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Flyers keep the late fun coming thanks to overtime win, are in company with 2011-12 team

Flyers keep the late fun coming thanks to overtime win, are in company with 2011-12 team

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The Flyers have made things interesting. They've gone past regulation in three of their last four games.

Despite the late theatrics, they have their longest point streak of the season at four games after beating the Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Sean Couturier scored the winner as his shot just barely beat Montreal goalie Carey Price.

 

The Flyers (8-5-2) have their most wins through the first 15 games of a season since 2011-12, when the team started 8-4-3 and finished 47-26-9 with 103 points. That was the last time the Flyers won a playoff series.

The Canadiens (8-5-3), who had won four of their last five games, nearly stole this one from the Flyers.

• The Flyers came out like gangbusters in the second period, outshooting the Canadiens 14-1 at one point during the stanza. They had a chance to win the game in that period but either ran out of gas or lost focus, allowing Montreal to score and stay alive with just a one-goal deficit at second intermission.

Tap your stick to Price, too, who made 32 saves through the first 40 minutes.

The Flyers finally got the best of him for good in overtime to improve to 6-1-1 at home.

• James van Riemsdyk's goal came directly after a power play expired, but the Flyers were let down by their man advantage. The power play went 0 for 6 and fell flat twice in the third period.

Carsen Twarynski was also awarded a penalty shot with 6:43 left in regulation but Price turned him away.

Fortunately for the Flyers, it didn't bite them.

• Philippe Myers has been impressive since his call-up on Halloween. The 22-year-old defenseman opened the game's scoring with a sharp play to keep the puck in the offensive and shoot it through traffic.

He covers ice, moves well and these types of plays are why so many gush about his potential. With four games, he's starting to cement his spot in the lineup.

Myers was the Flyers' best player Thursday night.

• van Riemsdyk, who knows how to clean up loose pucks, extended the Flyers' lead to 2-0 early in the second period.

After going scoreless in his first seven games, van Riemsdyk has eight points over his last eight. It was only a matter of time before van Riemsdyk started scoring and his 200-foot play has been much more noticeable than in years past.

• Carter Hart is 3-0-0 with 78 saves on 84 shots over his last three games.

The first goal Hart allowed Thursday was off a big rebound. The coverage in front of him was porous.

The second goal, Hart didn't play the puck too well behind the net and it led to Shea Weber beating him.

Price, who went 2-0-0 with 61 saves on 63 shots against the Flyers last season, made 40 saves.

• Ivan Provorov had a difficult time handling the puck on the power play, fumbling a few passes and struggling on entries.

The 22-year-old has been quarterbacking the first unit in place of Shayne Gostisbehere. While Provorov has looked strong overall, he'll have to be better moving forward to hold off Gostisbehere from earning back his role.

"Ghost, in our minds, coming in, was the power play guy," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "He’s been given the opportunity, I need him to show more on that. I need him to show more of that offensive skill. I know he’s trying real hard and he’s come with a real good mindset, and a real good attitude as far as work ethic, but he needs to show more.”

• Really tough news for Samuel Morin (see story).

• A cool story with Max Domi and Bob Clarke:

• The Flyers face a challenging back-to-back set on the road against the Maple Leafs Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and Bruins Sunday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

 

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Flyers Talk podcast: Head of strength and conditioning Chris Osmond gives insight on team's adjustments

Flyers Talk podcast: Head of strength and conditioning Chris Osmond gives insight on team's adjustments

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by special guest Chris Osmond, the Flyers' head of strength and conditioning.

From Osmond's insight on the Flyers' fitness to our analysis on prospects/awards, let's dive in:

1:00 — Which defenseman will climb the fastest to the Flyers — Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie, Linus Hogberg or Wyatt Kalynuk?

7:05 — Osmond discusses the Flyers' daily questionnaire with players

9:40 — Ivan Provorov has a unique style of working out

11:45 — The big adjustments Osmond has had to make with players in quarantine

15:45 — What will be the toughest challenge for the Flyers leading up to a possible resumption?

• 17:25 — The importance of a good diet for Carter Hart and the team

• 19:00 — "None of us have been through this" 

20:10 — Osmond loves the Flyers' victory song

24:50 — Is Sean Couturier the Selke Trophy winner?

29:20 — Who is Alain Vigneault's biggest competition for the Jack Adams Award?

40:00 — Which former Flyer would we pick to be our favorite teammate?

• 45:15 — A taste of the "Marathon on Ice"

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Flyers lose rights to prospect David Bernhardt

Flyers lose rights to prospect David Bernhardt

Two days after signing one of their 2016 draft picks to an entry-level contract, the Flyers lost the rights to a prospect from the same class.

The club opted to not sign David Bernhardt before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline. As a result, the 22-year-old Swedish defenseman has become a draft-related unrestricted free agent.

Bernhardt was a 2016 seventh-round draft pick of the Flyers, when Ron Hextall was general manager and Chris Pryor was director of player personnel. Linus Hogberg, another blueliner from Sweden who was taken by the Flyers in the fifth round of the same draft, inked his ELC on Saturday.

The Flyers' decision to let Bernhardt's rights expire is not considered surprising. Below the pro surface, the club is pretty well-stocked at defensemen with prospects Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie and Hogberg set to join AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2020-21, while the signing of Wisconsin product Wyatt Kalynuk could be around the corner. Kalynuk is an offensive-minded defenseman who has developed a ton with the Badgers. His rights were set to expire next summer. Now that it appears he will forgo his senior season at Wisconsin, it would be surprising if he's not signed soon by the Flyers. If, for some reason, both sides don't agree to terms, Kalynuk can eventually become a free agent.

Furthermore, the Flyers have unsigned blueliners Cam York, Mason Millman, Adam Ginning, Ronald Attard and John St. Ivany in the system. York, a 2019 first-round pick at Michigan, is the most touted, while Millman, a 2019 fourth-round selection, is coming off a 44-point, plus-31 junior season with the OHL's Saginaw Spirit.

Bernhardt, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound, lefty-shot defenseman, had seven points (one goal, six assists) through 33 games in the Finland pro league Liiga after opening 2019-20 in the SHL.

Here's a look at the Flyers' 10-player 2016 draft class:

First round — German Rubtsov (Flyers/Phantoms)
Second round — Pascal Laberge (Phantoms/Royals) 
Second round — Carter Hart (Flyers)
Second round — Wade Allison (Phantoms) 
Third round — Carsen Twarynski (Flyers/Phantoms)
Fourth round — Connor Bunnaman (Flyers/Phantoms)
Fifth round — Linus Hogberg (Phantoms)
Sixth round — Tanner Laczynski (Phantoms) 
Sixth round — Anthony Salinitri (no longer in organization)
Seventh round — David Bernhardt (no longer in organization)

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