The Flyers’ ineptness on offense — at least at the start of an NHL season — hasn’t been equaled in almost a half century.
Thursday’s 4-1 loss to visiting Pittsburgh marked the eighth straight time they had failed to score more than two goals since the season started. That’s the first time that has happened since 1964, when the Boston Bruins did it in the first nine games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Flyers are 1-7 and have scored a total of 11 goals. Their record and the number of goals scored are the worst in franchise history for the season’s first eight games.
“It’s tough to win games when we (only) play one period like we can,” forward Max Talbot said. “I think in the third, that’s the kind of hockey we want to play. First and second, especially the second period, we didn’t show up and we got some bad penalties as well again.”
Before the game, coach Craig Berube said it would take a 60-minute effort to beat the Penguins. Instead, the Flyers were listless in the first 10 minutes and the entire second period.
“We had a pretty bad second period. Too much running around, didn’t work hard enough and they took it to us and we paid for it,” forward Brayden Scehnn said. “We know we have to play 60 minutes and we didn’t do that tonight.”
“We stopped playing,” Berube said of a Penguins-dominated second period in which the Pittsburgh outscored the Flyers, 2-1, and outshot them, 17-5. “We were standing around and started watching them play.”
This team needs its marquee players to step up and show the way. So far, that hasn’t come close to happening.
Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Matt Read and Sean Couturier are still searching for their first goal.
“We need to start believing it before we start playing," Giroux said. "I think we go into games with our confidence down already. We've got to start believing we're a good team."
After starting 1-7 and scoring a total of 11 goals, that has become much more difficult.
Breakaways. The Flyers’ second line _ Schenn centering Wayne Simmonds and Michael Raffl _ was a combined minus-9…..The Flyers are off until Thursday against the visiting Rangers.
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