The Philadelphia Flyers looked like a good team during the first period Wednesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks and then the second and third period started.
When the game was over the Flyers found themselves on the end of a humiliating 7-2 loss.
The Flyers could have made a statement this Wednesday night. It was the final game of a six-game road trip and the Flyers could have ensured a .500 record with a win. The Flyers could have shown us they were a team ready to scrap and claw their way to victory. Instead they came out and played a pitiful game.
Once again, the defense showed nothing but breakdowns and sloppy, irresponsible play in their own zone.
Claude Giroux and the first line were, again, invisible and ineffective.
It was like watching a team of grown men play toddlers. There was never a chance.
By the end of the night, 13 different players on the Blackhawks had a point.
The microcosm of this game was in the second period. The Blackhawks scored five goals on 10 shots in the second period and went into the intermission with a 5-2 lead.
The debacle began when Zac Rinaldo took a tripping penalty with half a minute to play in the first period. With little time left in the power play, Duncan Keith unleashed a slap shot from the blue line that tied the game. Thirty nine seconds later, Andrew Shaw scored on a wrap around try thanks to a turnover and poor defensive play from Andrej Meszaros.
Michal Handzus scored shorthanded to increase the Hawks’ lead to 3-1. Brayden Schenn briefly gave the Flyers some hope when he scored on the power play to make it 3-2.
With 5:45 left in the second period, Kris Versteeg was left all alone out front and roofed a shot past Emery to make it 4-2. The Blackhawks would score once more before the second period was over.
The Flyers will play the second of a back-to-back Thursday night when they face the Montreal Canadiens. Let’s hope the Flyers come out and actually play.