The Philadelphia Flyers dropped their third straight game Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. Losing to the Dallas Stars, 5-1, for the 5th straight time.
As the 1st period horn sounded, the Flyers headed to the locker room down 2-0 and all momentum was with the Dallas Stars. Who scored with 1:36 left in the period.
In the locker room, the Flyers needed to figure out how to spark themselves to flip the momentum in the game.
On the first shift of the 2nd period, that spark came off an impressive passing-sequence by the top line. Resulting in the Flyers first goal just 54-seconds into the period.
Travis Konecny would get the eventual goal in a wide open net. But, it was set up by the passing that Konecny started when entering the zone.
Konecny would chip a back-hand pass to Owen Tippett. Tippett would then go across ice to Kevin Hayes who would fire the puck back across ice to Konecny for the goal.
The goal was the Flyers 16th goal in the 2nd period this season. And, momentarily, taking the league lead in goal differential in the 2nd period, +10.
But, that one shift, the shift the Flyers needed to start the 2nd period, was their best of the period. In need to capture any momentum, the Flyers just could not gain any traction from it.
Instead, just before the halfway point of the period, another bad penalty, “dumb penalty” as John Tortorella put it yesterday, costed them the momentum again.
Kieffer Bellows, who returned to the lineup for the injured Wade Allison, with get lazy with his stick and slash a Stars player on the hands. Weak, yes. But, still a penalty.
On the power-play, the Stars would make it 3-1.
3rd Straight Loss For Flyers
After starting the season 5-2-0, the Flyers have hit a rough patch. Losing for the third straight time for the second time in the past two weeks.
With today’s loss, the Flyers have now lost six of their last eight games. Now, 7-6-2 on the season.
During their latest three-game losing streak, the Flyers are being outscored 14-4.
The Flyers now head out on a three-game road-trip looking to halt the losing streak before it spirals out of control. Something the Flyers last year just could not do.
Wade Allison Out With Injury
In the 2nd period yesterday vs the Ottawa Senators, Wade Allison went in for a check behind the Senators net. After the check, Allison dropped to the ice in discomfort.
Allison, who has battled his fair share of injuries in the past, had to be helped off the ice and down the tunnel. Wade did not return to the game and no update was available after the game.
Today, unsurprisingly to no-one, Allison was not on the ice with his team-mates.
Kieffer Bellows, who has been a healthy scratch the past three games, took Allison’s spot in the lineup. Bellows played on a line with Morgan Frost and Joel Farabee.
- “You can boo us. You can talk s*** about us. I will back those guys because they are trying. I’m very pleased with the effort. I don’t give a s*** what people think about out here.” – Head coach John Tortorella.
- After being a healthy scratch for the past three games, Kieffer Bellows returned to the lineup. Entering the lineup for the injured Wade Allison, Bellows registered 5-hits in 12:38 of ice time.
- Head coach John Tortorella was not happy with the Flyers “dumb penalties” during yesterdays game vs the Ottawa Senators. Today, the Flyers penalty kill went just 1 for 3. The turning point in the game according to head coach John Tortorella.
- Setting a franchise record yesterday with 59-hits, the Flyers continued to throw the body around today vs the Stars. Outhitting the Stars 35-27.
- Dallas scored the games opening goal just 2:36 into the 1st period. The Flyers have now given up the games first goal in 11 of 15 games so far this season.
- The Flyers finished their 4th back-to-back of the season today vs the Stars. Having lost all three previous back-ends of the back-to-back, the Flyers could have used a win today. Especially with yesterday’s loss. But, like their previous three, it ended in losing fashion. Now, 0-4-0 in second half of back-to-backs.
Result : Stars 5 – Flyers 1 , LOSS
Record : 7 – 6 – 2
Next Game : Tuesday 11/15 , Columbus Blue Jackets , Columbus OH , 7:00pm
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