Visiting a desperate Toronto team, the Flyers were able to beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 tonight. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist helping the Flyers win their second straight game after dropping four straight. The win improves the Flyers' record to 42-19-6.
A flaw of the Flyers game as a whole is the powerplay. Last game against Edmonton, a Jeff Carter tally was the only goal registered on a five minute advantage during the opening period. Tonight, Mike Komisarek received a, what some might call a questionable, five minute major for boarding Daniel Carcillo just before the four minute mark in the first period.
Taking advantage of the Komisarek boarding major, Andrej Meszaros blasted home his sixth goal of the season. After Danny Briere dangled with the puck for a bit in the circle to James Reimer's right, he'd slide it over to Claude Giroux. Moving towards the blue line, Giroux passed it to Meszaros at the point. Not thinking twice, Meszaros wound up and ripped home the opening goal one minute and ten seconds into the man advantage as Reimer couldn't find the slapshot through traffic.
The Flyers nearly enjoyed a two goal lead, but a quick and unheralded whistle prevented the situation. As Carter stood in front and whacked away at the puck, a whistle was blown just before the puck crossed the goal-line. The referee incorrectly believed Reimer had the puck covered up.
Unfortunately for Philly, the remaining time on the powerplay went goalless and after a five minute man advantage the Flyers had only a 1-0 lead.
Brian Boucher made his presence felt throughout the remaining time in the first period. After putting seven shots on the elongated man advantage, the Flyers were out shot 8-4 in the second half of the first period. Despite getting outworked for the latter part of the period, the orange and black held onto a 1-0 lead.
Reimer cancelled out all the hard work he did for the first half of the second period by allowing a soft goal to give Philly the 2-0 lead. After the Leafs' had just killed off a Dion Phaneuf slashing call, trouble clearing the zone ultimately led to a Darroll Powe shot from the corner to Reimer's left. Grabbing the puck and spinning clockwise, Powe threw a puck on net from the goal-line that leaked its way through Reimer's 5-hole.
Powe's sixth goal didn't give the Flyers a two-goal lead for long. As Nick Boynton sat in the sin bin for hooking, a Phaneuf slapshot from the point banked off of Mikhail Grabovski's face, who was standing next to the right post, and into the net. Grabovski's head gave him his twenty-sixth goal of the season and cut the deficit to one a minute and forty-seven seconds after Powe's goal.
The Maple Leafs then surged briefly after Grabovski's goal before Giroux regained the two-goal lead. On a rebound resulting from a James van Riemsdyk shot, Giroux put the puck home blocker side on Reimer from the slot. Toronto's one-goal deficit lasted all of three minutes and seventeen seconds before Giroux's twenty-second goal of the season made it two again with five minutes and twenty seconds left in the middle period.
Keeping their hopes up for gaining two points, Mike Brown displayed a great individual effort that resulted in a Joffrey Lupul goal. Moving the puck from the neutral zone to the Leafs' offensive zone, Brown deked past Sean O'Donnell resulting in a 2-on-1 with Lupul. Brown then passed it to Lupul through the slot where Lupul kicked it to his stick and shot it in the net over a sprawling Boucher. Lupul's ninth made it a one-goal game with twelve minutes left in regulation.
Tensions ran high late in the game when Giroux was hit by Carl Gunnarsson into the boards. After a clean hit, Gunnarsson held Giroux to the ice before Giroux threw a punch in an attempt to get Gunnarsson off of him. Agitated by the punch, Gunnarsson pushed Giroux while he was on his knees. Naturally, since the game was in Toronto, both players received minors; Giroux for roughing, Gunnarsson for cross-checking.
Both players left the box with just two minutes and twenty-nine seconds left in regulation. The remaining time didn't warrant any goals resulting in a 3-2 Flyers win.
Filling in for an injured Chris Pronger, Nick Boynton didn't have the greatest first game as a Flyer. Not registering any points, Boynton's hooking penalty in the second led to Grabovski's goal. Boynton had an even rating on the night.
With games against Atlanta on Saturday and Florida on Tuesday, the Flyers can increase their winning streak to four games.
Notes: Tonight was the first game since 2/5/11 against the Stars that both Powe and Meszaros scored. Giroux scored his first goal since a third period mark against the Coyotes on 2/22/11. The Flyers went 3-1-0 against Toronto in the 2010-2011 season and are now 11-6-0 against the Northeast division this season (BOS 1-2-0, MTL 3-1-0, BUF 2-1-0, TOR 3-1-0, OTT 2-1-0).
Recognizing the chance to turn things around with a break in their schedule, the Flyers had a dominating start ultimately leading to their 3-1 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Jeff Carter scored twice while Danny Briere had a goal and an assist as Philly embarrassed the Oilers in the opening period keeping them to a single shot. The win ends a four game losing streak and improves Philly's record to 41-19-6.
Looking to take the early lead, the Flyers were briefly halted when Chris Pronger went to the box for hooking. For the minute and thirty-seven seconds the Flyers were shorthanded, they generated enough offensive pressure to force the Oilers into a penalty of their own.
Linus Omark sat in the sin bin for interfering with Darroll Powe. Philly was unable to net a goal with the eighty-three seconds of man advantage they experienced.
As Philly looked for a way to get through the neutral zone, Ville Leino dumped the puck back to Matt Carle in the defensive zone. Noticing Briere's position, Carle launched a pass from the top of the circles to Briere who caught the pass between a pair of Oilers' defenders on the Oilers' blue line. Going in alone on Devan Dubnyk, Briere placed a shot top right over the netminder's glove for his twenty-ninth goal and a 1-0 Flyers' lead.
A big break came for the Flyers thirteen minutes into the period. As Ladislav Smid went to the box for boarding Darroll Powe, the orange and black experienced a five minute powerplay since the penalty was a major.
Nearly wasting the opportunity, Carter tipped in a pass from Briere, who was standing in the corner to Dubnyk's right, with little time left on the man advantage. With Dubnyk unable to move right to left quickly enough, Carter scored his twenty-ninth goal with seventeen seconds left on the powerplay to make the Flyers lead two.
As Smid exited the sin bin, Sean O'Donnell decided to make a visit himself just twenty-eight seconds later. Given a minute and twenty-five seconds worth of a powerplay before the end of the period, the Oilers were able to take their first shot of the game with one minute and fourteen seconds remaining in the first.
Sergei Bobrovsky kept the Oilers from scoring on the powerplay for the rest of the first period as the Flyers entered the middle stanza with a 2-0 lead. More impressive than the score was the Flyers dominance in the shot differential. After twenty minutes, the Flyers out shot Edmonton 17-1.
Seven minutes into the second period, Carter became the first thirty goal scorer for the Flyers this season. Claude Giroux won a faceoff to Dubnyk's left, where James van Riemsdyk handled the faceoff win and passed it cross ice to a pinching Kimmo Timonen. Dubnyk moved to the right post in synch with Timonen allowing the Philly defender to pass it back to the slot, where Carter was waiting to dunk home his thirtieth goal on the year. Carter's goal extended the Flyers' lead to three with just over seven minutes gone in the second period.
Unwilling to dominate the game all the way through, the Oilers found their way onto the scoreboard fifty-five seconds later. Jean-Francois Jacques tipped a Smid shot from the point moving the puck from Bobrovsky's glove side to blocker side. Bob couldn't get a piece of the shot as it went in short side giving Jacques his fourth goal on the season and the Oilers a two-goal deficit.
A powerplay opportunity for each team, elbowing on Steve MacIntyre and interference on Kimmo Timonen, didn't result in a goal for either side as the rest of the second period went scoreless. Entering the final twenty minutes in regulation, the Flyers only had to hold onto a two-goal lead to end their four game losing streak.
Blair Betts added an empty net goal with forty-two seconds left in the game. Betts' fifth goal on the year made the final score 4-1. Bobrovsky made twenty-three out of a possible twenty-four saves in the win.
Missing two of the last three games, Carter rose to the occassion tonight scoring a pair for the orange and black. His game-winning goal in the first period as well as his goal in the second were both results of crashing the net. Carter's tally in the second period makes him the first thirty-goal scorer for the Flyers this season.
The Flyers' urgency was displayed early in the game when Philly had the first sixteen shots of the game. Unfortunately, their pure domination resulted in only a two-goal lead although it could have easily been three or four. The Oilers aren't the toughest team in the league, but a win will surely give the Flyers a lot of confidence heading into their busy stretch of games during the month of March.
Notes: This is the Flyers first win against Edmonton since a 4-2 win on 3/19/01 in Edmonton; their last win in Philly was a 2-0 win on 11/9/00. This was Jeff Carter's first two-goal game since 1/23 (a 4-1 win in Chicago). Carter's 30th goal came against the Maple Leafs last year on 3/7/10. Tonight was Bobrovsky's first one-goal game since his 1-0 loss to the Kings on 2/13; Bob's last one-goal game that resulted in a win was 1/23 against the Blackhawks. The Flyers went 1-0-0 against the Oilers in the 2010-2011 season and are now 3-1-1 against the Northwest division (VAN 0-1-0, CAL 0-0-1, MIN 1-0-0, COL 1-0-0, EDM 1-0-0).
Every team in every sport goes through a rough patch. This week, the Flyers endured their first rough stretch of the season. Having only had a three game losing streak back in October, the Flyers had yet to really endure a losing streak similar to their recent four game slide.
Prior to their win against Edmonton last night, the Flyers had lost in Ottawa before losing back-to-back home games against the Maple Leafs and Sabres capping off the whole thing by being blown out by the Rangers in New York on Sunday.
In the past week, the Flyers lost three of the four games in the losing streak (Maple Leafs, Sabres, and Rangers). In those three games, the Flyers lost three leads (two taking place in the Toronto game) and were out scored 6-0 in the third periods of those games.
Fortunately, the Flyers started going down the right path at the end of the week beating the league's worst team in the Oilers 4-1 last night.
Several Flyers had a big week despite the team going 1-3-0 as a whole. Kris Versteeg registered three goals on the week highlighted with a two-goal performance against Toronto on Thursday. Jeff Carter helped Philly achieve their only win on the week netting two against Edmonton last night. He only scored one goal this week, but Kimmo Timonen's goal happened to be his 100th career goal. Timonen scored the goal during the second period of Saturday's game against Buffalo.
The Flyers have an opportunity to cancel out their recent woes with a winning streak against easily beatable opponents this week. After playing a desperate team in the Maple Leafs on Thursday, the Flyers play the Thrashers (3-6-1 in their last ten) on Saturday and the Panthers (3-5-2 in their last ten) on Tuesday.
Here's a look at how our division did this week:
Pittsburgh Penguins: 2-0-2. Having three of their four games end in overtime this week, the Pens probably had the most entertaining week out of anybody in the Atlantic division. Overtime losses to the Maple Leafs and Devils along with an overtime win against Boston sums up the work Pittsburgh endured in the extra time this week. Add on a 3-1 win over Buffalo last night and one has the Pens record of 2-0-2.
After Phil Kessel tied the game at two five minutes into the third period, Mikhail Grabovski found the back of the net forty-two seconds into OT to strand the Pens with just a point on Wednesday.
Two nights later, Ilya Kovalchuk ripped one past Brent Johson to leave Pittsburgh with the same feeling of dissapointment as only twenty-five seconds remained in the overtime period.
The next day, Dustin Jeffrey finally put the Pens on the right side of an overtime goal. Scoring a minute and fifty-two seconds into the extra period, Jeffrey erased the Penguins earlier lapse in the game where they allowed a goal with just thirty-three seconds left in regulation.
Dustin Jeffrey had a big week for the Penguins scoring two goals in their overtime win against Boston. Matt Niskanen had a big game on Wednesday having a rare two-point night registering his first goal of the season as well as assisting on Chris Conner's second period goal.
Pittsburgh will be getting its fill of Canada this week as they host the Canadiens on Saturday and the Oilers on Sunday only to follow up those games with a visit to Ottawa on Tuesday.
New York Rangers: 2-1-0. The Rangers week progressively got better as they went from losing by three to winning by seven.
After Sean Avery opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game on Thursday against Minnesota, the Wild rattled off the next three to take the game 3-1. With the win, Wild netminder Jose Theodore is now 9-0-1 against the Rangers in his last ten games at Madison Square Garden.
Despite playing on back-to-back nights and traveling to Ottawa, the Rangers were able to beat the Sens 4-1 on Friday. Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist while Wojtek Wolski had two assists.
Returning to New York for their Sunday game against divisional rival Philly, the Rangers enjoyed one of their biggest wins of the season. Beating the Flyers 7-0, Ryan Callahan had a four-goal game while Mats Zuccarello had a two-goal game in the Rangers first win over the Flyers all season long.
Callahan definitely had the biggest week for the Rangers as he had a five-point game for New York on Sunday against Philly. In addition to his four goal, one assist effort on Sunday, Callahan had an assist in the Ottawa game on Friday. Vinny Prospal had a goal and three assists this week highlighted by his two-assist performance on Sunday.
In the upcoming week, the Rangers play the Ducks tonight, Sharks on Saturday, and Islanders on Tuesday.
New Jersey Devils: 3-1-0. If it wasn't for Ottawa rookie Erik Condra, the Devils could be looking at a 4-0-0 record this week. One-goal victories over the Lightning and Penguins with a shootout win over the Islanders on Sunday gave the Devils three wins on the week before falling to the Sens 2-1 last night.
A late second period goal by Henrik Tallinder along with a Kovalchuk goal in the third erased a 1-0 deficit and gave the Devils a 2-1 over the visiting Lightning on Wednesday.
After Kovalchuk scored in overtime to beat Pittsburgh on Friday, the Devils found themselves in another close game Sunday against the Isles. Blake Comeau tied the game up at two with just three minutes and forty-two seconds left in regulation. As neither team found a goal for the rest of regulation or overtime, the game went to a shootout. In the sixth round of the shootout, Brian Rolston was able to put the puck past Al Montoya to give New Jersey the additional point.
Condra opened the scoring on Tuesday four minutes and forty-five seconds into the game. After Patrik Elias tied the game early in the second period, Condra scored his second goal of the game (and forth of the season) with just two minutes and thirteen seconds left in regulation.
As expected, Kovalchuk had a huge week for the Devils. Kovy scored the game-winning goals in the Devils' games against the Lightning and Penguins. Kovalchuk also scored a goal in the third period on Sunday against the Isles before scoring a shootout goal to keep the Devils alive for the extra point.
The Devils look to gain ground in the standings against two of the Eastern Conference's weaker teams this week. A trip to Atlanta on Friday is followed up with home games against the Isles on Saturday and Thrashers on Tuesday.
New York Islanders: 3-1-0. Considering their only loss was a six round shootout loss to the red hot Devils, the Islanders had a week to be satisfied with. Three goal wins over the Wild and Blues along with an overtime win over the Maple Leafs last night gave the Isles three wins on the week.
Scoring four unanswered goals to open the scoring Wednesday, the Islanders waltzed their way to a 4-1 win against the visiting Wild.
Spending the first two periods of their game Saturday similar to how they spent them Wednesday, the Isles scored three unanswered goals before Andy McDonald responded early in the third period for the Blues. Unable to get his team motivated, McDonald and the rest of the St. Louis squad fell to the Islanders 5-2.
After enduring the shootout loss to New Jersey on Sunday, the Islanders found a way of their own to win past regulation. With just under a minute left before the shootout, Blake Comeau tipped in a Radek Martinek shot to edge out the visiting Maple Leafs 4-3.
Blake Comeau had four goals on the week including a two-goal game against Minnesota on Wednesday and the overtime goal against Toronto last night. Frans Nielsen had a goal and five assists this week highlighted by a three assist night against Minnesota. Nielsen also had the Isles' lone goal in the shootout on Sunday.
The Islanders have a rough schedule this week as they host Boston on Friday, visit the Devils on Saturday, and visit the Rangers on Tuesday.
In what was hands down their worst effort all year long, the Flyers were absolutely dominated by the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden by a 7-0 count, to extend their losing streak to a season-high four games.
A career-high four-goal game from Ryan Callahan, including the game-winning goal inside the first minute of play, helped in the embarrassment of the Eastern Conference leaders on a gloomy Sunday.
Mats Zuccarello added on two while Artem Anisimov had a goal as well, while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a twenty-four save shutout.
Unlike Saturday's matinee setback, the Flyers got off to a rough start today. As Brandon Dubinsky danced behind Philly's goal line, he eventually came out to Brian Boucher's right throwing a backhand to the crease. Callahan, standing at the top of the crease, was able to tip it past Boucher to give the Rangers a 1-0 advantage at 51 seconds and put the Flyers in an immediate hole.
Hoping to even the score after killing off a Jody Shelley tripping penalty, the Flyers had a power play of their own. As Ruslan Fedotenko sat in the box for holding, the Flyers had a well organized and dangerous power play chance. However, not a single shot, including a Mike Richards tip that just missed the net, was able to find a path past Lundqvist.
Attempting to get his team fired up, Shelley ramped up the physicality. Putting a heavy check on Matt Gilroy along the boards, Brian Boyle took exception to the hit and dropped his gloves with Shelley. Boyle ended up losing the fight and received an instigator for his actions.
After a series of bad calls for both teams, the Rangers found themselves on a shortened power-play opportunity.
Holding the puck at the bottom of the circle to Boucher's right, Callahan was able to roof the puck as Boucher had already dropped to a knee and the Flyers' defense gave him ample time and space to shoot. Callahan's eighteenth on the season and second on the day gave the Rangers a two-goal lead with just over seven minutes left in the first period.
Coming out angry about the first period, Richards dropped the gloves with Dubinsky after he had applied several good checks to multiple Rangers. Getting the worst of it, Richards went to the penalty box for five minutes with a cut above his nose.
Seemingly unmotivated by the leadership displayed, the Flyers almost gave the Rangers a three-goal lead. After a lazy clear attempt by Sean O'Donnell, the Rangers centered a pass to the slot where it was redirected past Boucher by Sean Avery. The goal was disallowed because replay showed that Avery blatantly kicked the puck out of mid-air.
After more pushing and shoving, end-to-end action ensued for several minutes ultimately leading to the Rangers' third goal. Coming in on a 2-on-1, Zuccarello lifted the puck just enough above Boucher's right leg pad and just inside his blocker from the right wing. The former Norwegian Olympian's fifth goal gave the Rangers a comfortable lead of 3-0 with fifteen minutes left in the middle period.
Not satisfied with a two-goal day, Callahan decided to make it a hat trick. As the puck hit people in front of the net, Kris Versteeg picked up the puck only to turn it over to Callahan who was walking into the slot. Naturally, the skilled winger put the puck top right corner past a startled Boucher for a four-goal edge. Callahan's third goal of the game forced Peter Laviolette to pull his embattled starting netminder after four goals on eighteen shots.
Sergei Bobrovsky made a couple huge leg pad saves to keep the Flyers in the game as the rest of the second period went without a goal and the Rangers entered the final twenty minutes with a four-goal lead.
The Flyers started off the third period with the first power play opportunity. As Artem Anisimov went to the sin bin for high-sticking, the Flyers' power play failed with a shortened chance as Danny Briere was sent off for interference.
Callahan continued to torture the visitors, opening the scoring in the final stanza by redirecting a shot to give the Blueshirts a 5-0 advantage.
As Matt Gilroy had the puck at the top of the circle to Bobrovsky's left, he found Callahan at the top of the crease with a pass as the net, which was wide open to receive a skate-boot redirection while Bob was out of position.
Not finished scoring for the day, the Rangers added on yet another goal late in the third. Catching the Flyers in a line change, Anisimov found himself on a breakaway against Bobrovsky and made him look silly. Acting as if he was going to go glove side, Anisimov stopped and slid it past Bob's right leg pad for a six- goal Rangers' lead.
Still refusing to let up, Zuccarello found the back of the net for his second goal of the game coming with one minute and thirteen seconds left in regulation.
The Flyers were simply never a part of the game. From the opening seconds to the final moments, the Rangers dictated play and dominated the Flyers in every aspect of the game. Forechecking, physicality, and defensive were all aspects of the game owned by the Rangers.
You can't even come close to blaming this on a lack of firepower, because although Jeff Carter was a late scratch with the flu and Dan Carcillo also sat out as a precaution due to illness, plenty of other Philly sticks came up firing blanks.
It was the worst loss the Flyers have ever suffered at Madison Square Garden. The previous high was five goals, last coming in a 5-0 New York win on March 21, 2007.
Notes: The 7-goal loss was the Flyers first loss of that magnitude since October 17, 2006 (9-1 loss at Buffalo)...Callahan's four-goal game was the first four-goal game against the Flyers this season; it's the second four-goal game by a Ranger this year following Marian Gaborik against Toronto on January 19...Alex Kovalev was the last opposing player to tally four times against Philadelphia, on January 3, 2010 in a 7-4 Senators win in Ottawa...The Flyers are now 4-1-0 against the Rangers this season and 14-3-1 against Atlantic division teams (PIT 3-1-0, NYR 4-1-0, NJD 3-1-1, NYI 4-0-0).
The Flyers lost their third consecutive game on Saturday when the visiting Sabres won 5-3. Three goals in a span of three minutes and forty seconds in the second period turned a two-goal Flyers lead into a one-goal deficit. Jason Pominville put away the game-winner six minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the final period. The loss drops Philly to 40-18-6 on the season.
After an opening ten minutes that saw several chances, including a shot off the post by Kimmo Timonen, the Flyers finally capitalized on a powerplay later in the first period. As Shaone Morrisonn sat in the box for a delay of game call, Matt Carle found himself in the corner to the left of Ryan Miller with the puck. Carle centered the puck to Mike Richards who then tipped it to Kris Versteeg for an open net goal. Versteeg's eighteenth goal, and fourth as a Flyer, gave Philly the 1-0 lead with just over seven minutes left to play in the first.
In what was possibly his most skillful goal of the season, James van Riemsdyk added on his sixteenth goal to extend the Flyers' lead to two. Picking up the puck in the neutral zone, JVR was able to fight off Morrisonn for a 2-on-1 opportunity. As Jordan Leopald dropped to the ice to block the pass, JVR put the puck on his backhand and roofed a shot over Miller's glove. Coming with just two minutes and thirty-eight seconds left in the period, the Flyers then cruised into the second with the two-goal lead.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, a common trait of their game this season has been to dominate early and then allow the opposition back into the game with a brief lapse of discipline. A perfect example of that was in today's game when Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis, and Andrej Sekera scored in a three minute and forty second span early in the second period.
The first of the three goals came after the Flyers had just killed off a Chris Pronger tripping penalty. Unable to clear the zone, Braydon Coburn turned the puck over along the boards to Ennis who then passed it to Thomas Vanek behind the net to Sergei Bobrovsky's right. Passing it to the slot, Vanek was able to find Stafford who was able to lift it over Bob's shoulder after he had dropped to his knees too early. Stafford's twenty-fifth goal on the season broke up Bob's shutout and put the Sabres right back in the game.
Just under two minutes later, a lucky goal coming off of an awkward play erased Philly's lead. As Ennis entered the zone, he moved down into the corner to Bob's right and centered a pass to the slot. With Bob hugging the right post and Patrick Kaleta sliding into the open part of the net, the puck somehow found it's way from the corner past the goal-line to tie the game at two. Ennis picked up his fourteenth goal and the Sabres picked up a new chance for victory.
Before the Flyers could even realize what was happening, Sekera found his way onto the scoresheet by scoring on a wrap around as a result of a broken play. After initially being stuffed by Bobrovsky's left leg pad on a backhand attempt while moving from right to left across the top of the crease, Sekera regained possession of the puck behind the goal and wrapped around the net to the right post sliding a shot under a diving Coburn. Sekera's third was also the Sabres' third in the game.
Addressing the need to stop Buffalo's offensive explosion, the Flyers answered quickly with a goal of their own. With Versteeg in the sin bin for slashing, Coburn and Kimmo Timonen put on an offensive show starting with a 2-on-1. After that had failed, the puck was about to leave the zone before Coburn picked it up and lifted a pass to Timonen. Gloving the puck to the ice, Timonen took a second to line up a shot and put it top right corner to tie the game at three. Timonen's shorthanded goal was his fourth on the season.
The rest of Versteeg's penalty was killed off successfully as the rest of the middle stanza saw no more scoring from either side. The chance for Philly to grab two points from a praying-for-the-playoffs hungry Buffalo team was still possible with just twenty minutes left in regulation.
Six minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the third period, Pominville tipped a shot passed Bob to give the Sabres all they needed to win. Vanek skated into the zone along the benches and stopped at the top of the circle to Bob's right. As he dumped the puck to the slot, a hustling Pominville was able to put a stick on it and put it over the glove of a sprawled out Bobrovsky.
A Miller delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass couldn't help the Flyers at all as Nathan Gerbe added on an empty net goal just before the last minute of play to make the final score 5-3.
Playing back-to-back teams who are fighting for a playoff spot while they sit atop the conference could be a good reason as to why the Flyers have been getting outplayed lately. Add in players missing starts due to the flu and there's no need to get worked up over the Flyers' losing streak.
However, every game has importance and the easiest road to the Stanley Cup comes from being the top seed. As the Bruins and other teams gain momentum going into the final stretch of the season, the Flyers need to buckle down and wake up before it's too late.
Notes: Timonen's goal in the second was his 100th career goal. This is only the Flyers' second three-game losing streak of the season; first was October 14th- October 21st. The last team the Flyers have beaten in regulation is the Rangers, who they play tomorrow in New York. The Flyers are now 2-1-0 against the Sabres on the season and 10-6-0 against the Northeast division (BOS 1-2-0, MTL 3-1-0, BUF 2-1-0, TOR 2-1-0, OTT 2-1-0).