Flyers win streak snapped with late goal by Predators

Travis Politakis
December 21, 2023  (11:39 PM)

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The Philadelphia Flyers suffered their second defeat in as many weeks to the Nashville Predators as a late third period goal gave the Preds a 4-2 advantage at the Wells Fargo Center.

This loss snaps the Flyers three game win streak and nine game point streak as the Predators are now winners of eight of their last 11 games. A strong offensive third period by the Preds is ultimately what made the difference as Nashville had command of the puck for what felt like a majority of the period.
The Flyers started off the game strong as a Morgan Frost goal gave the Flyers an early 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. Defensively, the Flyers continued to do what they do in the first period as they were flying around and especially strong on the penalty kill.
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Philly is currently fourth best in the NHL in penalty kills with a kill rate of just over 85%. On the other side of the puck, however, has been a struggle for the Flyers as just one minute into the second period they gave up a shorthanded goal to Cole Smith.
The second period was full of fireworks as Sean Couturier quickly responded with an unassisted goal of his own as the Flyers were able to retake the lead. The euphoria was short-lived however as Philip Tomasino knocked in a goal just 45 seconds later as both teams headed into the third period knotted at 2.
Nashville's offense took over in the third period as they had great command of the puck and virtually never gave the Flyers an opportunity to do anything offensively. The Preds took the lead for good with just under five minutes remaining as Philip Tomasino recorded his second goal of the night as the Preds escaped Philly with a win.
The Flyers have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow night as they travel to Detroit to take on a Red Wings team they just shutout on Saturday night.
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