The Philadelphia Flyers were shut out for the second straight game Tuesday night in Minnesota, unable to convert on any of their 30 shots on goal. The shutout was his third in a row for Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Nino Niederreiter scored early in the first period for Minnesota, it was only the winger’s third goal of the season. The score remained this way for the rest of the contest until two late empty-net goals from Eric Staal and Jason Zucker sealed the win for the Wild.
After the goal, which came 12 seconds into the game, Brian Elliott stood tall, stopping all of the shots he faced afterward. The effort was for not, however, as the scoring has seemed to dry up for the Flyers.
This was an ultimately predictable scenario that has begun to play out for Philadelphia, whose first line had carried much of the offensive workload for the beginning of the season. After that, Wayne Simmonds being the next most dangerous offensive threat, has not enjoyed much of the same success as past seasons. The Flyers’ depth will have to begin chipping in eventually if the team wants to stay in postseason contention.
The team has dropped to 8-8-2 and will be in action Thursday night in Winnipeg against the Jets.