The Philadelphia Flyers let another divisional game slip away on Thursday night. They were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
The first period looked exactly like the first period of every other Flyers game this month. They came out slow and were dominated. Even so, they had a few decent scoring chances and only trailed 1-0 at the end of the period. The lone goal was scored by Jack Johnson, but it deflected off of Luke Schenn. The Flyers were outshot 14-9 in the first period.
The Flyers second period was a seesaw. They looked great in the opening minutes of the period. Brayden Schenn tied the game less than two minutes into play. Schenn carried the puck into the offensive zone on a three-on-one and elected to shoot. He need three attempts, but he hammered the puck home. About four minutes later the Flyers got a power play. Towards the end of the man advantage Vincent Lecavalier let loose his patented one-timer to give the Flyers the lead. The Flyers then fell asleep for the rest of the game. They allowed two goals in the second half of the second period to be losing 3-2. The go ahead came on a sequence in which the Flyer were killing a penalty. The Flyers had at least three (maybe more) chances to clear the puck as the Blue Jackets fired shots at will. Eventually they scored a goal. The Flyers were outshot 17-15 int he second period.
The third period was simply a carryover from the end of the second. Yes, the Flyers started the period on a 5v3 power play, but they squandered their opportunity. The Blue Jackets scored on their first two shot attempts of the period to extend their lead to 5-2. Much like the first period, the Flyers had a few isolated chances, but they were unable to sustain any pressure.
-Penalties, penalties, penalties. The Flyers accumulated 14 penalty minutes. That may not be a lot more than usual, which is sad by the way, it felt like more on a night in which the Flyers allowed one SH goal and allowed another goal only a second after a penalty expired.
-Ray Emery has made a total of 74 saves in his last two starts. He has faced 82 shots in two games. The Flyers have to do a better job of limiting the chances against their goaltender. No goalie can stand on his head for 60 minutes every night.
-The Flyers moved Vincent Lecavalier to center (moving B Schenn to LW and keeping Simmonds at RW) and moved Scott Hartnell down to the third line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read for this game. Even though Lecavalier and Schenn both scored, I barely noticed the lineup changes. Schenn’s goal was unassisted and Lecavalier’s goal was on the PP.
-The Flyers have now gone 0-2-1 in their last three games. All three games were against Metropolitan Division opponents (NYI, CAR, CBJ). The Flyers will now go on to play the Bruins, Kings, Ducks, Sharks, and Avalanche. If the Flyers cannot take care of the mediocre and above average teams in their own division, it scares me to think of what Boston, LA, and Anaheim will do to them.