Konecny connects in OT again for Flyers’ winner

Travis Konecny

Just call him “Mr. OT.’’

For the second straight game, Travis Konecny scored in overtime on Tuesday night, giving the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Red Wings in Detroit.

Konecny, who scored in OT to beat Washington on Sunday, helped steal a puck from Dylan Larkin and scored just 27 seconds into overtime for the winner.

The Flyers have now won four straight games, three of them in overtime, to move into a tie with New Jersey for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Konecny also assisted on Sean Couturier’s overtime goal to beat Toronto last Thursday.

It looked like a designed play to beat the Red Wings.

“Coots came over to me in both games and set something up,’’ Konecny said in a televised interview. “He just wanted to make sure when we had the puck in our possession, I was going to come back with speed and try to get on the offense.

“Honestly, I just to stay on Larkin and pressure him. Coots made a good play. I don’t know how I shot it, I was so tired.’’

The Konecny goal underwent a video review to determine if the play was offside but it wasn’t and the goal stood.

Andrew MacDonald scored to tie the game at 1-1 and later, Jake Voracek ended a 14-game goal drought with a power-play goal.

Michael Raffl suffered a lower-body injury during the game and did not return to action.

The Flyers have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Into the record book

Konecny scored the game-winning OT goal for the second consecutive game. In both cases, the goal came on the only shot of the OT period. Per the NHL stats bureau, Konecny is only the second Flyer to score back-to-back GWGs in overtime; Sami Kapanen did it on 12/28/05 at Atlanta and 12/29/05 at Carolina. Since 1997-98, only one other NHL player has done it with both goals coming on the only shot in the overtime period – Todd Bertuzzi did so for Detroit on Dec. 11, 2009 vs. Anaheim and Dec. 12, 2009 vs. Nashville.

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