In the Flyers’ locker room, there were no alarms going off about goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s mini-slump.
Bobrovsky allowed four goals and was removed late in the second period of the Flyers’ 5-0 loss to visiting Florida on Monday.
The 22-year-old rookie could be faulted for just one of the goals, and his team gave him little support.
“He wasn’t the reason we lost; it was the whole team. The team wasn’t ready,” defenseman Kimmo Timonen said after the Flyers’ five-game winning streak was snapped.
“Bob” has a 4.20 goals-against average in his last three starts. In one of them, he played brilliantly for most of the game as he helped the Flyers defeat Montreal, 5-3.
Still, he has not been as sharp lately as he was in the season's first two months. And now he has at least eight days before having a chance to play again. It's natural to wonder if he's starting to lose some confidence.
Is coach Peter Laviolette concerned?
“I worry about everything. It was a bad game (for everyone),” he said. “Our team is capable of winning hockey games and I would expect that the ass-kicking that we just took will make us responsive after the break.”
Seventeen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters were “minus” in the game. Timonen was the exception, and he was “even.”
“We’re capable of playing at a higher level, and we didn’t do that,” Laviolette said.
As for "Bob," the coach said, "I think it would be impossible to isolate anyone (for their poor play), and I don’t prefer to go down that road.”
The Flyers don’t play again until Dec. 28 in Vancouver. Nine of their next 10 games are on the road.
“We’ve got a pretty critical stretch after Christmas, and maybe this is just going to kick our ass into gear,” captain Mike Richards said. “….Maybe our confidence was too high and we got into the cocky range instead of just being confident.”
The Flyers repeatedly lost board battles and were beaten to loose pucks as they suffered just their second loss this season to a team that was under .500 when they played them. They dropped a 3-2 decision to Anaheim (2-4-1 at the time) on Oct. 21.
“We were the exact opposite of our motto all year long,” winger Scott Hartnell said. “We weren’t hitting, we weren’t being strong on our sticks. You add those things up and it adds to an embarrassing loss at home.”
Despite the loss, the Flyers sit atop the NHL with 49 points.
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