The Philadelphia Flyers paid a visit to the division-rival Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night in hopes to break their seven game losing streak. That hope would be crushed by a massive breakdown in the third period which saw Pittsburgh score twice in 39 seconds to tie the game after being down 3-1 to start the period.After Matt Murray exited the game with an injury thanks to a collision with Jakub Voracek, Michael Raffl scored to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead. Jake Guentzel then scored his second of the night to tie it with just over a minute remaining in the game.
Who else but Sidney Crosby would go on to score the OT game-winning goal, his fourth in three games.
Travis Konecny, Brandon Manning, and Sean Couturier scored the other goals for the Flyers who have now dropped eight straight games (0-5-3 in that stretch). Philadelphia will be back in action Tuesday night at home against the San Jose Sharks.
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.
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks last night by a score of 3-1 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The win was the 14th regular season victory in a row for the Flyers against the Hawks in Philadelphia.
Rather unsurprisingly, the Flyers’ top line of Giroux-Couturier-Voracek combined for seven points on the night. Voracek and Giroux both with a goal and two assists, Couturier with a goal as well. Goaltender Brian Elliott made 38 saves last night, a good sign after somewhat of a rocky start to his regular season. Conor Murphy scored the lone Blackhawks goal late in the second period.
The Flyers now move to 8-6-2 on the season, and are in action again Saturday night against the Wild in Philadelphia.
In a rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals Chicago welcomed Philadelphia. As the Flyers fell to the Blackhawks 3-0. While the entirety of the players on the ice last night were not battling for the 2010 Stanley Cup, much of the core of Chicago remained from that victory nearly eight years ago. Two of those, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, put up an assist and a goal respectively.
For the Flyers, the orange and white out-chanced the Hawks for most of the contest, even though shots were even for both teams. Corey Crawford came up with some huge saves, got lucky on some others, and at the end of the night was perfect. Brian Elliott made 32 saves in the loss for the Flyers.
Radko Gudas sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and missed the final two periods, while Shayne Gostisbehere missed the game with an upper-body injury as well. Philadelphia went 0-3 on the power play, and their concerning lack of scoring-depth up-front was on full display again last night, getting minimal contribution outside of the first line over the past three games.
The Flyers are back in action tonight in St. Louis against the 10-2-1 Blues.
After being able to boast one of the more dominant first lines in hockey for the beginning part of this young season, the lack of depth up front for the the Philadelphia Flyers May begin to become a concern for the team. Again, the first line showed up last night against the Arizona Coyotes, but didn’t get much support from the rest of the forwards, outside of Jordan Weal’s second goal of the season.
And because of this, Philadelphia handed Arizona their first win of the 2017-18 season last night despite an impressive third period comeback, in a 4-3 OT loss in Philly. Down 3-0 in the third period, two goals by Sean Couturier, one in the last minute of play, and one from Weal forced the game into overtime. In the last minute of overtime, however, Alex Goligoski fired home a one timer from a weak angle to end the contest.
Martinook, Dvorak, and Perlini scored the other goals for Arizona.
The Flyers are back in action Wednesday in Chicago against the Blackhawks.
The Philadelphia Flyers put together an all-around forgettable performance last night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks to put an end to their five game homestand. The team went 3-2-0 over that time. Despite outshooting Anaheim 33-25, the team and Brian Elliott in goal surrendered six goals on the night, while only being able to produce two of their own, both coming from Sean Couturier who now has six in nine games this season. It took the center 18 games to hit that mark last year.
The worst news of the night, however, is that Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick left the game during the second period after taking a hit from Ducks forward Chris Wagner in the defensive zone. GM Ron Hextall said the team will have an update on Patrick Wednesday.
Ryan Getzlaf picked up two points in his return to the Ducks lineup, Hampus Lindholm notched an assist in his first game back as well. Jake Voracek had two assists for the Flyers. Brian Elliott is now sporting a .877 Sv. %, the second worst in the league for goalies with at least five starts. The Flyers will be back in action Thursday night in Ottawa against the 4-1-4 Senators.