Sunday, July 5, 2015

Flyers: Too many penalties, too few goals

MONTREAL _ The Flyers have not scored an even-strength goal in the season’s first two games, which is why they are 0-2 and the coach’s hot seat is getting warmer by the shift.

Flyers: Too many penalties, too few goals

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Kimmo Timonen, right, gets his stick up on Montreal Canadiens´ Brendan Gallagher during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
Kimmo Timonen, right, gets his stick up on Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL _ The Flyers have not scored an even-strength goal in the season’s first two games, which is why they are 0-2 and the coach’s hot seat is getting warmer by the shift.

They dropped a 4-1 decision in Montreal on Saturday night, a game in which they inexplicably were shorthanded for 14:07.  Montreal was 2 for 9 on the power play.

“We’re not going to win many hockey games if we go to the box as much as we did tonight,” coach Peter Laviolette said.

Nor are they going to win many games when they manage just 12 even-strength shots. Twelve.

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The Flyers have scored a total of two goals _ both on the power play _ while losing to Toronto and Montreal. They play in Carolina on Sunday at 5 p.m. and will try to avoid starting 0-3 for the second straight season.

Former Flyer Danny Briere, who is in his first year in Montreal, was held scoreless, but was smiling after the game.

"This was for bragging rights,” he said. “I got them tonight, but I know there will be other games down the road.”

Vinny Lecavalier scored his first goal as a Flyer. He was booed mercilessly every time he touched the puck. Montreal fans apparently think any French-Canadian who is a free agent should sign with the Habs.

"I felt sorry for Vinny, but I've been that guy,” Briere cracked.

Breakaways. Zac Rinaldo had six hits in 5:15….The Flyers were outshot, 34-23, including a 16-8 third-period margin….Ray Emery was the loser in his first start this season…..The Flyers won 51 percent of the faceoffs and outhit Montreal, 29-20…Lecavalier, Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit each have two points. All the other Flyers have zero.

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