Flyers Drop to 1-7

Published on October 17th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday October 17, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers played their arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on this night and that helped them play with more emotion than they had been playing with so far this season.  But they still struggled to score and lost 4-1.  The Flyers now have a week off to lick their wounds and figure out how to turn their season around.

For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Pens and Steve Mason for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-McGinn-Voracek
B.Schenn-Simmonds-Raffl
Talbot-Couturier-Read
Hall-Rinaldo-Newbury

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Gustafsson
Streit-L.Schenn
Grossmann-Coburn

The Pens came out strong in the 1st period and took charge putting the Flyers on their heels.  Mason made some stellar saves though and was vital in the Flyers killing off two early power-plays.  The Flyers were able to weather the storm and came alive as the period progressed.  They had several prime scoring opportunities late in the period but could not convert.  It was scoreless after one period of play with the Pens leading in shots 12 to 8.

Pens forward Jussi Jokinen scored at 9:43 of the 2nd period.  It was the Pens’ 10th shot of the period with the Flyers having none at that point.  The Pens continued the bombardment getting their 2nd goal at 12:13 when Chris Kunitz pounded in a loose puck.  The Flyers got a late power-play and were able to get on the board at 19:57 when Wayne Simmonds tipped it in.  The Flyers were being outshot 29 to 13 but only trailed 2-1 at the 2nd intermission.  Also noteworthy in this period:  Kimmo Timonen departed during it with a lower body injury and did not return.

The Flyers pressed for the equalizer in the 3rd period.  They had two power-plays early on but seemed snakebit as they had Fleury seemingly beat but could not finish.  The Pens played on the defensive allowing the Flyers to dictate play but the Flyers could not make them pay.  Pens captain Sidney Crosby got a late goal and then winger Evgeni Malkin ended the scoring with an empty-netter.

Simmonds on the Flyers’ effort said, “We were alright in the first.   Second period was awful…We were brutal.  We weren’t executing work, getting pucks deep, weren’t turning over pucks in neutral zone.  They are a good transition team.  We couldn’t break the puck out of our own zone and they took advantage of that.”

On the stronger 3rd period, he said, “We have got to play like that for 60 minutes.  Obviously we need to start being more desperate.  It’s just not good enough.”

The Flyers’ next game is in one week at home vs. the New York Rangers.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

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