Atkinson's hat trick leads Flyers to 6-1 victory over Devils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cam Atkinson had three goals and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Travis Sanheim and Oskar Lindblom each had a goal and an assist, and Justin Braun also scored for the Flyers, who won their third game in a row after losing 10 straight. Philadelphia improved to 3-2 under interim coach Mike Yeo, who took over Dec. 6 when Alain Vigneault was fired. P.K.Travis Sanheim and Oskar Lindblom each had a goal and an assist, and Justin Braun also scored for the Flyers, who won their third game in a row after losing 10 straight. Philadelphia improved to 3-2 under interim coach Mike Yeo, who took over Dec. 6 when Alain Vigneault was fired.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tomas Hertl completed his hat trick 24 seconds into overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. © Provided by The Canadian Press
Brent Burns assisted all three goals and Timo Meier had two assists for the Sharks, who ended a four-game road trip 2-2. Adin Hill stopped 29 shots.
James van Riemsdyk scored both goals for Philadelphia, which has lost five in a row. Martin Jones had 44 saves.
In the extra period, Hertl beat Jones on a 2-on-1 in which he elected to shoot for for his team-leading 20th goal, giving him 18 points (12 goals, six assists) over the last 12 games. He also had the winner in overtime in the Sharks’ 3-2 home victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 30.
Further damper for sharks: The Cologne lose 1: 4 against the penguins
in the race around the front places of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) Cologne Haie conceded the next sensitive damper. Against the penguins from Bremerhaven there was a deserved 1: 4 (0: 0.1: 2.0: 2) defeat in the empty LANXESS arena. © www.ksta.t. Torloser first game section Thanks to Tomas Pöpperle Already in the first third, it became clear that ten defeats from the last twelve playing at the KEC.
“Nice to see I can help the team,” Hertl said.
The Flyers continued to play without key players due to COVID-19 protocols and injury. Captain Claude Giroux, forward Travis Konecny and defensemen Travis Sanheim and Ivan Provorov sat out because of health and safety protocols.
San Jose was missing captain Logan Couture and center Nick Bonino for the same reason.
“I’m very proud of those guys,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “There’s a lot of reasons, excuses – every team’s got them: injuries, COVID, the way road trip started. We finished on a positive note. A lot of guys played well; we needed 20 guys tonight.”
Boughner said Hertl provided a boost with more than just his scoring.
“What I loved is even when we got down 2-0, he took a huge leadership role (saying), ‘We’re still in this, we got this, let’s keep working,’” Boughner said. “He was pretty inspirational.”
Sharks end two-game skid with 3-2 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Adin Hill made 37 saves, Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks ended a two-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Matt Neito and Timo Meier also scored for San Jose, playing the third game of a four-game trip. The short-handed Sharks turned in a strong defensive performance after allowing a total of 14 goals in consecutive losses and 28 in five games. “We came together,”Matt Neito and Timo Meier also scored for San Jose, playing the third game of a four-game trip. The short-handed Sharks turned in a strong defensive performance after allowing a total of 14 goals in consecutive losses and 28 in five games.
The Flyers started backup goalie Jones against his former team. The Sharks bought out the final three years of Jones’ contract over the summer after three subpar seasons in which he had an .896 save percentage. Jones won 170 games in six seasons in San Jose and in 2016 helped the club reach their only Stanley Cup final.
“I think it’s always special to play against your former team,” Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said before the game. “He obviously played a lot of really good hockey for that organization. Those things happen in this business, we’re all aware of that. At the same time, there is a sense of pride going up against your former team.”
Jones stopped the first 35 Sharks shots before they scored three in the final 12:37 of regulation and OT.
“It doesn’t feel very good that we lost; that’s it,” he said.
Van Riemsdyk broke the scoreless tie 1:06 into the third. He chipped the puck past Marc-Edouard Vlasic near center ice, raced into the offensive zone and then fired a wrist shot past Hill’s glove side for his eighth of the season.
Bobby Clarke blames Ron Hextall for basically everything wrong with Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers franchise icon and senior advisor Bobby Clarke has always run his mouth at an elite rate, and on Tuesday he flexed those chops once again while utterly crushing former GM Ron Hextall. On the latest episode of the Cam and Strick Podcast, Clarke blamed Hextall, who held the team's general manager position for a little over three seasons, for essentially everything wrong with the current roster. He pinned the somewhat miserable state of the franchise on Hextall's "huge mistakes" which, Clarke says, included some very questionable trades and draft choices, including the big one — passing on superstar defenseman Cale Makar.
Philadelphia went up two goals with 13:13 remaining in regulation when van Riemsdyk got credited for his second. Cam York took a shot from the point that deflected off van Riemsdyk high into the air and then off Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro and over the goal line. York, playing in his sixth career game, earned his first NHL point.
After Jones turned away the first 35 San Jose shots, Hertl got the Sharks on the board a minute later, finishing from close range after a pass from Meier. And Hertl tied it with a backhander from in front of the crease with 5:31 left in the third.
“You see in the third period when the game’s on the line and things are tense, that’s when your habits come out,” Yeo said. “And I thought that’s when a lot of our bad habits came out.”
Earlier on Saturday, San Jose placed forward Evander Kane on unconditional waivers with the intent to terminate the remainder of his $49 million, seven-year contract. The Sharks said that they made the move because Kane violated COVID-19 protocols in the AHL where he is currently playing for the Barracuda.
All-Stars Kreider, Fox lead Rangers past Flyers 3-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Kreider scored with 6:30 left, fellow All-Star Adam Fox had two assists and the New York Rangers beat the slumping Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Saturday night. Mika Zibanejad and Filip Chytil also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers, who have won six of eight. “I was really proud of our group tonight,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We competed, we played well and everybody chipped in.” Oskar Lindblom and Cam York scored for the Flyers, who dropped their seventh straight. Carter Hart made 24 saves.
The 30-year-old Kane had 22 goals and 22 assists in 56 games last season for the Sharks. Kane also has played for the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise and Buffalo since being drafted by the Thrashers fourth overall in 2009. Kane has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games.
“For a head coach would you want maybe your best offensive player in the lineup? Of course,” Boughner said. “But I understand the situation. Am I disappointed for him personally? Yeah, it would be like that for anybody. For me it’s just business as usual. I can’t focus on it, I can’t dwell on it. Concentrate on what we have, not what we don’t have.”
The Flyers traditionally draw one of the top crowds in the NHL, but the Wells Fargo Center was only about half-full of the 19,500 capacity. The Philadelphia Eagles also were hosting the Dallas Cowboys across the street at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, creating a challenging traffic and parking situation for fans.
Normally, the Wells Fargo Center lot is used for Eagles parking but it was reserved only for fans with Flyers tickets. Still, many Flyers fans apparently stayed home to avoid traffic and parking issues.
Sharks: D Erik Karlsson (upper body) missed his second straight contest. … Couture sat for the third straight game while Bonino missed his first. … G James Reimer (lower body), D Jacob Middleton (upper body) and D Radim Simek (lower body) also didn’t play. … Jonah Gadjovich (upper body) was injured in the first period and didn’t return.
Flyers: Giroux and Provorov have missed three in a row while Sanheim and Konecny have sat for two straight. … Derick Brassard (hip) was back out of the lineup after playing in Thursday’s 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh. Prior to Thursday’s contest, Brassard had last played on Dec. 8 due to the hip injury. Yeo said Brassard is day-to-day. … D Nick Seeler returned from health and safety protocols.
Sharks: Host Detroit on Tuesday night to open a four-game homestand.
Flyers: Host Carolina on Tuesday night.
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Meier scores franchise-record 5 goals as Sharks rout Kings .
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Timo Meier added a historic chapter to what’s already been a special season for him, setting San Jose's franchise record with five goals in a game. The Sharks used a huge first period — including Meier's hat trick — to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on Monday. “It’s very special, I almost can’t even describe it,” the 25-year-old Meier said. “It’s a goosebump feeling.” A sixth-year winger who made his first All-Star team this season, Meier's fourth goal came less than two minutes into the second period and broke the Sharks’ record with his fifth just 27 seconds before the second intermission.