February 6, 2023

Flyers make history on West Coast

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Samuel Ersson (33) celebrates with teammates after the Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. The Flyers won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

What a great road trip for the Flyers and Samuel Ersson.

After being pulled and brought back in against the Hurricanes in the last game before the break, he was able to help the team win, for the first time in franchise history, all the games in the California road trip.

Yes, Ersson played well, and he was calm during the games (per Torts), but the team played well in front of him. The young guys for the Flyers are producing. Morgan Frost is playing well in the past few games and is finding ways to score goals and help the offense. It’s the same thing for Owen Tippett, he is showing that he can be a top 6 for the Flyers. Also, a player like Noah Cates who didn’t score a goal since early November scored a big goal against the Kings. Although, Cates is also helping the team in way more aspects of the game. He is playing a simple game, winning puck battles, and playing well defensively. Some veterans are also stepping up, and TK is playing his best hockey of his career. He is helping the team on the PP, the PK, and at 5 on 5. Laughton brings a lot of leadership and plays as an example for the young players.

With some players stepping up their game recently, the Flyers will have an opportunity against the Yotes to extend their winning streak to 4 and to keep the momentum from California. As Torts said, a lot of fans want the team to Tank to have a chance at Bedard but that’s not the mentality any player will have. The players want to win every game. Talking about a season turnaround isn’t the plan at all, but with a lot of hockey left, we may be able to see a more competitive team the rest of the way.

On Thursday Carter Hart came back after getting hurt against the Hurricanes the game before the break. The Flyers continued their winning streak with a 6-2 win.  

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