Wayne Simmonds stayed with the puck and found a way to beat Frederik Andersen in the closing seconds of the third. Unlike Tuesday's result, the Flyers stole a point just before the buzzer.
But the result remained the same, as the Ducks defeated the Flyers in a shootout for the second time this season. It was the Flyers sixth straight loss.
Progress takes many forms, and this was certainly progress. The Flyers were bent on Tuesday and bent further on Wednesday. They didn't break on Wednesday and at least found an answer.
But the Flyers talk about playoff aspirations in a season that has taken a rapid turn south. Instant gratifications is needed. More of the same, even in shootout form, doesn't satisfy.