Flyers vs Sharks – Match Recap – December 30, 2021
SAN JOSE, Calif .– Tomas Hertl scored with 30.1 seconds left in overtime and the San Jose Sharks spoiled Philadelphia goalie Felix Sandstrom’s stellar debut with a 3-2 victory over the Flyers on Thursday night.
Sandstrom, 24, made 43 saves in his first NHL appearance, but couldn’t stop Hertl at close range late in overtime after good preparation from Erik Karlsson.
Hertl also got an assist and extended his point streak, his career best point streak, to eight games for the Sharks, which followed an 8-7 shootout victory over the Arizona Tuesday with a more complete performance.
“I think we played a lot better,” said Hertl. “We were much better in details and Zone D, and we even had more chances than the last game. It was a good game.”
Logan Couture scored a shorthanded goal and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks. James Reimer made 23 saves.
San Jose returned from a COVID and Christmas break by winning back-to-back home games before heading off on a four-game road trip.
“It’s a long time to sit down for a 10-day break,” said coach Bob Boughner. “We know we have a rough road trip, but we want to stay in this situation. Recover, and here we are.”
Joel Farabee tied the game with 4:03 left in regulation and Morgan Frost also scored for the Flyers.
The Flyers extended their point streak to seven games, thanks in large part to Sandstrom.
“I thought he was exceptional,” said interim coach Mike Yeo. “He looked calm and he looked confident in the net. This is what we have seen of him in practice. It’s kind of his behavior, it’s my impression of him as a coach. That’s what you love about a goalie, that he doesn’t get shaken.
The Sharks took a 2-1 lead in the third after Couture and Burns scored two minutes apart in the second period.
They looked in good shape after knocking out 1:56 from a two-man advantage while allowing just two shots on goal.
But after San Jose failed to increase the lead on their own power play, Farabee tied the game when he beat Reimer from the circle in a rush.
“I really saw some tired mistakes there,” Yeo said. “When you’re tired, sometimes the execution isn’t quite there, sometimes your pace isn’t quite there. I thought the will and the competition were there all night.
The Flyers opted out of starting goaltender Martin Jones in his first game in San Jose after being bought out by the Sharks over the summer.
Jones won 170 games in six seasons with the Sharks, the second-largest in franchise history and helped them reach their only Stanley Cup final in 2016. But he had a .896 save percentage over the course of of the past three seasons and the Sharks have redeemed the past three. of his contract.
Jones is 6-4-1 with a .911 save percentage in Philadelphia after making 34 saves in a 3-2 overtime win in Seattle on Wednesday. Playing an overtime game, combined with the Flyers not arriving at their hotel until 4.30am, led to the decision to start Sandstrom instead of Jones.
“We don’t want to put Jonesy in a tough spot,” Yeo said. “I wish he could play against his old team. Considering the workload, I think it’s wise to put a new body in it tonight.
The Sharks put defenseman Mario Ferraro on COVID-19 protocol right before the game and activated forward Jonathan Dahlen from the protocol.
The Flyers put center Sean Couturier on the injured upper body list and named him week after week.
Flyers: Visit Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Sharks: Visit Pittsburgh on Sundays.