ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Flyers' defensive lapses continued as they dropped a 5-2 decision in Anaheim Friday, their third loss in the last four games.
Goalie Sergei Bobrvosky made just his third start in the last nine games. Perhaps the inactivity has zapped him of some confidence because he wasn't overly sharp.
The 22-year-old rookie wasn't bad, but he didn't resemble the dominating goalie of the first two months.
Still, Bobrovsky could only be faulted for two of the Ducks' five goals.
"We didn't give him much support," center Danny Briere said.
Injured defenseman Chris Pronger has missed the last five games, during which the Flyers have allowed 21 goals.
Veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell said it's too easy to blame the Flyers' defensive slump on not having Pronger.
"We didn't have him for the first two games," he said, referring to contests in Pittsburgh and St. Louis, "and we played good defense."
Lately, the Flyers have struggled to get the puck out of their end.
"We're not as sharp as we were, and we're making mistakes and it's in our net," O'Donnell said. "Teams get up for the Philadelphia Flyers. We're getting teams' best effort, and if we don't bring our 'A' game, we're not going to win."
O'Donnell said the Flyers need to get back to basics.
"We have to keep working hard, not give up power-play chances and gut out some 2-1 wins," he said.
Here's the ominous news: The Flyers next game is Sunday in Detroit, where they haven't won since 1988.
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It marked the first time since 1993-94 _ Anaheim's inaugural season _ that the Ducks had two regulation wins over the Flyers.
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