Flyers keep getting points, but need to get act together

The Flyers extended their points streak to eight consecutive games on Thursday night.

     But no one was celebrating.

     Not after being dominated by the Penguins, who emerged with a 2-1 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center.

      Not after looking like the second-best conditioned team on the ice for most of the night.


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      Not after managing just 20 shots, equaling a season low.

       It’s been a strange week in Flyerdom.

       In back-to-back games, the Flyers lost shootouts to their closest Eastern Conference pursuers, Washington and Pittsburgh.

      They felt good about the former _ they controlled the game against the Capitals _ and awful about the latter.

     “Today we thought we could skate through and it would be an easy game, but there is no easy game in this league,” defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. “They outworked us and won all the one-on-one battles. If you don’t work, you’re in trouble.”

      And if you don’t work _ even against teams that are missing their star players __ you are not going to go far in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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         Despite their inconsistent play recently, the Flyers are four points ahead of the Penguins in the Atlantic Division and two points ahead of the Caps in the East. The Flyers, who have nine games remaining, have a game in hand on both teams.

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       The Flyers went to the shootout for the fourth consecutive game, marking the first time that has happened since the inception of the event in 2005-06.  They are 3-6 in shootouts this season, and have gone 1-3 in this four-game shootout stretch.

    Danny Briere was the only Flyer to score in Thursday’s shootout out of four shooters. Briere is 3 for 9 this season. Claude Giroux (2 for 8), Ville Leino (2 for 4) and Mike Richards (1 for 5) failed to connect Thursday.

     Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, now 1-3 in shootouts, has stopped eight of 15  in shootouts this season.

     Bobrovsky played superbly after a shaky effort against Washington on Tuesday.

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     And, yes, shifty Nik Zherdev would have been one of the shooters in the shootout if he wasn't a healthy scratch. Again. (It's a shame he can't be used as a pinch-hitter.) Dan Carcillo played just 5:30.

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     The Flyers' PP was 0 for 3 against the Pens, who were 1 for 2 _ scoring after a borderline goaltender- interference penalty on Andreas Nodl.

     The Flyers are 0 for 14 on the PP in the last five-plus games. And, yes, they miss Chris Pronger at the point.

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