The Flyers dropped an inartistic 7-4 decision to lowly Florida Wednesday and had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Shoddy goaltending, a porous defense and undisciplined play _ which led to seven Florida power plays _ doomed the Flyers.
The Flyers allowed a season-high 43 shots.
“When you give a team that many odd-man rushes, they’re going to capitalize,” captain Mike Richards said.
In the two games since the Olympic break, the Flyers have surrendered 81 shots and numerous golden scoring chances.
Goalie Brian Boucher, who relieved starter Michael Leighton (four goals allowed in 26 shots), absorbed the loss. Boucher was philosophical about the defeat.
“That’s not the way we want to play,” he said. “We were solid before the break in limiting opportunities. We’ll look at the tape and hopefully have a better effort in Buffalo (Friday).”
Defenseman Chris Pronger, who had two assists, said the Flyers need to regroup.
“Defense is a team sport,” he said. “We need everyone working in the same direction. We’ve been pretty porous in the last two games, that’s for sure. Defense should be a staple.
“We’re not a run-and-gun team.”
But that’s how they’ve looked in the last two games _ last night’s, and Tuesday’s 7-2 win over Tampa Bay. In the latter game, Leighton kept the Flyers tied at 2-2 heading into the final period before the Flyers erupted for five goals.
Notes. Ryan Parent, in his 84th game, scored his first career goal…Ville Leino scored in his first game as a Flyer…The Flyers had 42 shots, their second-highest total this season….Danny Briere and Jeff Carter, each of whom scored power-play goals, were minus-3….Blair Betts, Ian Laperriere and Leino were each plus-2.