FLYERS BEAT CUP CHAMP AVS: WHY CAN’T THEY BEAT ANYONE ELSE?

By Jenny Masters

This actually happened last night in South Philly:

Tony DeAngelo and Owen Tippett scored power-play goals and the Flyers beat the Stanley Cup champ Colorado Avalanche 5-3.

Tanner Laczynski, Travis Sanheim and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers, who won for just the second time in 14 games (2-9-3). Carter Hart finished with 29 saves.

The Flyers entered converting an NHL-worst 14.1 percent of their power-play chances but went 2 for 3 on the man-advantage.

“Just try to keep it simple,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “Found some shots through traffic.”

On the other end, Philadelphia held the Avalanche’s league-leading power-play unit to 1 for 5.

“Guys were making some really good clears and stopping their pressure,” DeAngelo said.

It looked like the Flyers were on their way to an easy win when Tippett put them up 4-1 with 10:06 remaining. But Rantanen deked through several Flyers before beating Hart with 2:13 left, and Newhook got his second of the contest with 1:37 to play on a wrist shot.

“Bent but didn’t break,” Tortorella said. “It’s not so much letting off the gas. There are just a couple plays at the end that are just dumb plays.”

Colorado took the early lead, but then played from behind throughout.

“I thought our guys played hard,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We made some mistakes, and they seem to capitalize on them tonight. But the conscience of our team was good.”

After Laczynski took a tripping penalty, Newhook needed just 15 seconds of the Colorado man-advantage to score and give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead 3:50 into the contest. MacKinnon passed to Cale Makar, whose shot from long range was deflected by Newhook past Hart.

It was the team-leading 33rd point for MacKinnon, who entered second in the NHL in assists with 25. But MacKinnon left later in the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return, joining a long list of injured Avalanche. He appeared to get hurt on a check by Scott Laughton near the Flyers bench.

“Yeah doesn’t help,” Bednar said. “We’re losing a guy game right now, all impact players for us.”

Sanheim answered a little more than 4 1/2 minutes later with his third of the season on a hard wrist shot from the high slot high over Georgiev’s left shoulder. Rantanen broke his stick on the shift and was hustling to the bench for a replacement when Sanheim scored.

“Obviously, a big goal,” Sanheim said. “I thought we handled it pretty well after that.”

The Flyers scored the only goal in the second period when they outshot Colorado 12-5 as DeAngelo converted a rare Philadelphia power-play goal on a wrist shot from long range 3:59 into the period.

Tippett gave Philadelphia more than one goal on the power play in a game for the first time this season when ended a seven-game points drought with his seventh of the season midway through the third.

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