Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Flyers hand Ducks their 5th straight loss

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By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Given the season they’re having, the last thing the Ducks need is to run into a team looking to bounce back from a bad loss.

Kevin Hayes had his first career hat trick, Rasmus Ristolainen and Morgan Frost also scored and the Philadelphia Flyers rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 5-2 win over the struggling Ducks on Tuesday night.

The Flyers lost, 6-0, at Boston in an afternoon game a day earlier that proved nothing more than a speed bump in their recent modest run of success. They still only have 19 wins but they have won four of five. They are 8-2 since an overtime win at San Jose on Dec. 29 and play hard under Coach John Tortorella.

Hayes, selected to the NHL All-Star Game, made up for a turnover that led to a missed Ducks breakaway when he scored his 11th goal of the season off a Ducks giveaway in the first

After Adam Henrique tied it for the Ducks early in the second, the Flyers got going.

They scored the kind of unique goals that seemingly only happen when a team is on a hot streak. Ristolainen scored short-handed on a two-man rush for his first goal since Jan. 22, 2022. It was the Flyers’ NHL-best ninth short-handed goal.

Frost made it 3-1 in the waning seconds of the period when he poked his ninth goal of the season through Anthony Stolarz’s legs.

Hayes scored again in the third for a 4-1 lead, the 30-year-old forward on pace for one of his top offensive seasons, even as he spent time in Tortorella’s doghouse. Hayes was a healthy scratch earlier this season and has been benched for long stretches during games. He helped the Flyers move to 10-3-1 since Dec. 5 when they score three-plus goals.

Hayes’ empty-netter in the final seconds made it 5-2 and sent hats soaring onto the ice.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored late in the third for the Ducks, who lost, 4-3 in overtime, a night earlier in Pittsburgh.

Samuel Ersson made 25 saves for the Flyers, who are costing themselves a better shot at winning the draft lottery with their recent surge. Philadelphia entered Tuesday’s game with only 5% odds to win the No. 1 pick, per tracker Tankathon.

Torts doesn’t care.

He wants to win – now.


Russian defenseman Ivan Provorov, the subject of recent trade speculation, did not participate in pregame warmups when the Flyers wore Pride-themed jerseys and used warmup sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape.


The Ducks play at Columbus on Thursday at 4 p.m., the third stop on their six-game road trip.

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