January 29, 2023

After ending a ten-game losing streak on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

The Flyers weren’t a complete disaster against a top-ten team in the NHL, although the scoreboard said otherwise. On the power play they were 0/3. Structure and physicality were evident throughout the game and created chances, even in strength scenarios. Elite talent parity between the Flyers and Lightning was the difference.

Carter Hart (+)

Carter Hart suffered his sixth regular loss of the 2022-2023 season but showed elite potential at lightning speed. Though he conceded four goals, Hart saved the Flyers from a few more scoring chances. He played much better than 23 saves from 27 shots on goal would suggest.

The last goal was unlucky. Ian Cole threw the puck off the ice at center, which bounced off the backboards and slid past Hart after getting stuck in his pads. A stroke of luck that Hart will quickly forget:

“That could be one of the worst goals I’ve ever given up. It was tough, but it happens. Some bounces go your way, some don’t. That wasn’t the case, but the best part is that it’s in the past. I just have to get it over with.”

Carter Hart; 12/01/2022

Konecny ​​scores in return

Travis Konecny ​​returned to the lineup, healing from an upper body injury. In return, he scored his eighth goal of the season in the third section. Koneceny slowed down the Flyers’ pace under Tortorella and made an immediate impression.

The Flyers were dominated by Tampa Bay in the second third. Rasmus Ristolainen was temporarily on a long 4:02 shift. Konecny ​​lost crucial momentum during this period and believes the team have people who could turn it back in their favour:

“I think there are guys who can change the swing. It’s just difficult when you give the top line on the other side so much time and space to move. You will do the same. They will get momentum for their team.”

Travis Konecny; 12/01/2022

Flyers are still discovering their mentality

A lack of leaders on the bench to build and propel momentum swings is critical in games like these. Konecny ​​believes the team has players who can steer the momentum back into the favour. Tortorella hasn’t found a specific member of the list to rely on to ignite a spark:

“I’m not pointing fingers at one person. I don’t think we have that as a team mentality. We’ll go through these, we’ll have one more game like this, probably a few before the season is over.

John Tortorella; 12/01/2022

Tortorella preaches to his team to play the same game no matter what the scoreboard says. He wants his team to keep the game simple at all times because he knows they can benefit from it. The Flyers missed the game against the Lightning:

“I’m not pointing at a guy and I’m not criticizing our guys, but we have to understand a mentality, find a way to keep it simple, get a pre-check or do something to change the momentum. We had no answer tonight.”

John Tortorella; 12/01/2022

next up

The Flyers host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

(Photo credit/Alex McIntyre)

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