Travis Konecny scored the game-winner Saturday within the 3rd duration. He had 3 targets in the course of the Flyers’ first 3 video games final season.

 

“Everyone’s buying in, everyone’s just playing hard, everyone’s moving their feet,” Konecny mentioned. “It’s really attractive, you kind of latch onto guys when they’re playing that way, you just jump over the boards, you do what the last guy did and you just build off each other.”

Tony DeAngelo and Scott Laughton scored the Flyers’ different two targets to erase a 2-0 deficit in the second one duration.

“It’s just two games,” Laughton mentioned. “We’ve got to continue to grow as a team and play better as we go along here.”

The club’s penalty kill went 5 for five. It grew to become away a Vancouver energy play within the 3rd duration to stay the sport tied.

The Flyers face the Canucks (0-2-0) once more once they discuss with Vancouver on Feb. 18.

• DeAngelo stored the club’s energy play with a blast for his first purpose as a Flyer.

He unleashed a large pump of the fist from the blue line after burying a shot from deep. The guy benefit was once 0 for 4 at that time and the Flyers desperately wanted some offensive lifestyles. DeAngelo and Ivan Provorov are off to a promising get started.

Just a little underneath 8 mins later, simply moments after the Phillies completed off the Braves around the boulevard, Laughton tied the sport with a shorthanded breakaway purpose. Konecny sprung him with a very good financial institution move.

“Really heads-up play,” Laughton mentioned of Konecny’s learn and execution. “Saw that there were two guys in the middle of the ice and banked it hard enough where I still had some speed to go in. It was a really, really good play by T.K.”

The Flyers are on the lookout for Konecny to play in all scenarios, including PK tasks to his plate. Cam Atkinson had numerous good fortune at shorthanded with Tortorella in Columbus. The head trainer sees similarities within the two avid gamers.

“Very similar,” Tortorella mentioned. “Kind of quick players. Cam’s more of a darter, but Travis has that, too. Same stature as far as height and all that, same willingness to play in the areas. Very similar. Cam was a guy for six years I leaned on in all situations like I’m doing with Travis. He may have to share it when Cam comes back, there’s going to be some time for him, too. But very similar players.”

• With Olle Lycksell’s call-up and NHL debut, 8 of the Flyers’ 12 forwards Saturday have been 25 years outdated or more youthful. Six of them had underneath 100 video games of NHL enjoy

“That’s where we are as a team,” Tortorella mentioned earlier than the sport. “If the organization — [Chuck Fletcher, Brent Flahr], everybody, the coaching staff — feels that we’ve got some guys that have a chance and need to be developed, it’s right where the organization is right now.”

Real cast get started for Tortorella taking into account the cases of accidents and getting to know new avid gamers, lots of them younger ones.

 

• The Flyers weren’t sharp within the first duration and it was once pricey.

Carter Hart surrendered a purpose 1:34 mins into the motion. Kyle Burroughs’ shot was once spectacular, nevertheless it were given thru Nick Seeler and was once stoppable for Hart.

The Flyers then went 0 for three at the energy play with 3 photographs as Vancouver attempted to reward them an early equalizer.

Their deficit cushioned to 2-0 to start with intermission with a turnover within the impartial zone and resulting deficient protection within the defensive zone.

Hart completed with 27 stops. He bailed out the Flyers early in the second one duration when there was once a nasty turnover in the back of his web. Hart stretched out to deny a shot on the doorstep together with his leg pad, maintaining the deficit at 2-0.

The Flyers replied with the DeAngelo and Laughton targets to draw even heading into the 3rd duration.

Thatcher Demko, who had to face Connor McDavid’s Oilers within the Canucks’ opener, stopped 27 of the Flyers’ 30 photographs. Fourteen of the saves got here within the first duration.

• Lycksell, a talented 23-year-old Swedish ahead, was once inserted into the lineup at the fourth line.

Tortorella felt Lycksell had “a really good start” in coaching camp however then “faded.”

“I’m hoping he plays like he played earlier in camp,” Tortorella mentioned earlier than the sport. “We’re going to see.”

The 2017 sixth-round pick out completed with a penalty in 9:02 mins.

Jackson Cates made his season debut centering the fourth line and performed 6:59 mins.

The Flyers be expecting a excellent little bit of motion with their roster early on right here.

• Nicolas Deslauriers had his first struggle as a Flyer. Burroughs stepped up to the plate after Deslauriers put a blank hit on Curtis Lazar within the 3rd duration.

Deslauriers landed quite a lot of punches to the again of Burroughs’ head earlier than each avid gamers went down to the ice.

• Owen Tippett was once put on injured reserve prior to the sport after struggling an upper-body harm in the workforce’s season-opening 5-2 win Thursday.

Atkinson (higher physique) and Rasmus Ristolainen (undisclosed) overlooked their 2d directly sport. Both the winger and defenseman are regarded as day to day.

• The Flyers have stiff checks forward in Florida as they discuss with the Lightning on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/ESPN) and Panthers on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET/TNT).

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