The Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Mark Streit scored the lone goal for the Flyers. Streit’s sixth goal of the season came on the power play.
Starting with the game against the Rangers, the Flyers began an important stretch of games where they will play five Metropolitan Division opponents in their next seven games. The Flyers, who sat in second place when the puck dropped were ahead of the Rangers by a since point in the division standings.
Based on Sunday night’s effort, it looked like the Flyers did not come to play at all. The team was outdone in every category. They lost battles on the boards. They turned the puck over. They let the Rangers overpower them with an aggressive forecheck.
The game started off with two quick goals from Daniel Carcillo and Rick Nash. Carcillo and Nash’s tallies came less than a minute apart. Both goals were a result of poor defensive play and turnovers from the Flyers defense. Head coach Craig Berube called a timeout after the Nash goal and the Flyers responded with a strong push. They peppered Henrik Lundqvist with multiple shots and generated numerous chances, but Lundqvist had the answer for each shot.
The third goal was a result of bad defensive play from Braydon Coburn. A loose puck was sitting near the blue line, and Coburn whiffed on a clearing attempt. The puck slid to the corner, and Mats Zuccarello won the battle on the boards. He swept a pass to Derick Brassard, who stood at the top of the faceoff circle, and Brassard one-timed the puck past Ray Emery for a 3-0 lead.
Chris Kreider added another goal, this time on the power play, with 6:42 left in the second period. Kreider’s goal came when he deked, and his backhand shot went off Coburn’s skate.
After a shaky first period, Emery made several saves that kept the Flyers’ comeback prayer alive, but could not overcome the sloppy play from the defensive unit.
Claude Giroux was invisible during this game. I expected much more from the captain.
The team has a whole played one of their worst games of the year tonight.
While Emery was hung out to dry, he could have made a few saves to keep the Flyers in it.
The Flyers have been badly outscored in its last two games. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come.