The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their 9th straight game Friday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. Losing 4-1 to their cross state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
On Wednesday, in Washington, the Flyers scored first for just the sixth time this season. Something that John Tortorella has
been mentioning that the Flyers need to be better at.
Today, for the 15th time this season, the Flyers gave up the first goal in a game. A stat that is as shocking as it sounds.
Thru their first 21-games, start of games have given the Flyers major problems. Having to play from behind in almost 75% of their games so far.
But, playing from behind doesn’t end there.
With the Flyers having so many bad starts, 1-0 score-lines have turned into bigger deficits quickly. Leading to another stat that is as shocking as it sounds.
Today, for the 11th time this season, the Flyers have trailed in a game by two-goals.
Even with the Flyers giving up the first goal in most games, their inability to halt momentum has been just as bad. Leading to the Flyers finding themselves down by multiple goals in too many games so far this season.
With the Penguins up 2-0 heading into the 2nd period, the Flyers needed to come out with jump to flip the momentum. Instead, it was just another bad period by the Flyers.
Nic Deslauriers, who John Tortorella has credited before with flipping momentum in games, tried to give his team some energy. Dropping the gloves with Penguins Marcus Pettersson.
But, just 53-seconds later, it would be the Penguins who would add to their lead.
Ivan Provorov would be out-muscled in-front by Ryan Poehling, who deflected home a point-shot for the goals.
Many things have not gone right for the Flyers so far this season. However, not being able to control momentum shifts is something that has plagued this team for the past few years.
Game Changing 22:26 Stretch
As the whistle blew with 16:01 left in the 1st period, Tristan Jarry was credited with his 5th save of the game. The Flyers opened the first 3:59 of the game outshooting the Penguins 5-1.
But, in the next 22:26, the game would change.
The Penguins would score three-times on 19-shots to take a 3-0 lead. A lead the Flyers never came close to closing.
During the same stretch, the Flyers had just 3-shots. The same amount of goals the Penguins had.
- With today’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers are now 24-8-4-1 on Black Friday.
- The Flyers face-off woes continued today vs the Penguins. After winning 22 of 57 (38.6%) on Wednesday in Washington, the Flyers were just 17 of 46 (37.5%) vs the Penguins.
- Carter Hart was pulled with 6:23 left in the 2nd period. Hart’s day ended early after giving up 4-goals on 21-Penguins shots.
- Kieffer Bellows was rewarded for his strong play of late. Bellows was promoted to the Flyers 2nd line alongside Morgan Frost & Zack MacEwen. Today, Bellows led all Flyers forwards in ice time (19:12).
- The Flyers losing streak is now at 9-games (0-6-3). In their last 14-games, the Flyers have just 2-wins.
Result : Penguins 4 – Flyers 1 , LOSS
Record : 7 – 9 – 5
Next Game : Saturday 11/26 , New York Islanders , Elmont NY , 7:30pm
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