The Philadelphia Flyers came into Sunday’s game against the rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on a three-game losing streak.
The latest, coming at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres Saturday afternoon inside the friendly confines of The Wells Fargo Center. A game in which the Flyers blew a two-goal lead entering the second period in a contest that had a playoff type feel to it. The two sections of Sabres fans that made the trip down from Buffalo added to that atmosphere. The Flyers figured to be an angry bunch coming into today’s game after dropping that one, which was their third loss in as many games. Instead, the Flyers resembled their old venue, The Spectrum, which is slowly being dismantled across from The Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers fell behind early. Just 51 seconds into the game Ranger forward, Ryan Callahan, scored his first of four goals for him on the day and seven total for his team by game’s end.
Flyers goalie Brian Boucher was yanked after the fourth Ranger goal. Flyers rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would fair no better as the New Yorkers put three more by him enroute to the 7-0 drubbing.
The Flyers could muster very little against the Ranger onslaught and when they did manage to get some chances New York goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist was there to keep the twine from being dented for his team in earning his league leading ninth shutout of the season. The Flyers by the way are the lone NHL team to not record a shutout this season.
After the game Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was quoted as saying some players on the team are not on the same page. Flyers captain Mike Richards who shook his head at one question from the media and then abruptly left without answering the next after the Buffalo loss, said that some players appear to be maybe chapters and not pages off.
Richards who has been known to not particularly like answering questions from the media was then asked what seems to be lacking or missing from the team. ”
I don’t know. You guys probably know what is missing more than I do,” he said.
Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette seemed at a loss for words after Sunday’s loss and looked mystified by his clubs recent struggles to win a game. He continued to state as he did after the Buffalo loss that he promises they will turn this losing streak around and they will get back to winning hockey games.
The Flyers will have to find some answers fast if they are to right the ship. They will head home to play a young and fast Edmonton Oiler squad Tuesday night as they will try to avoid a fifth straight loss.