The Philadelphia Flyers had a closed door meeting after their ugly loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday. Dave Hakstol gave them a punishing practice yesterday, and Ron Hextall publicly called them out. Then they came out last night and scored on their first shot to take an early lead.
Ultimately, none of it mattered.
The Flyers again lost in convincing fashion last night, 5-2, to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are a better team than the struggling Avalanche, but that is not much comfort. The players already look frustrated, and I wouldn't blame fans or management for feeling the same these days. The Flyers only managed 20 shots on goal, and have now lost eight of their last nine games.