Reimer and Sharks rule out Flyers for second win of season
PHILADELPHIA CREAM — James Remer made 30 saves for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Erik Karlsson, Steven Lorentz and Nico Sturm scored for San Jose (2-6-0), who were coming off a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
“Obviously we haven’t had the best start to the year,” Reimer said. “We wanted to finish this road trip and be .500 on the trip (2-2-0), and we finished it. I thought we played maybe our best game of the year here tonight. .”
Video: [email protected]: Reimer blanks Flyers in 3-0 win
Felix Sandstrom made 22 saves for Philadelphia (4-2-0), which was coming off a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
“We have to learn to play back-to-back games,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “We’ve played two straight sets and our second game, we’re absolutely not giving ourselves a chance because of turnovers.”
The Flyers also lost 4-3 to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday in the second straight game.
“I don’t think it’s physical fatigue, I think it’s maybe a bit groggy mentally,” Tortorella said. “But if you’re a pro you have to figure out how to simplify your game. We have to learn to play back to back. I think we’ve got 16 this year. We’re 0-for-2 until at least we give each other a chance.”
Video: [email protected]: Karlsson opens scoring for Sharks in traffic
Karlsson gave San Jose a 1-0 lead at 9:32 of the second when he caught a pass from Tomas Hertl from the top of the right free pass circle. The defenseman leads the Sharks with six points (three goals, three assists) in eight games.
“He’s a great player,” Sharks coach David Quinn said. “You see some of the things he does, it’s no mystery why he won a Norris Trophy (as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2012 and 2015). Obviously he’s leading our attack whenever he’s there.
Karlsson’s goal came after the Flyers appeared to take a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the second on a power play goal by Joel Farabeebut the call was overturned after a replay showed Philadelphia was offside.
“It’s obviously a disappointment (to lose the goal),” Flyers striker Travis Konecny said. “We had one in Florida and we were able to bounce back. It’s just the way the game goes sometimes.”
Video: [email protected]: Lorentz doubles lead in 2nd period
Lorentz scored his first goal for the Sharks to put them up 2-0 at 18:29 of the second, skating into the slot to tip a Jaycob Megna point shot.
Sturm fired an empty net to make it 3-0 at 16:06 of the third. It was the Sharks’ first third-period goal this season.
Reimer made 16 saves in the third period to seal the victory and his 26th shutout in the NHL.
“He’s got a great prospect,” Quinn said. “He’s been there for a long time, he gives us leadership. When you get that from your keeper, it’s a special bonus. And he’s an impactful guy in the dressing room. Obviously you see what he’s done that tonight, he made some big saves there in the third period. They were pushing, and obviously we’re still a bit shaky. I think it’s human nature, you’re lying 2-0, you tend to drop back a bit. But like I said before the game, all we want to do is find a way to win a hockey game.”
REMARKS: Sharks ahead Nick Bonino missed the game and is day to day with an upper body injury. … San Jose forward Oskar Lindblom received a standing ovation when a video was released honoring his return to Philadelphia. Lindblom played five seasons for the Flyers and returned from Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flyers bought out the final season of Lindblom’s contract on July 12 , and he signed a two-year contract with the Sharks the following day. … Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk left the game after blocking a shot by the Sharks forward Kevin Labanc with 6:26 remaining in the first. There was no update after the game. … Konecny and Kevin Hayes were benched in the third period.