DeAngelo, Tippett help Flyers beat Avalanche 5-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tony DeAngelo and Owen Tippett scored power-play goals and the Philadelphia Flyers held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Monday night.
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.
Alex Newhook had two goals and Mikko Rantanen also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, who lost another player to injury when leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon was hurt in the first period. Alexandar Georgiev had 29 saves.
Rantanen and Newhook scored 36 seconds apart late in the third period to pull the Avalanche within a goal before Konecny’s empty-netter sealed it for Philadelphia.
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.
NOTES: Avalanche forward Artturi Lehkonen didn’t play after getting hurt in the first period of Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Boston. Among the key players also out for Colorado are Valeri Nichushkin, Evan Rodrigues, Bowen Byram and Josh Manson. Darren Helm and Gabriel Landeskog haven’t played all season. ... Laczynski departed midway through the third period with what looked like a left lower leg injury and didn’t return. … Newhook was drilled by the puck near his left eye by a Makar shot early in the third period. There was blood and bruising, but Newhook remained in the game. ... Laughton had two assists.
Avalanche: Host Boston on Wednesday night.
Flyers: Host Washington on Wednesday night to end a five-game homestand.
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