When the Flyers lost to Nashville on Saturday night, it was difficult to tell if the Flyers were experiencing the pitfalls of a break or just struggling to get going against a tough defensive team.
The Arizona Coyotes entered Monday's game allowing 111 goals this season, fourth-most in the NHL. This was not a feared defense. And the Flyers made them look like one.
When the Flyers finally turned it on, they nearly made it all the way back. In 10 minutes of energetic play, the Flyers almost got a point. But it's the play in the first 50 minutes, most notably the second period, that was so alarming.
The Flyers loss to Nashville on Saturday was somewhat expected, especially off of a break. But as the road trip entered the latter half of eight games, the schedule appeared to be significantly easier.
The Arizona Coyotes had other ideas.
A late goal in the first by Shane Doan gave the Coyotes the lead and they never looked back, downing the Flyers, 3-1, on Monday night at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Az.