John Tortorella said the Flyers wouldn’t forget the win in their rebuilding process.
“Because you don’t teach your young players the right way to play if you’re not trying to win,” the head coach said Friday.
Well, the Flyers have been trying to win, making it five straight wins, the latest of which was a 5-2 decision against the Blue Jackets on Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
A day after beating the defending champion Golden Knights 4-3 in overtime, the Flyers did a little bit of everything against Columbus. They scored three goals at even strength, one on the power play and the other on shorthand.
Ryan Poehling (one goal, two assists), Joel Farabee (one goal, one assist), Cam York (one goal, one assist) and Sean Walker (two assists) all had multi-point performances.
Travis Konecny delivered the dagger in the third period with his eleventh goal of the season. York completed the scoring with an empty-netter.
The Flyers (10-7-1) have outscored their opponents 22-11 in their five-game series and have yet to trail.
“I think we had trouble managing some games early,” Tortorella said. “The way I look at it, I think as a coach you say to yourself, ‘Maybe they’ve learned their lessons.’ It’s not like we’re setting things up on how to manage games. It’s a mentality when you’re in those momentum swings during a game. It’s not something you can call a timeout and set up. So hopefully they feel more and more comfortable to sit in and try to get on the right side.”
The streak marks the first time the Flyers have won five or more games in a row since the 2019-20 season, the last time they made the playoffs.
“All I try to do with the coaching staff and the club is try to be consistent every day,” Tortorella said. “And I think everything takes care of itself. Just a few weeks ago we were struggling, finding ways to lose games. Now we’re finding ways to win games. In a long season it’s the ebbs and flows, it’s how you treat those things. I’m happy for them.’
In his return to Philadelphia, Ivan Provorov finished with an assist and a plus-1 rating for the Blue Jackets (4-11-4).
Columbus has lost nine in a row, six of them by one goal.
• Farabee, Poehling and Bobby Brink, all on the same page, gave the Flyers a youthful night on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Farabee opened the scoring with a nice backhand shot in the first period. The Flyers improved to 10-1-0 in games where they scored first.
The 24-year-old Poehling continued to play in a more attacking role. His goal on the penalty kick cut the Flyers’ lead to 3-1 in the second period.
“I think Torts will always be honest with you, right?” said Poehling. “I appreciate that, so even when I got hurt, he told me to just hang in there. It was good to have his confidence like that and produce like I did.”
York, 22, also had a great night at the back.
• Brink rewarded Tortorella for his decision to put the 22-year-old back in the lineup.
After three consecutive healthy scratches, Brink gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead just 1:11 minutes into the second period. He fired in a power-play goal, giving him nine points (four goals, five assists) in 14 games this season.
“I have to bring Bobby in, but I have to find a better time than when I think about the team,” Tortorella said after training on Friday.
By calling Brink’s number, Tortorella made Morgan Frost a healthy scratch. It had to be a tough task for Frost. He had four points (two goals, two assists) and a plus-3 rating in four games back from his previous healthy zero. Despite going scoreless on Saturday, the 24-year-old center blocked four shots in the Flyers’ victory.
So far this season, Frost has played 10 games and played eight games.
John Tortorella spoke to the media after the Flyers’ 5-2 victory over the Blue Jackets, the team’s fifth consecutive victory.
• Samuel Ersson picked up his second consecutive victory by making 20 saves.
“For me, getting a few wins gives me more confidence in my game and how I play,” the 24-year-old said.
Alexandre Texier tied the game in the first period before Brink quickly put the Flyers back in front in the middle stanza.
Boone Jenner’s goal came with 2:03 minutes left in the second period. There was a lot of chaos in front of the net.
Blue Jackets backup Spencer Martin stopped 21 of the Flyers’ 25 shots.
• The Flyers’ power play went 3 for 8 this weekend after going 4 for 53 this season.
• After playing seven seasons in Philadelphia, Provorov returned to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time as a visitor.
With the Flyers, Provorov played in 532 of the total 535 games. He had high hopes for him as a 19-year-old rookie after being drafted seventh overall in 2015. As the Flyers found themselves in the midst of a rebuild over the past three seasons, Provorov became the first rotation player of Danny Briere’s offseason work this summer.
“When you get drafted and spend a long time with a team, you don’t really see yourself playing with anyone else, especially if you take your business seriously and all that,” the 26-year-old defender said before Sunday’s match. game. “But obviously the last few years haven’t gone the way everyone wanted, so at the same time it’s been disappointing. But on the other hand, it’s been exciting to have a new team that’s excited to have you and excited. ” to give you the opportunity to show who you are as a player.”
Provorov’s assist on Jenner’s goal cut the Flyers’ lead to 3-2 at the second intermission.
• Despite being cleared to return Friday after an upper-body injury, veteran defenseman Marc Staal remained out of the lineup this weekend.
• The Flyers practice Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET in Voorhees, New Jersey, before visiting the Islanders on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
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