Local hockey: Konecny gets healthy, Brodie foils Oilers

Travis Konecny is still getting back into game shape after being out with COVID-19.

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Travis Konecny is still getting back into game shape after being out with COVID-19.

The 23-year-old forward from Clachan returned to the Philadelphia Flyers’ lineup Tuesday after spending two weeks on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.

“it wasn’t as bad as I expected, but (I) definitely feel a little bit out of it,” he said. “I think it’s going to come back just with playing games and just getting more touches on the pucks and making plays in practice. I think that’s really going to help.

“But there’s no excuse (for Tuesday’s loss). It wasn’t that bad.”

Konecny played 15:46 and took two shots in the 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh. He started on the fourth line but was moved to different lines as the game went on.

He missed five games while on the COVID-19 list.

“It’s no joke. It’s a serious virus,” he said. “It hits some harder than others. I got it pretty good. It’s just a matter of time of getting back into things.”

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Konecny had to be careful during his quarantine because his girlfriend, Karly Girard, is expecting their first child in August.

“I was in my room by myself the whole time,” he said.

Konecny has gone six games without a point. This cold streak came after he picked up eight points in the first seven games.

The Flyers will visit the Penguins again Thursday and Saturday.

Brodie, Leafs frustrate Oilers

Dresden’s T.J. Brodie and the Toronto Maple Leafs were trying to shut out the Edmonton Oilers for the third straight game Wednesday.

The veteran blue-liner helped the Leafs win by a combined 7-0 Saturday and Monday in Edmonton. They shut down NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid and reigning Hart Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl.

“We just played a smart, five-man game,” Brodie said. “The forwards did a really good job at staying above them and trying to take away their speed and their space and time, and it worked out.”

Quieting the Oilers’ big guns requires “a combination of different things,” he said. “Having a good effort is definitely big. And then the back pressure.

“They’re guys that can get up to top speed really quick and they like to pull up if they have the chance, too. To have the pressure coming back, you can sort of try to pinch them and take that time and space away.”

Brodie had six assists and a plus-10 rating in 23 games before Wednesday.

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