Flyers Fall Flat Against Blues

Published on October 23rd, 2011

Flyers Briere battles Blues Sobotka for puck

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers looked like a team coming off of a long road-trip instead of a team playing Game 2 of a 3-game homestand.  They lost to the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in an uninspiring performance by the orange and black.  On Thursday, they had lost in regulation for the 1st time this season falling to the Washington Capitals 5-2.  As a result, they opted to shuffle their offensive lines for this game.  It did not have the desired effect.

Brian Elliott started in net for the Blues and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Simmonds-Schenn
JVR-Voracek-Read
Talbot-Nodl-Couturier

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Pronger-Carle
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-Lilja

The Flyers came out sleepwalking and let a poor goal in early.  Defenseman Kent Huskins wristed it in at 1:48 of the 1st period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.  Many fans had not even gotten to their seats yet.  They did not look much better after that giving up another goal at 10:04 when center T.J. Oshie knocked it into the open net for the Blues.  Flyers looked sluggish and out-of-sync.  Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette utilized his time-out at this point to try and get his team back on-track. 

On the Flyers’ 1st period, Danny Briere said, “We had a hard time making a ten foot pass tonight.  Maybe not the whole game but in the first period.  I thought it was much better after that. You take a period off in this league it’s going to cost you and it did tonight.”

The Flyers came out in the 2nd with some life as Briere stormed in and blasted it past Elliott at 0:56.  The Flyers had a lot more jump in this period and looked poised to tie the game. Following a failed Flyers power-play, however, the Blues were able to restore their 2-goal lead when Carlo Colaiacovo scored at 15:36 to make it 3-1.  Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers and Barrett Jackman of the Blues dropped the gloves near the end of the period.  It was a long, draining bout that did not have a decisive winner.

Flyers captain Chris Pronger was happy with their play in the 2nd period.  “Well if we would have played like we did for most of the second period during the whole game. We had them heading to their end for probably ten minutes of the twenty and didn’t get much out of it. Controlled the play and worked it. We were skating and again we’ve got to do that for sixty minutes to make it tough for teams to play in here and be more physical”

At 13:14 of 3rd period, the Flyers made it 3-2 when Matt Carle scored a power-play goal.  The Blues came right back though.  Just over a minute later, Matt D’Agostini back-handed it past Bryzgalov on the power-play to make it 4-2.  It was a crushing goal that ended any chance of the Flyers coming back.

Briere on the loss said, “It looked like we were the team traveling all night. We had no legs skating and our execution was the worst it’s been all year.  We can use all kinds of excuses but the penalties or the line changes.  It’s simple…we didn’t skate and we didn’t execute.”

The Flyers next game is at home Monday vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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