The Philadelphia Flyers were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night by a score of 2-0. The two Columbus goals were scored by James Wisniewski and Brandon Dubinsky. The Flyers next game is a Saturday matinee against the Boston Bruins on 4/5/14.
The first 37 minutes of the game were scoreless. Both teams had a plethora of chances, but Sergei Bobrovsky and Steve Mason stood tall. The Flyers were outworked in the first period, but they somehow had more shots than Columbus (10-9). The Flyers did start to find their legs in the second period and they looked pretty good for the first 10 minutes.
However, the Blue Jackets reasserted themselves at about the midway point of the game. They started limiting the Flyers chances and they forced a few penalties. On a power play at the end of the second period James Wisniewski scored the first goal of the game.
The Blue Jackets came out in the third period and took control. They scored only 3:20 into the period and kept the Flyers from having consistent pressure until the final two minutes. Overall, Bobrovsky had to make a few good saves, but he did not have a lot of difficult shots put on him. Mason played well, but he ultimately came out on the losing end of this battle.
-The CBJ forecheck was phenomenal. This is why Flyers fans clamor for a more mobile, puck moving defensemen, because the Columbus forwards pressured our defensemen into turnovers on almost every shift. Our defensemen could not execute a breakout while being attacked by the Columbus forecheck.
-The ice time for the defensemen was as follows: MacDonald (23:35), Streit (22:08), Coburn (20:20), Timonen (17:54), Schenn (15:40), Grossmann (14:07). I like MacDonald’s mobility and his calmness with the puck. However, he should not be on the ice more than Coburn and Timonen. He is not a top pair guy, no mater what his role was in Long Island.
-The Flyers power play went 0-4. That is unacceptable.
-Claude Giroux has now gone three straight games without a point for the first time since the first five games of the season.
-The Flyers have not scored in their last 130+ minutes of hockey.