Blues 4, Flyers 2: Morgan Frost stays hot as losing skid continues
The Flyers have now lost four straight with just five games to play in their season.
Just a few days ago, the Flyers were playing some of their best hockey of the season. They ended the month of March riding a seven-game point streak that saw them add five victories to their overall win total. But since the calendar flipped to April, they've reverted back to their old ways. Suddenly, the losses are piling up again.
The Flyers lost their fourth straight outing Tuesday night, falling to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 4-2 at Enterprise Center.
Morgan Frost, who now has 12 points in his last nine games, kept his hot streak alive by scoring his 19th goal of the season late to bring the Flyers within one goal of tying the game. Unfortunately, Blues goalie Jordan Binnington delivered a masterful performance in the game's final minutes to secure the win for his club.
The Blues opened the scoring early in the first period when Jordan Kyrou, who has been on a tear as of late, beat Sam Ersson to log his sixth goal in as many games. Noah Cates was guilty of a rare giveaway, which directly led to Kyrou's tally.
Things began to unravel in the second period. Five minutes into the middle stanza, former Flyer Tyler Pitlick beat Ersson on a 2-on-1 rush to double his squad's lead. Young defenseman Ronnie Attard, who was making his season debut for the Flyers Tuesday night, was left all alone to cover the odd-man rush when Cam York got a little too ambitious with his pinch in the offensive zone.
A little over three minutes later, Justin Faulk made it a 3-0 game just after a Blues power play expired. The Blues were awarded the power play thanks to a reaction to a clean hit by Jake Neighbours on Ronnie Attard. Nick Seeler confronted Neighbours after the whistle and was assessed a penalty for roughing.
The Flyers were lucky they didn't take additional damage in the period. Sammy Blais nearly made it a four-goal game late in the frame, but Rocky Thompson, who was filling the role of head coach on the bench as John Tortorella took the game in from the press box, successfully challenged the goal when it was determined Blais was offside while entering the zone.
As the Flyers have showcased many times this season, though, they refused to die in the final frame. In fact, they orchestrated a miniature comeback to make things interesting after they appeared down and out going into the second intermission.
Cates, after costing the Flyers a goal in the first period, should have given the Flyers their first goal of the night after redirecting an airborne puck past Binnington. Curiously, though, the officials deemed he gloved the aloft puck past the goal line. An odd ruling given the available visual evidence.
Soon after the disallowed goal, James van Riemsdyk scored a goal that couldn't be disputed – a perfect redirection off a point shot that spoiled Binnington's shutout bid. Soon after, Frost scored to cut the St. Louis lead in half, but it was too little too late at that point. Alexey Toropchenko potted the empty-netter in the final minute, giving the Blues the two-goal cushion needed to capture the victory.
Currently, the Flyers rank 26th in the league standings. If the season ended today, the Flyers would have the seventh-best odds at winning the draft lottery, which is scheduled for May 8.
The Flyers now have just five more games remaining in their season. Their next two outings come on the road against the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders before returning home for tilts against the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets. Their season will officially end April 13 on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks.