Now that’s a comeback – flyers show toughness in shootout win over Pens

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The Flyers mounted their first comeback of the season on Saturday night and did it in storybook fashion.

Down to the wire, in a hunt, on their rival’s home ice.

John Tortorella’s team rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Sean Couturier went to his money move – “from the Marty St. Louis playbook” – to fill in the shootout winner.

Samuel Ersson denied Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust to stop the Flyers’ comeback attempt.

Owen Tippett, Scott Laughton and Tyson Foerster scored in regulation for the Flyers (12-10-2), who needed this one. The club was 1-3-1 over their previous five games, a stretch in which they had only scored 1.40 goals per game.

The Flyers led for the first time in six games when Foerster put them ahead on the power play with 6:08 left in the third period.

As the Penguins (11-10-2) vacated their net for the extra attacker, Guentzel made a rebound with 20.6 seconds left to force overtime.

The Flyers weren’t perfect but they went down. The penalty kill was excellent all night and they held off Pittsburgh for the final minute of OT.

The Penguins won’t have to wait long to see the Flyers again.

• Laughton’s goal may have been the goal of the game as the Flyers were down 2-1 in the third period. For the Flyers not only did they kill Nicolas Deslauriers board penalty but also the score on Pittsburgh’s power play was a big move seven minutes into the final stanza.

The Flyers penalty kill went 5 for 5 and is 32 for 34 (94.1 percent) over the last 10 games.

Foerster showed off his big shot to give the Flyers that lead at 3-2. The 21-year-old has five points (three goals, two assists) in the last three games.

• Couturier is a tough customer.

He was hit late in the second period by Kris Letang and Marcus Pettersson.

But he rebounded, recorded an assist on Foerster’s third-period goal and then delivered the game-winner in the shootout.

• Ersson is 5-1-0 with a 1.79 goals-against average and .930 save percentage over his last six starts.

His recovery has been impressive.

The 24-year-old finished with 29 saves on 32 shots against the Penguins. He turned away six shots in OT and had a stellar glove save on Crosby in the shootout.

Guentzel made two of Pittsburgh’s three goals. The two were just around the corner.

Penguins reliever Tristan Jarry stopped 31 of the Flyers’ 34 shots.

Moments after Pittsburgh’s opening goal in the second period, Tippett was fouled for a breakaway shot that was blocked by Travis Sanheim, but Jarry denied the Flyers player with a glove save.

Tippett took a 2 round against Jarry at another distance to make it 1-1 at the second interval.

• After playing just 56 seconds in the Flyers’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils on Thursday, Joel Farabee saw 15:06 minutes against the Penguins. He did not play on special teams.

Tortorella said Friday that the bench was in the past.

“I had a two-second debate as we were passing ways in the hallway,” the head coach said. “That’s all that needs to be done.

“He’s going to get an opportunity. I’m with that, I’ve already moved with him. He’s going to get his ice time and he’s going to get it back.”

Farabee was a favorite in OT when the Flyers were whistled for too many men on the ice. The 23-year-old was trying to get out there to prevent a chase in Pittsburgh.

• Sanheim blocked seven shots and Cam York five.

With two assists, the 22-year-old York has helped fuel the Flyers’ power play over the last two games.

“You know me, I want him to try to make a difference. And I think he’s done that,” Tortorella said Wednesday. “He was very impressed with his defense, his presence, his willingness to block shots this year.”

• The Flyers and Penguins are back to back on Monday in Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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