EDMONTON, Alberta _ Flyers coach Peter Laviolette sharply criticized his fading team after its 2-0 loss to lowly Edmonton on Thursday.
Laviolette was especially upset about a second period performance that he called "disgraceful" and “horsebleep.”
“You’d like to think that it serves as a wake-up call, because we’re in a playoff race,” he bristled. “Tonight is unacceptable. We eased our way into the first period, the second period was horsebleep.”
In the second period, the Flyers were outscored, 2-0, and outshot, 15-6.
The Flyers, who were coming off a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory in Winnipeg, have not won two straight in six weeks.
“If you take 20 minutes off in a game, it’s tough to win,” winger Scott Hartnell said. “This is crunch time.”
But you wouldn’t know it by the way the Flyers’ have played in the last six weeks. They haven’t won two in a row since Jan. 10 and 12, when they scored one-goal wins over Carolina and the Islanders, respectively. They have won just seven of 18 games (7-8-3) since Jan. 12.
The Flyers allowed another power-play goal last night and lost to a team that is 29th in points out of 30 NHL squads.
Breakaways. The Flyers won just 33 percent of the faceoffs. Brayden Schenn won 2 of 10 draws, and Danny Briere won 3 of 15.....Schenn and Claude Giroux each had five shots......Matt Read, who has one goal in his last 14 games, and Briere had no shots.....Andrej Meszaros led the Flyers with four hits....The Flyers, who have been blanked in their last two visits to Edmonton, are in Calgary on Saturday night, then conclude the four-game trip in San Jose on Tuesday.
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