The Flyers are riding their best three-game winning streak of the season after posting a 3-1 win Wednesday night against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Owen Tippett, Travis Konecny and Ryan Poehling scored goals for the Flyers, who outscored their opponents 13-6 during that stretch. They didn’t trail and all three wins came on the road following a 2-1 loss to the previously winless Sharks.
Carter Hart has been strong for the Flyers (8-7-1) in his return from injury and illness.
John Tortorella’s club is 1-1-0 against the Hurricanes (9-7-0) midway through the regular season series.
The Flyers’ previous five losses to Carolina all came by one goal. Wednesday night marked the team’s first victory against the Hurricanes since November 2021.
• Hart felt like he didn’t miss anything after Tuesday’s practice.
He played like that on Wednesday too.
The 25-year-old guard played his first game in two weeks after missing five games – the first three with a mid-body injury, the last two with food poisoning.
Hart made 31 saves on 32 shots.
Carolina didn’t break it until halfway through the game, when the Flyers led 3-0. Stefan Noesen buried a nice pass from former Flyer Tony DeAngelo.
Thirteen seconds later, the Flyers committed a penalty, but their penalty kill responded well, preventing the momentum from swinging completely towards the Hurricanes.
The Flyers played a tough defensive game, blocking 30 shots.
Their PK went 3 for 3, while the power play finished 0 for 1 and is now 4 for 53 on the season.
Carolina goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 21 of 24 Flyers shots
• The Flyers scored early in the first and second periods, setting the tone for a road team playing in a tough building.
Tippett started the match just 1:50 into the action. Morgan Frost picked up the first assist, giving the 24-year-old center points in each of his last three games (two goals, two assists).
Konecny’s marker was also timely. Nick Seeler found the Flyers’ leading scorer in the slot with less than a minute left in the opening period.
Twenty-nine seconds into the second period, Poehling scored his first Flyers goal to increase his team’s lead to 3-0.
The 24-year-old was playing his second game at the center of the third line and took advantage of it. He logged a season-high 17:18 minutes, won 13 of 18 faceoffs and blocked four shots.
“He’s got a lot more to do,” Tortorella said Tuesday. “I wanted to give him an opportunity in a more offensive role.”
The Flyers finished their road trip with an impressive 3-1 win Wednesday night against the Hurricanes.
• Bobby Brink was left out for a second straight game. Egor Zamula, who was scratched alongside him last Saturday, returned to the lineup. The Flyers loaned Victor Mete to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, currently giving them six healthy defensemen.
“It wasn’t because of the rest,” Tortorella said Tuesday of the two youngsters. “I thought Bobby had stabilized, I thought Z was struggling. Part of the process with the younger guys, they know where we are, but that’s not a gift either. It doesn’t make It’s bad to watch over a young guy.”
During the middle period Wednesday night, Zamula put the puck over the glass for his second delay of game penalty in his last two games. Penalties have become a bit of an issue for the 23-year-old defender. He has taken five in his last four games.
Zamula did not play in the third period. Tortorella clearly wanted to win this match by reducing his bench to five defenders for the last 20 minutes.
“When there are decisions to be made, you know you’re deepening your lineup,” the head coach said Tuesday. “I’m not going to lose sight of the kids. We’ll see where this all goes.
“We’re going to make those decisions throughout the year, whether it’s the older guys or the younger guys, as we continue. We want to make them grow, but we also try to win hockey games, because we are involved in the season.
• The Flyers are scheduled to practice Friday at 11 a.m. ET in Voorhees, New Jersey before hosting a back-to-back series over the weekend. They host the defending champion Golden Knights on Saturday (1 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Blue Jackets on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).
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