5 Observations; Philly wins Ugly Behind Hart to climb to first place

It was Throwback Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center as the Philadelphia Flyers paid tribute to their teams from the 1960s and 1970s with videos, appearances by former players and music that had understandable lyrics. (Damn, I sound old.)

On the ice, the Flyers looked like a version of the 1969-70 team (17 wins in 76 games) in the opening 20 minutes, as they allowed a season-high 19 shots in that span and were outplayed and booed.

But they recovered and cashed in their few chances against Sergej Bobrovsky.

Finals: Flyers 4, Florida Panthers 3.


The Flyers (5-2) are in first place. The Flyers are in first place. The Flyers are in first place.

They took their first lead in the Metropolitan Division, despite being outshot, 51-22.

Replay: 51-22.

Carter Hart made a career-high 48 saves to spark the Flyers, who have made four of their five comeback wins. Philly also got nine blocks from revived defenseman Ivan Provorov (plus-2).

Florida made it 4-3 when Brandon Montour scored on a power play 36 seconds into the third period. But Hart was amazing the rest of the way.

Here are five quick observations.

1. Travis Konecny ​​​​and Kevin Hayes played well in their first game since the third period Sunday.

With two great passes, Konečný scored the goals in the first period, and Hayes also had a pair of helpers. They were on the line with Joel Farabee (goal, assist).

2. Carter Hart bounced back from a rough first period.

Hart was one of the best goaltenders in the NHL at the start of the season, but he will not be on his main plate for the first eight minutes on Thursday.

Struggling with the puck and disorienting, he allowed Gustav Forsling’s shot to fly wide before giving up a fat rebound that Josh Mahura put in from a difficult angle.

Hart entered the night among the NHL leaders in wins (4), GAA (1.75) and save percentage (.949).

To his credit, Hart rebounded and finished with 47 saves on 50 shots. Florida had a shooting lane in the final part of the third period.

3. Philly has been good in the second period so far. Candid.

A year ago, the Flyers often collapsed in the second period and did not recover. They were outscored 103:71 in the second.

In a small sample size, the revival has occurred through seven games so far this season. The Philadelphia Flyers outscored their opponents 8-4 in the second. On Thursday, they took a 4-2 lead into a 2-0 second period.

Zack MacEwen (tip on shot by Nick Seeler) and Joel Farabee scored 1-12 to tie the game at 2-2.

4. Right wing Owen Tippett and defender Rasmus Ristolainen shake off the rust.

Both returned from injury. Ristolainen played for the first time this season, while Tippett returned for the first time since the opener. Both had uneventful first periods, but improved as the match progressed.

Tippett contributed an assist and Ristolainen had some big hits.

5. You won’t see a better goal than the one scored by Tony DeAngelo.

A slick pass from Farabee and Konečny led to DeAngelo’s second goal of the season, tying the score at 1-1 with 13:19 left in the first. Konečný took a pass from Farabe and backhanded it to DeAngelo (four blocks, seven shots), who had an open net from the left circle.


Defenseman Justin Braun was hit by the puck early in the third period and went to the locker room for treatment. After about five minutes he returned to the ice. … Nick Deslauriers had six hits for the Flyers. … The Flyers played with seven defensemen. … Philly had 29 blocked shots. … The Panthers beat the Flyers 4-3 on Oct. 19. … Flyers host Carolina on Saturday.

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