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Flyers Sweep Three-Game Road Trip, Defeat Blues, 4-2



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Owen Tippett scored a Goal of the Year contender for the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. (Photo: AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers, led by Owen Tippett and Scott Laughton, are now winners of four straight after their 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MS on Monday night.

No Sean Couturier, no problem for the Flyers. The veteran center missed his second consecutive game through injury, which allowed Noah Cates to return to the lineup and be activated from IR after missing the last 22 games with a broken foot. In his return, Cates logged 12:14 of ice time, winning three of his four faceoffs and firing two shots on goal.

Laughton, pressed into No. 1 center duty with Couturier on the shelf, opened the scoring for the Flyers just over a minute into the second period, emphatically thrashing home a rebound from the right circle. This was just the fourth goal of the year for Laughton and his first in the last 10 games. This comes one game after Cam Atkinson scored two goals to snap his own 26-game scoring drought. For the Flyers, that is the way to play at this time of the year; getting contributions from everybody at the right times.

The same was true later in the period when Ryan Poehling did his best Bryson Stott impression, using his backhand to whack an airborne puck off a Blues defender and into the net for the Flyers’ second goal with seven seconds to go. Poehling’s goal was a timely response to the Blues’ fluky goal, as they had scored on their own strange bounce through Oskar Sundqvist just over a minute prior. Thus, the Flyers deservedly carried a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

It quickly evaporated, though, as Brandon Saad’s shot off the rush surprised Carter Hart and knotted things up once again. Both teams would trade chances back-and-forth before Tippett’s Goal of the Year contender stole the lead back for the Flyers, once and for all. See for yourselves!

Joel Farabee would deposit his 15th goal of the year into the empty net to seal the deal, wrapping up the Flyers’ fourth consecutive win. Ten different Flyers recorded a point on Monday night, a testament to a true team effort that was required of them throughout the whole trip, but especially in the last two games without Couturier and Jamie Drysdale.

The Flyers return home to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to host the visiting Dallas Stars at 7 p.m.

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