Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes both registered three-point nights as their line (along with Scott Laughton’s two-point night) led the Flyers to a fourth-straight win on Tuesday night with a 4-2 decision over the reeling Sharks.
Nicolas Aube Kubel also scored for the Flyers, and Carter Hart made 26 saves on 28 shots as they pulled away from the Sharks in the second period and never looked back.
Good way to start the night? A power play goal courtesy of Aube-Kubel, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead just 1:32 in. It’s his sixth of the season from James van Riemsdyk and Matt Niskanen.
JVR to Aube-Kubel! pic.twitter.com/VO2DETPEPn— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 26, 2020
That’ll do, NAK, that’ll do.
Despite the fast start, the Flyers would watch the Sharks battle back and control play after the NAK goal to get things started. The surge paid off as Joel Kellman took advantage of a juicy rebound from Hart out in front, jamming one home to even things at 1-1 with around 13 minutes left in the first. Some advanced metrics on that tally: Kellman only has two career goals and they’re both against the Flyers.
Carter’s gonna want that rebound back, folks.
After killing off a late Sharks power play the Flyers nearly took the lead back but Laughton’s wrist shot rang off at least two parts of the posts behind Aaron Dell and out. At the other end the Sharks would draw a penalty on new Flyers Derek Grant, giving them a full two minutes on the power play to start the second.
Laughton almost gave the Flyers the lead in the closing minute. pic.twitter.com/hp6TVECuPp— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 26, 2020
The Flyers would kill off the chance and take that momentum and run with it.
Laughton didn’t score earlier, but setup Hayes early in the second with a perfect pass and Hayes did the rest as he beat Dell to make it 2-1 Flyers. After a lengthy offsides review the goal would stand and the Flyers would be awarded with a power play as a result.
The entry was ONside! Hayes with the goal. pic.twitter.com/ObaXNTi29K— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 26, 2020
Sadly, nothing was doing on the ensuing power play as the Flyers failed to take advantage of a prime chance to create some distance between themselves and the Sharks.
But power play be dammed, the Flyers would do it at 5-on-5 the old fashioned way.
Konecny connected on a 2-on-1 after Hayes slid the puck over and TK did the rest to extend the Flyers’ lead to 3-1 with a little less than 10 minutes left in the second.
Konecny goes five hole on Dell for the tally. pic.twitter.com/DHS3NwUNvG— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 26, 2020
Only goals for the Flyers in the second period as Hayes and TK’s goals made it 3-1 with just 20 minutes left separating the Orange and Black from a four-game winning streak.
Already red-hot on the night, the Laughton/Hayes/TK line would stay that way to start the third as Hayes notched his second goal of the game after a great all-around effort from the line to push the Flyers’ lead to 4-1 less than five minutes into the period.
Hayes puts the Flyers up by three! pic.twitter.com/khrkq1Mz6z— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 26, 2020
Hayes’ second assisted by Laughton and Konecny gave the line eight points on the night, and second goal directly involving all three. Pretty, pretty, pretty good!
Not good? The Sharks scoring.
They’d do exactly that with 11:42 left to pull within two goals with a Noah Gregor goal to make it 4-2. Like Kellman, he’s got just two goals on the season as well so the Flyers were doing that whole thing where random dudes just own them.
Noah Gregor with the one-timer ✅ pic.twitter.com/aepmL8MGLB— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) February 26, 2020
With 5:12 left tempers would flare up as Gregor leveled Claude Giroux at center, causing both teams to come together as the Flyers took offense to the hit on their captain. Replay showed the hit to be at least of the blindside variety, but not the head contact that the officials thought.
Gregor hits Giroux, no head contact, leans into him. Definitely not a bad hit, but be prepared to answer if you hit the guy with C pic.twitter.com/fh0dEPsTxm— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) February 26, 2020
Giroux was okay, though, and 4-on-4 would be the outcome for a couple minutes.
With 2:01 left the Sharks would pull Dell to the bench, leaving their net empty to try and climb back into things further.
There wasn’t a comeback in store, or a third goal for Hayes as the Flyers would settle for a 4-2 win at the final horn.