Claude Giroux scored the Flyers lone goal in Tuesday night's shootout as the Flyers dropped to 0-2-2 with a 4-3 loss to the Ducks.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
Not even a shooting gallery could save the Flyers from the dreaded shootout on Tuesday night. The Flyers took 42 shots in 65 minutes of play against the Ducks, including
But only three of those 42 shots beat Frederik Andersen, sending the game to the skills competition of doom.
Since the origin of the shootout, following the 2004 NHL Lockout, the Flyers have the second-fewest wins by virtue of the shooting in the NHL with 27. The Hurricanes are the only team trailing the Flyers with 26. Overall, the Flyers are 27-53 in shootouts.
Steve Mason and the Flyers have just two points to show for solid efforts in their first four games.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
Jake Voracek fired a backhand to the top shelf with 5:20 to go in the third period. It helped the Flyers get a point in Tuesday night's game against the Ducks.
But at the end of the night, the Flyers were still winless through four games, following a 4-3 shootout loss. They have two points in the standings, the same as they did following eight games last season.
The Flyers 0-2-2 record resembles last season's slow start. It is just the fourth time in franchise history the Flyers have gone winless through the first four games of the season.
That said, the Flyers have performed better than the results have shown. In the last two games, the shootout proved to be the difference, leaving the Flyers with nothing but two points to show for a efforts good enough for wins.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ woes continued on Tuesday night as they lost to the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout, 4-3, extending their losing streak to their first four straight games.
Flyers goals came courtesy of Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek, while Tim Jackman, Devonte Smith-Pelly, Matt Beleskey, and William Karlsson (SO) scored for the Ducks. Steve Mason recorded 25 saves on 28 shots. On the other side of the rink, Frederik Andersen held the Flyers to three goals on 42 shots.
Going into game number four of the season, the Philadelphia Flyers are still looking for their first victory. With two days of rest, they take on a well traveled Anaheim Ducks team tonight at 7:00pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers will be shuffling lines once again, as they announced Monday that center Vincent Lecavalier will be out for two weeks with a left foot injury. Blair Jones will get a chance with the fourth line, while the speedy 29-year-old Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will move up to the second line to center Brayden Schenn and leading goal scorer Wayne Simmonds.
After a disappointing 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night, the Flyers will look to put together a full sixty minute effort for their first win. Leading 3-0 after two periods, they allowed Montreal to get back into the game and then tie it in regulation, despite the stellar play of goaltender Ray Emery. Winger P.A Parenteau scored for Montreal in the fourth round of the shootout, the only goal allowed by either netminder. The one point in the standings was half of what the Flyers could have and should have had. That one definitely slipped through their fingers.
The Flyers take on an Anaheim squad that is coming off of a dominating 5-1 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres on Columbus Day afternoon. They out shot Buffalo 44-12 and rookie centerman William Karlsson picked up the first two goals of his career. Tonight is the last of a four game road stretch for the Ducks, who head home to face the Minnesota Wild on Friday. This current Ducks team is the first since 2005 to not have Teemu Selanne on the roster. The future first ballot Hall of Famer retired in May after the Ducks’ playoff loss to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the L.A Kings. The Ducks are now lead by captain Ryan Getzlaf, winger Corey Perry and another sniper, Ryan Kesler, acquired in the offseason from Vancouver for Nick Bonino, former Flyer Luca Sbisa and two draft picks. The trio of Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler have amassed 15 points in their first four games.
Goalie Steve Mason is scheduled to be back between the pipes for the Flyers. He lost both games to them last season, carrying a 3.61 GAA and a .891 save percentage. The Ducks are scheduled to counter with netminder John Gibson, who was torched for six goals on October 9th in his native Pittsburgh against the Penguins.
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A look at the Flyers October schedule and the way the first three games have played out brings a frightening though to mind.
Last season, the Flyers started the season 1-7-0 in eight games. For the second straight season, the Flyers have opened with three straight losses after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
It was a game where the Flyers led 3-0 following two periods. There were two points easily within their grasp. They managed one. With the type of schedule facing the Flyers in October, points cannot be given away.