Flyers Lose Two Goal Lead, Fall To Ducks 3-2

Published on October 30th, 2013

By Anthony Mingioni

The Philadelphia Flyers got the start they wanted against one of the better teams in the National Hockey League.

Put succinctly…they sure didn’t get the finish they were looking for.

Giveaways and a lack of skating legs in the third period led the Flyers to a third period meltdown, allowing the Anaheim Ducks to rally from a 2-0 deficit and win 3-2 on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The loss drops the Flyers to 3-8 for the season and snapped their two game winning streak.

“Well it’s tough when you lose the puck and turn it over too much, and you’re not really skating too much and you’re in your own end too much,” head coach Craig Berube said. “We didn’t do a very good job with the puck half of the second and third period, and that caused all the problems.”

In the first period, Philadelphia got off to their most complete period of the season so far. They matched one of the faster skating teams in the NHL stride for stride and got both their first period goals on strong pinpoint passing.

Winger Matt Read got the Flyers started early at the 3:40 mark of the first period when he received a crisp on the tape pass from Wayne Simmonds just before Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin could rotate over to cover. Read fired a shot that Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller stopped, but the rebound went right back to Read who fired it home.

After Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf took a slashing penalty on Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn, Claude Giroux made them pay for it when he hit a no look cross ice pass to Vincent Lecavalier to mark the Flyers to a two goal lead.

However as the second period pressed on, the Ducks began playing better defensive hockey, walling the play up in front of Hiller.

The Flyers struggled to gain pressure into the offensive zone. The Ducks cut into their two goal margin when defenseman Nicklas Grossmann turned the puck over, leading to a two on one rush with Getzlaf and forward Andrew Coligliano.

Getzlaf shot went wide but a perfect board carom allowed Coligliano to fire the puck in before Mason knew what happened.

From there onward it seemed the Flyers began to slow their skating and the Ducks used that opportunity to pounce on them early in the third period.

A mere 1:01 into the period, forward Kyle Palmieri sped into the zone, catching an errant pass from Lecavalier and beat Mason on his backhand to tie the game.

The Flyers barely got any sustained pressure in the offensive zone and the Ducks began to pour in the shots, outshooting the home side 16-6 in the third period.

“We obviously didn’t answer,” said Simmonds. “It’s really disappointing. We had the game. We were up 2-0 and we just stopped playing.”

It was almost a complete 180 degree turn from the first period when the Flyers held a 15-10 shot advantage.

The Ducks would finally get their reward for the puck pressure when Lecavalier was forced into a turnover while attempting to finish a check along the side boards. The puck ended up on Nick Bonino’s stick and he fired a shot that Palmieri perfectly tipped home to give the Ducks the lead to stay.

Shortly after, the Ducks were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty at the 17:05 mark, but the Flyers were unable to capitalize on that one final opportunity. Read reflected the team’s concerns over being unable to capitalize on what they were able to do in the first period.

“It’s frustrating.  It’s one of those games where the first period was probably one of our best periods of the year, and then we shut down and stopped playing Flyers hockey.  Not playing to our systems, not moving our feet, it’s something that we’ve got to get better at and learn as a group; to take advantage of teams when we have the lead.”

The Flyers next play the Washington Capitals on Friday at home.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

Comments

  1. Posted by C.ruberto on November 1st, 2013, 14:01

    You have to play 60 minutes, to much parity. Slowness of the feet will be the ultimate undoing