Flyers vs Sharks: James van Riemsdyk out, John Tortorella scores some extent in loss

Earlier than Sunday night time’s sport, Tony DeAngelo talked about not getting too excessive on a 4-1-0 begin to the season.

“There’s solely 5 video games left, so that basically doesn’t suggest something,” the Flyers defenseman mentioned. “Lots of people undergo five-game stints; I am not a kind of folks. It is a good begin. A ton of room for enchancment, which is an effective factor. So that you’re sitting at 4 -1, however knowingly, plenty of room for enchancment.”

In different phrases, it is a lengthy season and issues can change rapidly on this sport.

The Flyers noticed it with a 3-0 loss to the Sharks on the Wells Fargo Heart. The night time earlier than, the membership beat the Predators to cap a 2-1-0 street journey, which was highlighted by a win from behind over the Lightning.

Coming residence, because the World Collection-bound Phillies partied throughout the road, the Flyers (4-2-0) had been shut out for the primary time this season.

Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny ​​noticed their ice time considerably decreased within the third interval. Neither participant noticed the ice and every completed the sport with lower than 12½ minutes of play.

“I will simply hold it within the room,” John Tortorella mentioned of the reasoning behind each gamers’ bench.

What had been his general impressions of the sport?

“Our complete efficiency sucked,” the top coach mentioned.

The Sharks (2-6-0) earned their first victory in regulation time. San Jose ended issues on an empty-netter with 3:54 minutes left.

• Tortorella was clearly attempting to attain some extent by not taking part in Hayes and Konecny ​​within the remaining stanza.

They had been two of the Flyers’ finest gamers. Hayes had eight factors in 5 video games, whereas Konecny ​​had 4 targets.

Seating them is not nearly these two gamers. It is all about setting an instance to your finest gamers.

This might be Tortorella’s motive, that if somebody would not play the proper approach, they’ll sit down. Even the must-have guys who performed properly.

“We weren’t taking part in properly sufficient,” Konecny ​​mentioned. “I used to be on [the ice] for each targets.

• The Flyers had been nearly 1-0 up within the second interval because of a purpose from Joel Farabee. Nevertheless, Sharks head coach David Quinn disputed the purpose, saying the Flyers had been offside. The sport was really offside, which resulted in Farabee’s purpose being disallowed.

The Tortorella membership appeared to lose momentum, and a struggling San Jose crew discovered life.

Greater than two minutes later, the Sharks took a 1-0 lead because of a purpose from Erik Karlsson. Then, with 1:31 left within the center body, Steven Lorentz redirected a shot previous Felix Sandstrom to increase San Jose’s result in 2-0.

The Flyers had solely two powerplay alternatives, together with one within the third interval, however could not reap the benefits of them.

“Our file continues to be fairly good,” Konecny ​​mentioned. “We labored onerous. Clearly we do not need to lose like that. I do not assume that modifications every thing, we’re nonetheless an excellent hockey crew, we are going to nonetheless bounce again, we are going to play onerous each night time.

“It positively wasn’t a mirrored image of how we play our sport. I feel within the third interval it was extra our model, we had been coming in, getting pucks and dealing onerous. So if there’s one factor you may take away from that, it is the third one.”

• The membership misplaced James van Riemsdyk with lower than seven minutes remaining within the first half.

The large winger blocked a shot and could not get again into the sport. There was no fast phrase on his standing. Tortorella did not have a post-match replace.

Dropping van Riemsdyk for any interval could be expensive for the Flyers. They’re already with out Cam Atkinson (higher physique) and Owen Tippett (higher physique) on the wing. Atkinson has but to make his season debut and Tippett was injured within the first half of the season.

Van Riemsdyk began Sunday with 5 factors (two targets, three assists) and a plus-5 ranking in 5 video games.

Together with Atkinson and Tippett, defender Rasmus Ristolainen (decrease physique) was absent.

Flyers lose James van Riemsdyk to harm, cleared by Sharks, 3-0

• In his second begin of the season, Sandstrom made 22 saves on 24 photographs.

Carter Hart made 31 saves Saturday night time in Nashville, Tennessee, leading the Flyers to a 3-1 victory.

“I am not going to belief the great week they’d earlier than the sport tonight,” mentioned Tortorella, acknowledging his crew’s optimistic journey. “We can’t see them tomorrow (relaxation day), we’ll have just a few good days of coaching and we’ll come again to that.”

Sharks goaltender James Reimer stopped 30 Flyers photographs for the shutout.

• Oskar Lindblom, a beloved and admired participant in Philadelphia, returned to the Wells Fargo Heart for the primary time as a customer.

The Swedish winger has turn out to be beloved within the metropolis amid his brave battle with most cancers. Lindblom noticed his life and profession change dramatically in December 2019, when he was recognized with Ewing’s sarcoma, a uncommon type of most cancers that arises in bones or within the tender tissues round bones.

He missed the remainder of the 2019-20 common season as he fought for his life. After finishing his radiation remedies in July 2020, he remarkably returned to the Flyers roster for 2 video games within the Stanley Cup Playoffs in September.

Lindblom, a fifth-round decide in 2014 who turned a hard-hitting participant, had the ultimate yr of his three-year contract purchased out by the Flyers in July. He performed 5 years in Philadelphia.

Throughout a first-period stoppage, the Flyers performed a Lindblom tribute video on the Jumbotron. The 26-year-old acquired a standing ovation from the followers as he waved to the gang and his former teammates.

• The Flyers have three days till their subsequent sport. They host the Panthers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Florida handed the Flyers their different loss, a 4-3 decision last Wednesday.

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