Flyers' fade continues; goalie signed

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The fading Flyers followed a familiar pattern Thursday night.

They got a couple of bad breaks that led to two early Islanders goals…and they folded.

Again, that shows a lack of character, focus and leadership.

By early in the second period, they trailed 4-0 en route to a 6-4 loss to New York.

The Isles ended a 15-game, two-year losing streak to the Flyers.

Amazingly, the Flyers still hold the sixth seed in the East (Least?) because Boston lost to Florida.

The Flyers need better goaltending from Brian Boucher Friday against Montreal, a matchup that coach Peter Laviolette called “the biggest game of the year.”

The Flyers, Montreal and Boston each have 82 points, but the Flyers currently have the tie-breaker (most wins).  

Don’t look now, but the Rangers _ who finish the season with two games against the Flyers _ are sneaking back into the playoff hunt.

Breakaways: It was the Flyers’ sixth loss in seven games…..In Thursday’s game, Lukas Krajicek (who had an Isles pass deflect off him and past Boucher), Oskars Bartulis, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen were each a minus-2….Defenseman Matt Carle led the Flyers with six shots.

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    The desperate Flyers have signed goalie Sebastien Caron from the Swiss League, GM Paul Holmgren confirmed.

    Holmgren said Caron would be at the team's 11:45 a.m. meeting in Voorhees Friday.

   Caron, 29, is a fomer third-round draft pick of the Penguins who last played in the NHL in 2006-07 with Anaheim. In 92 career NHL games, he has a 3.45 GAA and an .892 save percentage. He has played the last three seasons in the Swiss League.

    He is expected to join the Flyers for Friday's key game against Montreal _ and become the seventh goalie to dress for the orange and black this season. No word on whether he will start.

   Boucher is 6-16-3 with a 2.96 goals-against average.