Flyers Scoring Woes Continue, Fall to Devils 3-0

Published on November 8th, 2013

By Anthony Mingioni

The Philadelphia Flyers’ early season scoring problems continued to rear their ugly head as they fell to the New Jersey Devils 3-0 at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

The loss dropped Philadelphia to 4-10-1 and eighth place in the Metropolitan Division. It also left them with a very concerning goals scored average of 1.47 per game.

The Devils got their due through deflections in front of Flyers goalie Ray Emery. They got in in front of the home side early when an Eric Gelinas point shot was redirected by Adam Henrique at the 1:57 mark of the first period.

Enforcer Cam Janssen gave New Jersey a two goal cushion early in the third period when he got his stick on defenseman Adam Larsson’s shot.

On the scoring play, defenseman Andrej Meszaros was knocked off the puck then lost his stick, leading to hesitation over whether he should retrieve it or stay with his man.

While Janssen excitedly celebrated only his fourth goal of his NHL career, the Flyers visibly sagged after that…getting very little pressure for the remainder of the contest.

Without any real sustained fore checking effort, combined with errant passes that were easily read by Devils’ players as the game continued…the team’s efforts alternated with spurts of speed with a slow pace that made the game easy pickings for a visiting team that was struggling themselves coming into the game.

“We’re just not penetrating, not getting quality shots, we’re thinking too much about passing instead of shooting,” Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds said.

There were times during the game where the Flyers tried to be too fine with the puck and attempted to make the perfect pass and play.

Simmonds acknowledged that could be a definite symptom for what ails them in the goal scoring department.

“When things aren’t going for you, you tend to look for the extra play. But when things are going for you, you just throw things at the net and you get bounces, whether it’s off other teams’ skates and sticks, you know the dirty goals.”

Another major area of concern was the ineffectiveness of the power play…as it has been all season. They were thoroughly outworked by New Jersey’s penalty killers, going 0 for 3.

“I think there are some games where you can go back and the power play looked good and the puck didn’t just go in,” Flyers head coach Craig Berube said. “But on a consistent, nightly basis you have to outwork the penalty killing of the other team and you have to create momentum for your team, and they did not do that tonight.”

Martin Brodeur finished the game with 22 saves for his 12th career shutout against Philadelphia, but was scarcely tested throughout the contest. Other than a goal mouth scramble in the second period involving Sean Couturier, many of the Flyers chances either came from shots from the perimeter that the Devils goalie could see easily or the occasional moments of puck possession that would dissipate almost as quickly.

Former Flyer Jaromir Jagr set the final score with an unassisted empty net goal with just under two seconds remaining.

After the game, Flyers players conducted a 15 minute players-only meeting.

Meszaros felt that it was both necessary and beneficial.

“Yes, it was good that we talked.  We got to straighten some things up and we talked about it.  We have to move forward, we have a lot of games left to turn this thing around.”

Whether that meeting and Friday’s subsequent practice will affect their play remains to be seen… the team will find out soon enough on Saturday afternoon at 1pm when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

 

Flyers goalie Ray Emery |  Source:  Andrew King

Flyers goalie Ray Emery | Source: Andrew King

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