PHILADELPHIA – A day after playing error-free hockey against the Nashville Predators, the Flyers didn’t perform as well in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Kraken.
The miscue proved costly on the first three of the Seattle Kraken’s four goals, which paved the way for the Flyers’ 4-3 loss at the Wells Fargo Center.
Seattle’s win broke a three-game losing streak. The Flyers fell to 22-23-10 on the season.
The epitome of loose play for Philadelphia was conceding a goal with just 1:01 left in the second period to break the tie 2-2.
Jaden Schwartz, who posted two goals in the game, remained open just above the hash mark and drilled a shot past goalkeeper Felix Sundstrom, whose season record fell to 1-8-1. bottom.
After three straight games in which the Flyers held their opponents to two goals or less, the effort required much looser play.
The Flyers struck first in the game, with goalkeeper Philippe Gulbauer scoring from Owen Tippett with a shot from the left circle just 2:11 into the match.
Seattle fought back with goals from Jordan Eberle and Ili Torvanen.
A Tony DeAngelo turnover led to a goal for Evar at 12:53. Jared McCann stole the puck in his zone on the Flyers’ attack and started a 2-1 rush. Sandstrom didn’t stand a chance on his Eberle’s powerful shot from close range.
“Whatever I flipped it over and they scored, I double-clutched it to try and get it down on goal,” DeAngelo explained. We try to avoid these kinds of plays, there are some unlucky plays, but they happen and they’re behind the net.”
For Kraken’s second goal, Oliver Björkstrand picked up James van Riemsdijk’s pocket along the boards. His one quick pass to Torvanen gave him a successful venture into the net at 17:01.
Van Riemsdijk made up for the blunder at 3:33 of the second period. He was positioned in front of the net when Tippett shot from the right circle. JVR tilted the shot into the air and backhanded the puck into the net.
“They took advantage of some of our mistakes,” says van Riemsdyk. “There’s no good reason, but that’s kind of how the game went. They’re a quick team that forces mistakes. Certain situational things we could have done better.”
“It’s hard to win by self-harming. There was
Schwartz scored again just 1:03 into the third period, this time with a shot from the right circle to give them a two-goal lead.
Patrick Brown scored a short-handed goal with 3:20 to play to keep the Flyers within one.
But Seattle did a good job keeping the Flyers at bay in the final minutes, so the four-game homestand (1-2-1) ended in disappointing fashion.
“Tonight wasn’t very good,” said Scott Lawton. “We didn’t have it. We didn’t get it.” [of the defensive zone] And they made us pay.
Coach John Tortorella credited the Kraken, led by former Flyers bench boss Dave Huxtle.
“I thought they [the Kraken] I was able to think faster, faster,” said Tortorella. “After the first few minutes of the first period, until the second half of the third period, I thought we were behind all night.
I don’t know if it was the schedule. 3 games in 3 and a half games, whether it got to us. I don’t think we were on board. TK [Travis Konecny], no shots.Kevin [Hayes] no shots. I guess we weren’t good enough. They are a seasoned team and they have 30 wins for a reason. ”
The Flyers are off until Thursday when they begin their four-game road trip in Seattle. The trip will stop in Vancouver on Saturday, Calgary on Monday, February 20th, and Edmonton on Tuesday, February 21st. …Van Riemsdyk’s goal was his 297th in the NHL. … Ole Rixel, who had just been recalled from the Phantoms on Saturday, joined the lineup and initially skated alongside Lawton and Hayes.
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