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Flyers vs. Blues: Attack comes alive in 5-1 win over St. Louis

Flyers vs. Blues: Attack comes alive in 5-1 win over St. Louis

After scoring just four goals in their previous three games, the Flyers flexed some offensive muscle Tuesday night in a 5-1 win over the Blues at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wade Allison, Travis Konecny, Noah Cates, Lukas Sedlak and Owen Tippett found the back of the net for the Flyers.

In the third period, Sedlak answered the only goal of St. Louis just 1:22 minutes after Ryan O’Reilly gave the Blues life.

Tippett scored late.

The Flyers (7-3-2) were without Carter Hart, who was slated to start though he missed the game due to illness.

Eleven Flyers finished with at least one point. Konecny, Cates and Tippett all had two-point performances.

“There’s a lot of things to work on, but the last two games, I think it’s probably been, out of all the games in the top dozen, probably two of our games that we’ve played as a team,” John Tortorella said. said “And we’re not just relying on one or two guys, especially our goaltenders. Maybe we’re taking steps in the right direction.”

The Blues (3-8-0) are reeling, having lost eight in a row, all in regulation. The pressure is on for former Flyers head coach Craig Berube.

Despite being a talk-it-yourself type of manager, Tortorella admitted that a point of emphasis in his club’s pre-match meeting would be not to underestimate the Blues. The Flyers are in no position to do that, especially against a team that has made the playoffs the past four seasons and won the 2019 Stanley Cup.

“This is a very good St. Louis team,” the Flyers head coach said in the morning. “Craig Berube is a very good coach. It’s a tough team.”

The Blues couldn’t hit Philadelphia after playing Boston the night before.

• The Flyers’ scoring concerns had begun to come into focus over the past three games. Their last confrontation, they beat the Senators, 2-1, to stop a three-game skid.

“It’s a dogfight for us every night because we’re not going to stuff the net,” Tortorella said Monday. “I appreciate how they all handled themselves — scrapping, biting, doing everything they could.

“We’re just not deep in guys with offensive ability. Let’s be honest.”

They got things going offensively on Tuesday night. They scored three goals at the second break. All three made it to center frame.

Cates scored on a 4-on-4 with three seconds left in the period. Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton set it up with great pressure.

Allison was rewarded for going to the net and working hard around the paint to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Konecny ​​added to it with a deceptive shot.

This was one of the Flyers’ best offensive games this season and much of it was fueled by hard work. It’s a cliché, but playing hard has kept them in games.

“Guys are starting to have some belief in the room,” Laughton said Monday. “The way we’re going together, it might not always be pretty, but I think it’s a complete 180 from the last couple of years where it’s been a lot different.”

• Felix Sandstrom had been in some tough spots, which is the job of a backup. His first three starts came in the second game of a back-to-back. In this second game, one team’s skaters may be a little more tired in front of the goalie.

Sandstrom stepped in for Hart on Tuesday and picked up his first career win. He stopped 28 of the Blues’ 29 shots.

The substitute goalkeeper of St. Louis Thomas Greiss made 30 saves on 35 shots for the Flyers.

• Tippett has been very, very good since returning from his head injury. The 23-year-old looks like one of the Flyers’ best forwards.

“There aren’t many players like him,” Konecny ​​said. “He can move, he can handle the puck, he can shoot the puck really well. He’s going to keep working on his game, I think we’re going to keep pumping him up with confidence. He’s a good player, he’s very effective for us. He showed that tonight “.

• After making a healthy scratch in Ottawa, Ont., Rasmus Ristolainen was back in the lineup.

Tortorella was candid about the game and expectations for the hard-hitting defenseman.

“Well, he just hasn’t met them,” he said Monday. “I think he’s got to play better. I’m not going to get too deep into it. I don’t think he’s played well enough. … In his whole game, I think he’s got to be better.”

Ristolainen was much better. He blocked two big shots in one shift in the first period.

How painful was that sequence?

“I felt really good,” Ristolainen said. “Take the blood.”

He finished with three hits, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating.

The 28-year-old is just five games into the season after returning from a lower-body injury. Some patience should be required.

• Nick Seeler and Zack MacEwen dropped the gloves with a blue in a span of 51 seconds early in the first period.

Seeler took legitimate hits on former Flyer Brayden Schenn.

The bout between MacEwen and Robert Bortuzzo was a draw. Both players lost their balance and collided on the ice.

• For the first time this season, the Flyers donned their 2022-23 Reverse Retro jersey and, yes, rocked those Cooperalls in the warm-ups.

• The Flyers are scheduled to practice Wednesday in Voorhees, New Jersey, before heading to Columbus, Ohio, for a matchup with the Blue Jackets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Tortorella’s previous head coaching gig was with Columbus. He managed the Blue Jackets for six seasons from 2015 to 2021.

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