John Tortorella’s team matches season-best 5-game winning streak – NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Flyers decided not to practice on Wednesday, staying off the ice for two straight days after a busy three-game road trip.
The decision appears to be paying off.
John Tortorella’s All-Star team was fast and connected in a 5-1 win Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center.
“I’m not going to sit here and try to be a coach and say, ‘Oh, we’ve got to do this’ — we played a great hockey game,” Tortorella said. “I think this is the result.”
Owen Tippett (two), Sean Walker, Cam Atkinson and Scott Laughton found the back of the net as the Flyers (25-14-6) added another highlight-reel win to their resume. They have won five straight games, matching their best winning streak of the season.
Tippett is brimming with confidence. It capped off his second goal of the night and was one of the highlights.
“He has a chance to be something special,” Tortorella said. “I think he feels good about his game, and he hits the back of the net more with his shot. I’ve never seen a goal like that. I’ve seen a lot of good goals, I haven’t seen one of those in a long time. Whereas.”
Tippett may have topped his impressive move as of Monday. He recently had to make a change in sticks. It didn’t hurt.
“I think he uses (Travis Konecny)’s stick,” Atkinson said. “He says he’s going to get back to his curve, and no one’s going to let him get back to his curve. But, no, he’s playing great. He’s getting chances and we know the type of player he is. He’s finishing some attacks and scoring some goals.” “One of these goals is very special.”
The Flyers outshot Dallas 43-15. A good start to their four-game homestand.
“I think the focus for us will probably be to be a little bit better at home,” Lawton, who scored from the penalty spot, said on the morning skate. “We need to be better at home, we know that. It’s exciting to be back with our fans.”
The Flyers split a two-game regular season series with the Stars (26-13-5). Back in October, they lost a wild game in overtime at the American Airlines Center.
It was the Flyers’ first win over Dallas since January 2019. They have gone 0-6-1 and have gone 32-12 in their previous seven meetings with the Stars.
Flyers fans chanted “Dallas sucks” during the third period.
“When you come home to a lively group, they’re engaged in the game, and that makes it easier for us to keep going,” Tippett said. “it is fun.”
• The Flyers have seven wins over top 10 clubs. They are also a top-10 team midway through what many have considered a rebuilding season.
Since November 10, the Flyers have gone 20-7-5 for 45 points. Only the Jets and Oilers have more points during that span, each with 46.
“Dallas, I think they’re probably the best team in the league,” Tortorella said. “I’m not sure what the standings are, but I look at their lineup, they have to be one of the best teams in the league. I think we dealt well against them tonight.”
• Atkinson’s goal was an important insurance drive early in the third period, extending the Flyers’ lead to 3-1. It came on the power play, giving the Flyers the man advantage in six of their last seven games.
Lawton and Tippett were added in the final stanza.
“It was a good team effort, everyone contributed,” Lawton said. “And then you can watch Tipper go to work at the end there.”
• Samuel Ersson only had to make 14 saves.
He did his job and the Flyers gave him a relatively stress-free night.
Jake Oettinger is one of the best goaltenders in the league and the Flyers have been chasing him. He faced 43 shots and stopped 38.
The Flyers had 21 more shots (30-9) than Dallas at the second intermission.
• After missing the last two games, Sean Couturier and Jimmy Drysdale return to the Flyers lineup.
Couturier was out with an undisclosed injury and Drysdale was suffering from illness.
With their return, Tortorella played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Couturier had an assist and Drysdale was sound offensively and defensively.
• The Flyers reached for the Stars in the first period and were rewarded when Morgan Frost made a brilliant pass.
Along the boards in the neutral zone, Frost played the puck through his legs to Walker who buried the shot with a minute left in the period.
The Flyers led 1-0 at the first intermission and 15-1 in shots.
Frost finished the night with two homers and has had four of them over the last three games.
“Confidence is definitely higher than it was at the start of the season now, so hopefully we can continue to build on that,” Frost said.
Morgan Frost found Sean Walker with a great pass to put the Flyers on the board in the first period.
• Bobby Brink stayed off the court doing a lot of extra work after the Flyers’ morning skate.
The 22-year-old rookie was a healthy scratch for the second time in the last four games. Over his last five games, he has played just 10:34 minutes per game.
The Flyers must talk internally about how they want to handle Brink’s spot now because play is essential to his development.
• The homestand continues with a back-to-back set over the weekend as the Flyers host the Avalanche on Saturday (1 PM ET/NBCSP) and the Senators on Sunday (1 PM ET/NBCSP).
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