Philadelphia Flyers vs Phoenix Coyotes 10/11/13

Published on October 12th, 2013


PHILADELPHIA – Not only did the Philadelphia Flyers suffer their fourth loss in just the first five games of the season, but they also lost two of their top six forwards in Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier.

“It doesn’t matter [losing two players], does it?” said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. “I mean, we’ve got to win hockey games. People will come in and fill in for them.”

In just his second game as the new coach, Berube finds his team second to last in the NHL.

“I think we did a good job of getting the puck deep and getting some offense,” said Flyers captain Claude Giroux. “We had our chances, but it’s the same story again. We need to find a way to put it in.”

The Flyers have had difficulties putting the puck in the back of the net this season. In all the games so far this season, they have only scored six goals and have been doubled up by allowing 12.

The six goals scored sets a franchise record for the fewest goals in five games.

“We had some good looks, but we’re not desperate enough around the net for me,” Berube said. “We don’t have enough traffic at the net getting those second and third opportunities. We need to get some greasy goals.”

The Flyers goaltender expressed the same sentiments.

“It’s difficult to see the boys feeling this way right now,” Steve Mason said. “It’s not for a lack of effort because everybody in this room cares tremendously, but we are going to have to start scoring. We just have to keep working for it.”

It looked like the Flyers would get off to a quick start and goal with three shots on goal within the first 90 seconds, but it quickly faded.

Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris took a shot from the blue line. It was deflected up high by forward Rob Klinkhammer and slid under the legs of goaltender Steven Mason, who didn’t seem to know where the puck was, 2:41 in the game.

Flyers forward Adam Hall had the chance to tie the game at 9:17 of the first when he drew a penalty shot after a short-handed break, but too many moves caused him to lose control of the puck.

Despite a lackluster second period, the Flyers were able to score with 2:31 left. A turnaround shot from forward Zac Rinaldo redirected off Max Talbot’s skate and went in.

But a bad penalty from Rinaldo in the final minute gave the Coyotes a late chance.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson toe dragged around Talbot and wristed a shot on net. The puck bounced off Mason’s gloves and landed behind him to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead with 12.9 seconds remaining in the second period.

Rinaldo took another bad penalty in the third just 2:13 in. He cross checked Paul Bissonnette from behind and knocked him head-first into Mason, who was shook up, but stayed in the game.
“It’s a dumb penalty,” Berube said. “It’s a fine line with him. You can’t cross it and he did.”

Though the Coyotes didn’t score on the ensuing power play, the Flyers were unable to gain any momentum and could not get sustained pressure in the offensive end.

A penalty to defenseman Andrej Meszaros with 1:48 left in the game sealed the win for the Coyotes and another game in the loss column for the Flyers.

Though the team continues to struggle, General Manager Paul Holmgren believes the Flyers are still getting their chances under Berube.

“We’re just fighting it right now,” Holmgren said. “I thought there were more good things again tonight. [It’s] still going to take a while to catch on with what [Berube] wants them to do.”

Holmgren announced Hartnell has an upper-body injury while Lecavalier has a lower-body injury. Both will have MRIs tomorrow and are expected to be out at least a week.

Flyers celebrate goal | Source:  Andrew King

Flyers celebrate goal | Source: Andrew King