Updated: 4:22 p.m.
The win was ugly.
But a really good one for the Flyers.
A lesser opponent tried to work them up, throw them off, and the Flyers still found a way to pull out a 4-3 decision over the Senators on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
They did so while losing their best player during the first period and despite being outshot 30-21.
Scott Laughton was superb yet again with a multi-point game. He was physical when the game became physical and he scored the game-winning goal, his fourth marker in the last six games.
Scott Laughton has a few things to say to the Senators. pic.twitter.com/vKpZnM2VCP— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
Scott Laughton can’t fight right now because of his finger that’s still healing.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 7, 2019
Would he have liked to?
“Yeah,” he said.
The Flyers (17-8-5) showed they can win when they’re far from their best, which is a good sign. They are 12-3-4 with 28 points since Nov. 1. The Capitals entered the day with an NHL-leading 28 points over that span.
The Senators (12-17-1) have lost six of their last seven games.
• The biggest storyline to come from Saturday’s game was Travis Konecny leaving the ice and never returning following a crushing hit by Mark Borowiecki in the first period.
The fights then broke out with Jakub Voracek and Joel Farabee doing the honors (see story).
The 22-year-old Konecny already had a goal in the game and has been arguably the Flyers’ most important piece to their turnaround through two months of this season.
Travis Konecny with his 28th point in 30 games.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 7, 2019
Last season, he had 28 points through 50 games.
His big-time jump continues.
Konecny was presumably getting checked for a concussion. If he were to miss any time, it would be a significant loss for the Flyers, who are 2-4-4 when Konecny goes scoreless in a game.
After the game, head coach Alain Vigneault said Konecny had an upper-body injury and the Flyers would have further updates Monday.
• Ivan Provorov kept on humming Saturday, matching his goal total of seven from last season by sending home a third-period missile to put the Flyers ahead 3-2 (see highlights).
The Flyers are 15-5-4 since Oct. 21. Over that stretch, Provorov has six goals, nine assists and a plus-10 mark.
PROVOROV LASER! pic.twitter.com/xsecDMema9— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
• The Senators’ game-tying goal in the second period was an inexcusable one to give up by the Flyers. Carter Hart and Shayne Gostisbehere misread each other terribly, which allowed Anthony Duclair to swoop in for a shorthanded marker.
Both Hart and Gostisbehere need to be more aware in that situation.
The good news is Gostisbehere continues to push offensively and Hart has been awfully good since Nov. 1 — really, all season for that matter.
Gostisbehere has three goals in five games following a three-game benching. The 26-year-old defenseman had one goal in his previous 22 games.
Hart finished with 27 saves.
A 👻💣 never gets old. pic.twitter.com/7FcVz8hSPa— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
• Morgan Frost picked up his first point in eight games on Konecny’s goal.
Before the game, Vigneault expressed his confidence in the 20-year-old center who is centering the Flyers’ top line.
The 2017 first-round pick deserves some patience just like a lot of young players.
• Next week, the Flyers open a three-game road trip, which features matchups with the Avalanche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN), the Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Jets on Sunday (5 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).
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