Flyers thrash Toronto
The Philadelphia Flyers found the net five times without reply during the third period to clinch their fifth win in a row with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Flyers went into the game as big favourites with sports betting companies, and they justified that rating with an ultimately comfortable win, in which Travis Konecny scored and claimed an assist, and Philippe Myers contributed three assists, while Carter Hart produced 27 saves.
Speaking after the game, Kevin Hayes of the Flyers said that the result was down to the closeness of the team and their excellent team spirit:
“Everyone has a lot of faith in each other. It’s probably the tightest team I’ve ever played with. Our leaders lead from the front, and it’s easy to follow. It’s a lot of fun to be on the ice, it’s a lot of fun to go to battle every night, and even if the other team scores, we’re not really panicked. And it shows.”
For Toronto, who remain fifth in the Atlantic Division, Frederik Andersen made 23 saves but was unable to stop the team from slipping to their second defeat in three.
Scott Laughton started the scoring for the Flyers at 8:49 in the second period when he took a backhand pass from Hayes and fired into the net, and that remained the scoreline until midway through the third, when there was a flurry of goals.
First, Travis Dermott gave the visitors hope with a goal at 8:38, but at 10:00, the Flyers were back in front thanks to a goal from Claude Giroux, who started a burst of scoring when he capitalised on a good pass from Konecny with a fine one-timer finish
Konecny scored his 10th goal of the season on 16:32 to make it 3-1, and the game was effectively over when Joel Farabee found an empty net on 17:54, though there was still time for Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk to put the seal on the performance.
The Flyers are now third in the Metropolitan Division, just a point behind the New York Islanders, and they will be hoping to close that gap when they take on the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, while the Maple Leafs will host the Colorado Avalanche a day earlier.
Words: Stijn Janssen