Cates, Jones lead flyers on penguins – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Noah Cates had two goals and an assist, Martin Jones made 37 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Sunday.

Morgan Frost added a goal and an assist and Travis Konecny ​​scored with an empty net for the Flyers, who won their second game in a row after losing six in a row.

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Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins who were headed for the playoffs.

“We just weren’t good enough,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “I was hoping we were going to have a better effort.”

The Penguins entered in third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of Washington. Pittsburgh has two games left and would play the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs if it stays in third place. If Washington jumps ahead of the Penguins, Pittsburgh would face the Eastern Conference-leading Florida Panthers in the first round.

“It wasn’t our best,” Crosby said. “You’re not always going to give your best, you still have to find ways to win. We’ve got two games left here to make sure we’re playing the right way heading into the playoffs. You definitely want to play well, wherever he puts you, so be it.”

Philly is just playing out the season. The Flyers entered with the second-worst record in the East, and several regulars are out for the rest of the season. A mix of AHL call-ups and young players looking to establish themselves in the NHL gave Philadelphia a surprising boost against the more talented Penguins.

Cates is one of them. A fifth-round pick in 2017, Cates posted his first multi-goal performance and now has five goals in 13 career games. He joined the Flyers after his varsity team, Minnesota-Duluth, was eliminated from the NCAA tournament.

The 23-year-old Cates scored both goals almost identically, the first being a deflection of Keith Yandle’s shot from the front of the net with 13:11 remaining in the second period to put Philadelphia ahead 2-0, and the second a redirection of Ivan Provorov’s slap shot on the power play with 10:22 left to make it 3-0. It was a rare tally in man advantage for Philadelphia, which entered last in the NHL on the power play by converting just 12 percent of its chances.

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

Frost, 23, centered the back row with Cates and 23-year-old Owen Tippett.

“It’s nice to be around younger guys,” Cates said. “We’re chatting a little bit, helping each other and obviously producing a little bit, so it’s good.”

Said Jones, “A lot of these young guys are starting to feel more comfortable, they’re getting a chance to play, they’re taking advantage. It’s great for them.”

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Crosby recorded his 31st point of the season and team-leading 84th point with 3:33 remaining.

GOOD GOALS

With starter Tristan Jarry sidelined with a foot injury, Louis Domingue made his second appearance of the season in goal for the Penguins. Backup Casey DeSmith took over as the starter while Jarry recovers from an injury sustained on April 14. DeSmith had 23 saves in Pittsburgh’s 7-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday.

Domingue was solid throughout the game and kept the Penguins from falling into a three-goal deficit with a stellar save from Tippett from point-blank range with 10 minutes remaining in the second. He finished with 39 saves.

Jones was even better. The Philadelphia goaltender was at his best late in the second, first denying Jake Guentzel with 5:09 to play and then fending off Evgeni Malkin’s excellent opportunity on the power play 27 seconds later.

COACHES ROOM

Penguins: Sullivan said last week that Jarry is “week to week.” He has missed four contests in a row.

Midfielders: goalkeeper Carter Hart (lower body), forwards Cam Atkinson (lower body) and Patrick Brown (upper body), and defenders Cam York (lower body), Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body) body) and Kevin Connauton (lower body) did not play and are out for the rest of the season, according to interim coach Mike Yeo.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Penguins: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Flyers: In Chicago on Monday night.

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