Flyers vs. Kings: John Tortorella’s team never trailed before losing in overtime

In a game in which they never came from behind, the Flyers fell to the Kings 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

John Tortorella’s club is 1-7 in OT this season.

Kevin Fiala scored the winning goal for Los Angeles.

The Flyers had two great looks in overtime, but were denied by Kings netminder Phoenix Copley.

Tony DeAngelo was furious after there was no signal to Copley, who may have gotten away, tripping the defender to direct the action the other way.

“It’s a clear penalty,” De Angelo said. “It’s not even about that.”

Thought you were tripped up?

“It’s not a thought,” DeAngelo said. “It’s a fact. It is what it is.”

James van Riemsdyk, Wade Allison and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for the Flyers.

Van Riemsdyk (one goal, one assist) and Ivan Provorov (two assists) finished with multi-point performances.

The Flyers (20-21-8) have dropped back-to-back games for the first time since before the NHL holiday break (Dec. 22-23). They are 9-4-1 since Christmas.

The Flyers moved to 1-0-1 in their two-game regular season series with the Kings (27-17-6).

Los Angeles entered the night in third place in the Pacific Division.

• The Flyers have lost their last two games despite scoring three goals in each. They are now 17-5-5 when scoring three or more goals.

They need to tighten things up defensively again.

• After a 30-save win over the Red Wings three days ago, Carter Hart turned away 34 of 38 shots for the Kings.

The 24-year-old was busy all night.

“For the first 10 minutes of the game, I thought we were going to be down 10-none,” Tortorella said. “They just looked a lot faster than us.

“And that’s what I like about the team the last couple of nights — I think we found our game, started to skate. Just like the other night, we came back 3-none, just stuck with our game.

“I thought we played a good game. I thought we pushed ourselves against a really good team. I thought we were going to score there at the end; he makes a great save and they go down and score. No [b—-ing] about our game for me.”

Copley stopped 28 of 31 Flyers shots.

• DeAngelo forced a turnover in the defensive zone that led to the Kings’ tying goal with 1:24 left in the second period.

Ristolainen had given the Flyers the lead eight minutes earlier when he cleared a rebound in front.

The Flyers know DeAngelo’s strengths are on the offensive side of the puck. He’ll be a high-risk passer, but they need him to be sharper and more decisive with the puck. Especially considering they really rely on him for his puck moving abilities.

“I have to make a better play, I didn’t put the puck out of the zone,” DeAngelo said. “I probably could have climbed the wall. When you watch it, you can do 20 different things. When you have to move the puck the way I am, you have to make the play, so there’s really no excuse.”

The 27-year-old blueliner was taken off the power play during the game, finishing minus-3 and playing 18:20 minutes.

As for overtime, Tortorella didn’t seem to have a problem with it.

“It’s not a penalty, there’s no penalty,” the head coach said. “You have to skate, you have to go back. I don’t think it’s a penalty.”

A botched call in overtime sunk the Flyers against the Kings

• Tortorella’s club committed six penalties in regulation, three of which were fouls.

Finished 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The Flyers went 0 for 3 on the power play.

• Thanks to markers by van Riemsdyk and Allison, the Flyers grabbed a pair of one-goal leads in the opening stanza.

But each time they lost the advantage of Anze Kopitar. The two-time Selke Trophy winner scored on the power play and at even strength to tie the game 2-2 at the first break.

Hart took 14 shots in the first 20 minutes.

In the last two games, the Flyers have allowed five goals in the first period.

• Allison was such an effective third line. He forechecks, he hits, and he also provides an attack.

Since the calendar turned to 2023, the 25-year-old has posted seven points (four goals, three assists) and a plus-7 rating in 12 games.

“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Allison said. “So we’ve got to take that into the next game and try to fix the things we didn’t do well tonight.”

• The Flyers head to St. Paul, Minnesota for a Thursday matchup with the Wild (8 p.m. ET/ESPN+, Hulu).

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