It's another week with one win and two losses for the Flyers. A 1-0-2 week is certainly a lot better than the ones of recent memory, but the team is still struggling for points in the standings and goals on the ice.
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Thanks to a two-goal effort from Kevin Sundher -- his second and third of the season, respectively -- the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday handily beat the Providence Bruins, 4-1.
The Phantoms (7-8-1) entered the game with a three-point lead over the Bruins for seventh in the eight-team Atlantic Division, and the Bruins' losing streak has now stretched to seven games. Friday's contest was the third of six meetings between both teams this season, with the Phantoms now taking a 2-1 series lead.
The Philadelphia Flyers continue to play much better hockey, although another result slipped through their fingers. Two nights after seeing a lead slip away late, the Flyers couldn't find the back of the net and eventually succumbed in overtime to the San Jose Sharks, 1-0.
It took 63:45, but one team finally scored at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.
At 3-on-3, plays develop quickly. After killing off a late third-period penalty taken by Wayne Simmonds, the teams had 3:19 of 3-on-3 time.
A two-on-one between Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson developed going the other way. Donskoi fed a pass over a diving Michael Del Zotto and onto the stick of Karlsson who put it under the bar for the game-winning goal at 3:45 of overtime, giving the San Jose Sharks a 1-0 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.
Two seasons ago, the Philadelphia Flyers exuded resilience. The club could scarcely have faced more in-season adversity and battled through it successfully.
That year, the Flyers established a new franchise record for comeback victories after trailing at some point within the third period. The club won 11 such games. Correspondingly, the club pulled off the rare feat of digging out of a 1-7-0 hole at the start of the season to finish with 94 points and a playoff spot.
Simultaneously, the team ended up with seven different 20-goal scorers for the season after the team scored just 22 goals through its first 15 games.
While many of the players who gave the 2013-14 Flyers the leadership character and backbone to repeatedly beat the odds are still with the team -- including the likes of Claude Giroux, JakubVoracek, Wayne Simmonds, Steve Mason and Mark Streit -- the team lost some of its key leadership group members who helped shape the never-say-die identity the club developed. The likes of the now-retired Kimmo Timonen and the traded Scott Hartnell are no longer around, and their galvanizing presence has arguably been missed as much in the dressing room as on the ice.
Over the last season-plus, one of the challenges faced by the Flyers' leadership group has been to establish a similar ability to battle through adversity and find ways to come away with a win -- or at least one point in the standings -- at the end of the night. That is why the club found encouragement in its last two games.