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Flyers Notebook: Travis Konecny being selfish in all the right ways in leading Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — The more Flyers coach John Tortorella spoke Saturday, the more it sounded like a star had been born.

That would be Travis Konecny, who scored two goals to position the Flyers for a 3-2 win over the hated Bruins, who arrived at the Wells Fargo Center with the best record in the NHL and have owned the orange and black the last two seasons. Konecny

Konecny got the Flyers started with a second-period power-play goal that stood until 10:19 of the third period when Justin Brazeau knotted the game. Konecny tallied again in the third period, his 30th goal of the season.

With the Bruins shadowing Konecny, rookie Tyson Foerster wristed a feed from Ryan Poehling past Linus Ullmark with 1:29 left, and Flyers goalie Sam Ersson did the rest as the building rocked.

“You could just sense that something was going to happen,” Konecny said. “We were all pushing for it.”

Konecny’s clutch performance amped Tortorella, particularly the way the youngster kept himself in the game rather than overreacting to say, something an opponent did to him or a teammate.

“It’s a really important time for him to lead the proper way,” Tortorella said. “You need to be selfish as a player and he is out of his mind on the ice half of the time and that’s a big reason he is the player he is. But I think he’s got to find a middle road here, not to blow up too much in his head because he’s got other people to take care of, and that’s his team. When you get down to crunch time, it’s a really important time for him to understand that his actions can’t hurt the team. He gets on the ledge sometimes, but I think he’s brought himself back.”

Konecny netted 31 goals last season to become the Flyers’ first 30-goal scorer since Sean Couturier produced 33 in 2019-19. In a league where goals are a precious commodity, Konecny has become the go-to guy for the Flyers, who can taste their first playoff appearance in four seasons.

“Honestly I try not to think about it,” Konecny said of the goal total. “It’s awesome. But it’s important to stay focused on the season.”

Though Konecny wears the “A” as the alternate captain, he praised the effort of team captain Couturier, who played Saturday after being scratched the previous two games.

“He did a great job tonight,” Konecny said. “He was around the puck and it opened things up for us. He handled (the benching) great. He’s our leader.”

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Notes >> Ersson made 18 saves, including sprawling back-to-back, point-blank stops of former Flyer James Van Riemsdyk with 10:53 left in the second period. Now 34 years old, JVR has 11 goals and 27 assists this season. … The Flyers have their fingers crossed that defensemen Jamie Drysdale (shoulder) and Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body) will return for the playoffs. … The Flyers on Saturday scratched Nicolas Deslauriers, Cam Atkinson, Denis Gurianov and Marc Staal.

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