By Julie Glass
The Flyers’ nightmare of a season continued yesterday at the Wells as they lost in overtime 3-2 to Calgary and fell deeper into last place in the Matro with 36 points.
TJ Brodie scored 1 minute, 59 seconds into overtime after Matthew Tkachuk tied it with 4:17 left in regulation.
Tkachuk assisted on the winner in the 3-on-3 extra session.
Jordan Weal turned the puck over in the Flyers offensive zone to set up a 2-on-1 break. Tkachuk sent a cross-ice pass to Brodie, who beat goalie Carter Hart to lift the Pacific Division leaders to the win.
Travis Sanheim and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who dropped their season-worst sixth straight game. The Flyers are in last place in the Metropolitan Division; they entered tied with Los Angeles and Ottawa for the fewest points in the league.
It has been a forgettable season for the Flyers, who already have replaced their general manager and coach.
“It’s tough because we’re playing good hockey,” Konecny said. “It just seems like teams are just scoring on the one opportunity that they’re getting. It usually doesn’t go that way, but that’s just the way it’s going for us right now.”
Tkachuk tied it with 4:17 left in regulation when he beat Hart past the right pad with a wrist shot from the slot.
Konecny had given Philly a third-period lead, taking advantage of a mistake by Rittich to put the Flyers ahead 2-1 at 5:57 of the period. With Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux applying pressure on defenseman Rasmus Andersson, Rittich came way out of his crease to play the puck.
Konecny intercepted Rittich’s clearing attempt, and then fired a wrist shot from the left circle past the retreating Flames goalie for his 10th of the season.
The victory was a sigh of relief for the Flames goalie.
“I made a mistake that almost cost us the game, so I was happy,” he said.
Asked if he spoke to Tkachuk after the tying goal, Rittich said, “Yeah. `Thanks bro, I love you.”
Gaudreau tied it at 1 with a pretty wrist shot from the right circle that whizzed over Hart’s left shoulder during 4-on-4 play in the second period.
The 20-year-old Hart returned to the net after Michal Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury in Philadelphia’s 5-3 home loss to Carolina on Thursday, continuing the Flyers goalie carousel.
The rookie was solid, if not spectacular, and couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals.
“I was seeing the puck,” he said. “I felt comfortable. I wasn’t overthinking things and just stuck to my game.”
Hart, who made 29 saves, dropped to 2-4.
Veteran journeyman Mike McKenna was signed on Friday to back up Hart, who was making his sixth career start. If McKenna dresses for the Flyers, he would become the seventh goalie to suit up and that would tie an NHL record.
Sanheim got the Flyers on the board with a power-play goal with 7:50 left in the first period. His pass, which was intended for Weal in front of the net, caromed off the skate of Brodie and over the right shoulder of Rittich.
Rittich returned after missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury and made 32 saves.