The Flyers next challenge comes just over 24 hours after completing the shutout win. The Toronto Maple Leafs await, fresh off a loss to Columbus.
After turning in the worst period of the season that ultimately was their downfall in a 5-2 loss in Buffalo on Wednesday, one that had the fanbase sharpening pitchforks and lighting torches ready for some form of change to be made, the Flyers responded with a quality win against a divisional opponent.
For the first time in five games, the Flyers scored the first goal of the game and never looked back, as all three members of the top line had three-point games and Cal Pickard pitched a 31-save shutout in a 4-0 win over the Rangers on Friday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers enter the Black Friday matinee against the Rangers on a four-game losing streak, last in the Metro, 15th in the conference and 28th in the league standings. And the road doesn’t get easier. The Rangers come into Friday’s game on a 9-1-1 stretch over their last 11 games.
The Flyers struggled at the start and were massively outplayed early, but managed to trim a 4-0 lead to a 4-2 margin, but never any closer in a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
The momentum of the Flyers six-game points streak is gone, and a 9-9-2 mark and 20 points through 20 games is really not all that different from any other season under Dave Hakstol.
Allowing three power-play goals, six goals to even the most potent offense in the Tampa Bay Lightning and making enough fundamental mistakes to create a deficit in the first place don’t look good. But the rally showed some character. It may not be a win but the Flyers need to channel this effort late in the game into better results from here.
The Flyers rallied with four unanswered goals in 6:04 to erase a 5-1 deficit, but fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime, 6-5, on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.
The opponent in this final game of the homestand is the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team atop the Eastern Conference standings and they bring a wealth of scoring into Philadelphia. Game time is at 1 p.m.
Flyers goalie Brian Elliott will be out for approximately two weeks with a lower-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced on Friday. Alex Lyon was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to take his place. Cal Pickard will serve as the starter.
It’s a game where the scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story. The Flyers 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night was much closer than the final score. That said, it was also a game that could be summed up in three words: That’s. So. Flyers.
It was that kind of night for the Flyers, who hit the post five times and had a goal disallowed in a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Some typical flaws showed up again on Thursday night and nearly cost the Flyers two points. Instead, a frantic rally and another game-winner in overtime from Ghost earned two points in a wild win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The Flyers trailed 4-2 entering the third, but rallied back to force overtime, where Shayne Gostisbehere scored the game-winning goal to give the Flyers a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
The first game of a five-game homestand comes against the same team the Flyers faced to close out the road trip on Monday. The Arizona Coyotes had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Flyers, and come to Philadelphia for the back end of a home-and-home.
The 3-0-1 record on the trip buys more time for a team that needed to either turn it around quickly or face changes. But this is only the beginning for the Flyers, who can’t be satisfied with the results of one road trip and have more work ahead of them.
Two goals from Claude Giroux were part of a three-point night for the captain as the Flyers completed a successful road trip with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
The fourth and final game of the Flyers road trip comes against the Arizona Coyotes in the first of a home-and-home between the two teams. The Coyotes have been an upstart team, picking up wins in five straight games.
Joe Thornton scored to tie the game with 4:57 left in regulation and Timo Meier scored his second goal of the game just 13 seconds into overtime in a 4-3 Flyers loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
It was just under a month ago that the San Jose Sharks came into Wells Fargo Center and embarrassed the Flyers in their home opener to the tune of an 8-2 drubbing. The two teams meet again in San Jose on Saturday night.
More than any specific aspect of the game, slow starts have been a consistent problem for the Flyers and not just this season. In fact, the numbers under the Flyers’ current regime of Ron Hextall, Dave Hakstol and all the players of this core show that it’s a trend.
Defense on the Flyers isn’t a problem, it’s an epidemic. And it’s making for some downright unwatchable hockey. Takeaways from another lopsided loss.
The Blue Jackets struck for three goals in the second and two more late in the third in a 6-3 win over the Flyers at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, dropping the Flyers to 3-4-0 on the season.
The Flyers hit the road looking for more consistency on defense as they face Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Game time is at 7 p.m.