Flyers pull away from Maple Leafs at end, get fifth straight win
The Philadelphia Flyers scored five straight goals in the third period and won their season-high fifth straight game, 6-1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.
Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist, and Philippe Myers had three assists for Philadelphia (16-7-5), which is 6-0-1 in its past seven games. Carter Hart made 27 saves.
“Everyone has a lot of faith in each other,” Flyers forward Kevin Hayes said. “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.”
Frederik Andersen made 23 saves on 28 shots for Toronto (13-12-4), which has lost two of its past three games.
After Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott tied the game 1-1 at 8:38 of the third, Claude Giroux scored to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 10:00 with the first of the five goals in 9:33. Konecny made it 3-1 with his 10th of the season at 16:32, and Joel Farabee scored into an empty net to make it 4-1 at 17:54.
“We tie it up, give up a goal, feel like we’re still kind of in it,” Toronto forward Auston Matthews said. “You got a chance to pull the goalie, still got a couple minutes left. But we let in that empty-net goal and we can’t just fold like that. It’s unacceptable to do that to our starting goalie, the guy that’s stolen games for us. He has been a brick wall for us all year. That’s just unacceptable on our part. We can’t just fold.”
Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said he addressed the final minutes of the game with them.
“Normally, I would not go in after a loss or a game like this, but I felt that it was important to address that situation,” Keefe said. “We want to be a team of high character and that cares for one another. I thought we just left our goaltender completely out to dry there and stopped playing. That’s not a good sign for our group. Hopefully, it’s sort of the shake-up that we need.”
They said it
“Have to do it pretty quick. Got a big important game tomorrow. They’re a good team. Learn from our mistakes quickly here, try to feed off the positives, and try to turn things around.” — Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott on getting ready to play the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday
“Obviously, we are getting goaltending. That is a huge part of today’s game, and we are getting it. Both our guys (Carter Hart and Brian Elliott) are permitting us to find our legs in a certain way and our hands to make the right plays. At the end of the day, we are defending well and the looks that we are getting offensively are quality looks.” — Flyers coach Alain Vigneault
Need to know
Flyers forward Michael Raffl is expected to be out four weeks after breaking the pinkie finger on his right hand trying to check Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen along the boards with 1:25 remaining in the second period. … Gostisbehere has two goals in three games after being a healthy scratch the previous three games. … The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and are 12-for-13 in six games since Keefe took over as coach Nov. 20.