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Flyers’ five goals in 2nd tame Coyotes

Jan 5, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) controls the puck against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny each had one goal and two assists to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Hayes received his first selection to the National Hockey League All-Star Game.

Joel Farabee, Wade Allison, Ivan Provorov and James van Riemsdyk each added one goal for the Flyers, who won their fourth in a row for the first time since Jan. 26-31, 2021. Morgan Frost registered four assists.

Flyers goaltender Carter Hart returned to the starting lineup after suffering a concussion Dec. 23 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Hart made 21 saves.

Michael Carcone and Nick Ritchie scored one goal apiece for the struggling Coyotes, who have dropped three straight overall and 11 consecutive games on the road.

Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka stopped 28 shots.

Carcone skated around Philadelphia’s Nick Seeler and connected at 13:29 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. The Flyers generated 11 shots on goal in the period, but all were stopped by Vejmelka.

The Flyers equalized when Konecny scored on the power play just 25 seconds into the second period. It was Konecny’s fifth goal in the last five games.

Arizona quickly regained a 2-1 advantage at 1:36 when Ritchie’s shot ricocheted off Provorov and past Hart.

The Flyers tied the game at 2 when Farabee pounced on a loose puck in front and scored at 4:41. Allison took advantage of a turnover by Shayne Gostisbehere and put the Flyers ahead 3-2 at 8:53.

Philadelphia stayed aggressive and went ahead 4-2 at 11:42 following Provorov’s nasty wrist shot.

The Coyotes were soon whistled for too many men on the ice and Hayes scored on the power play at 13:49 for a 5-2 lead.

Clayton Keller had two strong chances in the final few minutes for Arizona but couldn’t capitalize. The Coyotes sent a flurry of shots on goal midway through the third, but Hart remained stellar.

The Flyers extended their advantage to 6-2 when van Riemsdyk got on the board at 15:02.

–Field Level Media