By Jenny Masters
Sean Couturier scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken.
Scott Laughton and Ryan Poehling also scored for the Flyers, who have won all three of their games since the All-Star break. Philadelphia entered the break on a five-game losing streak.
The Flyers held the Kraken to just two shots in the third period and 19 for the contest.
“I just like how we kept on building in our game,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said.
Cal Petersen, making just his third start of the season, stopped 17 shots for the Flyers. Petersen assumed the backup role to Sam Ersson after Carter Hart took an indefinite leave of absence on Jan. 23. Hart is one of five players from Canada’s 2018 world junior team who have been charged with sexual assault in Ontario.
Couturier broke a 2-all tie with 14:30 remaining when he deflected Travis Sanheim’s shot from the point past Kraken goalie Joey Daccord, who finished with 35 saves.
“Just a simple play,” Couturier said. “Get pucks to the net. I got the bounce there. Good, big goal.”
Laughton, elevated to the power play on Saturday morning, gave Philadelphia to a 1-0 lead with a one-timed slap shot 4:36 into the contest. It was a rare power-play goal for the Flyers, who entered second-from-last in the NHL by converting on just 13% of their chances. The goal snapped a string of 11 straight opportunities on the man-advantage without a goal.
“Huge goal for us,” Tortorella said.
Seattle evened the score with 2:51 left in the period when Tatar fired a wrist shot from the slot past Petersen’s blocker side. Tortorella challenged the goal for a potential offsides by the Kraken, but the officials upheld the goal after a video review.
The Flyers answered when Poehling scored Philadelphia’s 12th short-handed goal of the season for a 2-1 lead with 1:46 left in the period. Philadelphia entered tied with Dallas for most short-handed goals in the league. Poehling’s wrist shot from a sharp angle slid under Daccord’s pads.