Three weeks ago, the two players that carried the Flyers to the All-Star break displayed their talents as part of All-Star weekend in Columbus.
The Flyers have played nine games since the All-Star Game. Claude Giroux has no goals and four assists. Jake Voracek has one goal and three assists.
It was inevitable that the Flyers top two players would cool eventually. But after nine games, and as the hopes for a playoff appearance are greater jeopardized, the Flyers need the top line to return to form in a hurry.
In each of the Flyers last three seasons, the playoff push has not been easy.
In a lockout-shortened 2013 season, the Flyers carried a frantic playoff push into the final few games. Last season, it took a rally from a horrendous start to the season just to make the playoffs. The Flyers finally clinched a spot with three games remaining in the regular season.
Now there is the 2014-15 season and the Flyers even crazier path into playoff relevancy. It was there on Tuesday night, as the Flyers were presented with a chance to close the gap to four points in the standings. Riding a nine-game points streak, the Flyers fell to pieces on several occasions, falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the fourth time in five games this season.
PHILADELPHIA -- Despite a two-point effort from Michael Del Zotto and a season-high 44 shots on goal, the Flyers could not figure out the Columbus Blue Jackets for the fourth time this season on Tuesday, losing 5-2.
Matt Calvert also added two goals (including an empty-netter) in the third period, while Curtis McElhinney made 42 saves -- the first time all season he saved over 40 pucks.