A talking-to? Dave Hakstol still teaching, Travis Konecny still learning

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A talking-to? Dave Hakstol still teaching, Travis Konecny still learning

Sitting on the ice right by the end boards, Travis Konecny slammed his broken stick in anger, the victim of a physical play during the final minute of the second period.

After methodically getting back up on his skates and fetching a new stick, Konecny wasted no time channeling that frustration into a massive hit on Jets 19-year-old star Patrik Laine.

Konecny, all of 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, laying out Laine, a 6-5, 206-pound stud.

And boom, that's the energy and feistiness any coach would love.

But when Konecny committed a costly and ill-timed tripping penalty nearly midway through the third period Saturday, he never saw the ice again. The Flyers were leading, 2-0, and looking to close out arguably the most lethal power-play team in the NHL. Laine scored 32 seconds later and Konecny watched the rest of the way as the Flyers survived for a desperate 2-1 win (see observations).

Moments after the final buzzer sounded, Hakstol was seen talking to Konecny in the Flyers' dressing room. Given Hakstol's guardedness, it was surprising the scene ever made the light of day.

"I guess you guys beat me into the room tonight," Hakstol said with a slight laugh, "so that's just how it is.

"I won't get into my conversation with him a whole lot. There are a lot of those conversations that go on with individual players."

Was it a reminder to harness that aggression?

"It's all in the situation. T.K., he's a huge part of our team. That energy that he plays with, he's always got to be on the line," Hakstol said. "Tough part, this time of year, is navigating not going over that line. The penalty was obviously not good timing and something that can't happen, and he knows that. But he's a huge part of our team and unfortunately, we didn't get the kill on that one.

"But this time of year, little things make a difference. I don't want T.K. to change his game at all. There are a couple little adjustments he has to make in the third period, nothing more."

Sounds like a good ole teaching moment for a 20-year-old that has ridden nothing but highs since late December (27 points in 32 games). While Konecny has blossomed in his second season, it doesn't mean he's exempt from a coach's lesson.

Konecny, who committed two of the team's four penalties, said the tripping wasn't a matter of becoming too free from his success.

"I don't think I've played perfect every night," Konecny said. "He stepped on my stick. It's not like it's too loose, it's just a fluke thing."

As for what was said between player and coach …

"That's just between him and I," Konecny said. "Not going to comment."

And the discussion should be the end of something that really wasn't much.

"You guys are a little bit focused on the penalty that he took," Hakstol said, "but there are just little parts of the game that, at this time of the year, get ramped up — and it's not just him, it's our entire team."

Maybe it's the mask? Mrazek brilliant in win

Maybe it's the mask? Mrazek brilliant in win


Following a last-minute heartbreaker in Boston, the Flyers responded as well as you could have asked by beating the Jets, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

Against one of the hotter teams in the NHL, the Flyers (35-23-11) snapped a five-game losing streak to right the ship a bit after a sudden 0-4-1 start to March.

Claude Giroux and Andrew MacDonald both scored even-strength goals, while Petr Mrazek, with a little more rest and wearing his new mask, was sharp in net when the Flyers really needed him.

The Flyers gutted the game out late when Winnipeg pulled the goalie for an extra man.

The Jets (41-18-9) had won nine of their last 11 games. However, the Flyers have not surrendered a win to Winnipeg in Philadelphia since January 2012.

With 13 games to play, the Flyers are in a second-place tie (for now) with the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. They sit four points up on the Blue Jackets and five ahead of the Devils.

Washington plays the Sharks today, Columbus is back in action Monday and New Jersey visits the Predators tonight (see results).

• Giroux opened the game's scoring in the second period with a pretty snipe from the circle, his 24th goal of the season. Giroux, who is four points shy of passing Eric Lindros (659 points) as the franchise's fifth all-time leading scorer, has 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in his last 16 games.

• MacDonald handed the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the second period after a delayed video review by the officials showed his shot crossed the goal line.

• Mrazek, who was 0-3-1 with a 4.42 goals-against average in his last four games, was excellent. He made a timely glove stab on Patrik Laine during the first and also quelled a shorthanded opportunity in the second. He finished with 26 saves and had no chance on his only goal allowed.

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots. Steve Mason (lower-body injury) did not suit up in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center.

• Travis Konecny sure is feisty for 5-foot-10, 175 pounds. He was furious after taking a few shots along the boards, then seconds later laid out the 6-5, 206-pound Laine. Overall, Konecny took two of the Flyers' four penalties (see story).

• The Flyers weren't terrible in the discipline department, but they weren't well behaved either, which is key against the Jets. Laine came in leading the NHL with 17 man-advantage goals, while Blake Wheeler had the most power-play assists with 28. The Flyers held Winnipeg's No. 2-ranked power play to 1 for 4. Laine scored on a nasty blast in the third period, cutting the Flyers' lead to 2-1.

• While the penalty kill was successful, the Flyers' power play stayed stuck in the mud. It looked out of sorts and finished 0 for 2, dropping to 2 for its last 26.

• Called up Friday night under emergency conditions (see story), rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim played well in his first game since Jan. 13. Sanheim showed his offensive upside with a nice stretch pass and also broke up a potential rush by the Jets. He was strong.

• Sean Couturier has gone 11 games without a goal. He needs one more tally for 30 on the season.

• Jordan Weal, Taylor Leier and Dale Weise were healthy scratches for a second straight game, while Matt Read played his second in a row.

The Jets were without 51-point center Mark Scheifele (upper-body injury).

• The Flyers on Monday night welcome the Pacific-leading Golden Knights for their first-ever trip to the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m./NBCSP). The Flyers won the first-ever matchup, a 4-1 decision in Vegas on Feb. 11.

A look at why Sanheim is back, but maybe not for long

A look at why Sanheim is back, but maybe not for long

In comes one rookie defenseman, but out goes the other.

The reason for Travis Sanheim's recall Friday night under emergency conditions is because Robert Hagg will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury, while Johnny Oduya is out Saturday and day to day with a lower-body injury, as well.

So, the 21-year-old Sanheim is back and will play his first game since Jan. 13 as the Flyers host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

How long Sanheim stays is in question, though.

When the 36-year-old Oduya, claimed off waivers Feb. 26, is healthy enough to play, it's presumed he'll enter the lineup. The Flyers will then have to make a decision on Sanheim because he's here on emergency loan and they also won't like the 2014 first-round pick sitting as the seventh defenseman.

That's the reason why Sanheim had been with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley since Jan. 22 — so he could play and develop. With the Phantoms, Sanheim certainly earned his way back to the Flyers, as he put up 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) and a plus-14 rating in 18 games.

Expect Sanheim to slide into the Flyers' second defensive pairing alongside Andrew MacDonald.

Meanwhile, losing Hagg for two weeks is a blow to the Flyers. The 23-year-old had played all 68 games thus far and was steadily reliable, while also leading the NHL in hits with 232.