Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Two Crucial Points Dropped

The Philadelphia Flyers dropped two crucial points on their road trip Thursday night in Canada, falling 4-2.

The game started off well with the Philadelphia Flyers scoring a power play goal and finally breaking their 0-14 stretch that carried over four games. Wayne Simmonds deflected in his team-leading 28th goal. The Flyers were unable to score on either of their remaining power plays going 1/3 tonight.

Toronto went on to score three unanswered goals over the second period and in the beginning of the third period, before Shayne Gostisbehere gave the Flyers a glimmer of hope, hammering a one-timer with 2:28 left in the game.  The Flyers continued pressing nearly finding a tying goal before an offensive zone turnover led to the final dagger.

Philadelphia now sits five points back of the final Eastern Conference wild-card position. Philadelphia has 16 games left this season. Six of their next nine will be away from the Wells Fargo Center.

Penalty Kill Problems

It seems both Philadelphia’s special teams aren’t ticking, allowing two power play goals against for the second straight game and allowing four goals against in six attempts in the past two games on the penalty kill.

Michal Neuvirth

A lot was made of Head Coach Dave Hakstol’s decision to start Michal Neuvirth for such a pivotal game.  Steve Mason has gone  3-0-1 picking up points in his last 4 games. You can’t put all the blame for this loss on Neuvirth who made 29 stops and allowed just one of his three goals against at even strength. The question could be asked, why did Hakstol switch up what was going so well?

All are hoping the Flyers can put this game behind them as they head to Boston on Saturday for a 1:00 PM puck drop, looking to resurrect their playoff chances.