Cates, Jones lead Flyers over Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers' Morgan Frost, left, handles the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins' Brian Dumoulin, right, comes after him during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Philadelphia Flyers’ Morgan Frost, left, handles the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins’ Brian Dumoulin, appropriate, comes right after him all through the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation, Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Noah Cates experienced two aims and an assist, Martin Jones created 37 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers conquer the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Sunday.

Morgan Frost extra a objective and an help and Travis Konecny scored an empty-netter for the Flyers, who gained their next straight following getting rid of six in a row.

Sidney Crosby scored for the playoff-bound Penguins.

“We just weren’t excellent adequate,” Pittsburgh mentor Mike Sullivan reported. “I was hopeful that we were being going to have a better hard work.”

The Penguins entered in 3rd area in the Metropolitan Division, two points forward of Washington. Pittsburgh has two games remaining and would enjoy the Rangers in the very first round of the playoffs by being in 3rd place. If Washington jumps ahead of the Penguins, Pittsburgh would meet the Eastern Meeting-top Florida Panthers in the opening round.

“Wasn’t our finest,” Crosby reported. “It’s not constantly heading to be your very best, you nevertheless have to come across strategies to get. We’ve received two video games still left here to make confident we’re playing the appropriate way likely into the playoffs. You surely want to be enjoying effectively, anywhere that seeds you so be it.”

Philadelphia is merely taking part in out the year. The Flyers entered with the next-worst document in the East, and several regulars are sidelined for the remainder of the period. A combine of AHL phone-ups and younger gamers wanting to create them selves in the NHL gave Philadelphia a surprising lift towards the more-gifted Penguins.

Cates is a person of them. A fifth-spherical decide on in 2017, Cates recorded his 1st multi-objective functionality and now has five tallies in 13 vocation games. He joined the Flyers following his school workforce, Minnesota-Duluth, was eliminated from the NCAA tournament.

The 23-yr-previous Cates scored the two targets in just about identical fashion, the 1st a deflection of Keith Yandle’s slap shot from in entrance of the internet with 13:11 still left in the next interval to put Philadelphia forward 2-, and the second a redirection of Ivan Provorov’s slap shot on the power engage in with 10:22 to enjoy to make it 3-. It was a exceptional tally on the guy-benefit for Philadelphia, which entered very last in the NHL on the energy perform by converting just 12 per cent of its likelihood.

Frost scored on a rebound with 4:11 left in the initially to put the Flyers on the board.

Frost, 23, centered the 3rd line with Cates and 23-calendar year-outdated Owen Tippett.

“Nice to be close to some younger guys,” Cates explained. “We’re chatting a minor bit, assisting each other out and of course producing a minor bit, so it is great.”

Reported Jones, “A whole lot of these youthful fellas are commencing to feel extra at ease out there, they are obtaining an possibility to enjoy, they are using benefit. It is good for them.”

Crosby recorded his 31st of the year and staff-major 84th place with 3:33 still left.

Great GOALIES

With starter Tristan Jarry sidelined with a foot injuries, Louis Domingue built his 2nd visual appearance of the period in objective for the Penguins. Backup Casey DeSmith has assumed the setting up location though Jarry recovers from an injuries sustained on April 14. DeSmith designed 23 will save in Pittsburgh’s 7-2 gain at Detroit on Saturday.

Domingue was good in the course of the contest and retained the Penguins from falling into a 3-goal deficit with a stellar pad end of Tippett from position-blank selection with 10 minutes left in the second. He concluded with 39 saves.

Jones was even improved. Philadelphia’s goalie was at his best late in the second, very first denying Jake Guentzel with 5:09 left and then turning away Evgeni Malkin’s great opportunity on the electricity engage in 27 seconds later.

TRAINER’S Area

Penguins: Sullivan stated last week that Jarry is “week to 7 days.” He has skipped 4 straight contests.

Flyers: Goalie Carter Hart (reduced system), forwards Cam Atkinson (decreased human body) and Patrick Brown (higher human body) and defensemen Cam York (lower system), Rasmus Ristolainen (upper human body) and Kevin Connauton (lessen overall body) did not participate in and are out for the remainder of the period, in accordance to interim coach Mike Yeo.

UP Following

Penguins: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Flyers: At Chicago on Monday night time.

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