The Flyers have lost back-to-back games for the first time since before Christmas. There is some solace in the fact that this game went into overtime, so the Flyers get a point out of it as the Lose Angeles Kings dropped the Flyers 4-3. It was the eighth time this year the Flyers lost in OT. But was it a legitimate loss?
Watch this video and tell me what you think (after fast-forwarding the video to 2:30. Tony DeAngelo feels he was tripped. He also feels that the no-call by the refs cost the Flyers the game. Is he right?
DeAngelo was sent sprawling to the ice, trying to help the Flyers score on a great chance by Sanheim. Kevin Fiala went down the length of the ice, flicked it over Carter Hart, and notched the game-winner. The refs so no foul. So, it goes down in the books as a legitimate loss. For DeAngelo and Flyers fans, maybe not. But in the end, that doesn’t matter.
Kings beat Flyers 4-3 in a controversial way
The Flyers battled the whole game with the LA Kings. James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring in the first period with his eighth goal of the year. But Anze Kopitar, the great LA forward, scored to tie it up a few minutes later. Wade Allison would score to give the Flyers a brief lead, by Kopitar struck again to tie it back up.
In the second period, Rasmus Ristolainen scored his second goal of the season. However, near the end of the period, Samuel Fagemo scored to tie it up at three-three. The score would remain tied for the rest of the game until Fiala ended it just a minute into overtime.
Hart played well. He stopped 34 of 38 shots, although it looks like he really was surprised by that last one. LA’s Pheonix Copley was jumped on as much as Hart was, but made some dazzling saves, 28 in all, to keep the Flyers at bay.
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The Flyers will lick their wounds on the road. They travel north to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Thursday before finishing up with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday for a rematch. They will then be off for a week to enjoy All-Star week festivities and take a much-needed break.