Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Legion of Gloom: 5th straight loss

MONTREAL _ How bad are things in Flyerdom?

Legion of Gloom: 5th straight loss


    MONTREAL _ How bad are things in Flyerdom?

    Well, the Flyers equaled a franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a road game (13) Monday _ and somehow lost.

    Call them the Legion of Gloom.

    The Flyers fell to the host Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, despite allowing just 13 shots.

   The Flyers managed 15 shots _ and just two in the final period.

    Stop the season, the Flyers want to get off.

    They have lost five straight and eight of their last nine. Want some reasons?

   ** Jeff Carter has not scored a goal in six straight games _ and has scored in just one of the last 11 games.

   ** Claude Giroux hasn't scored a goal in eight consecutive games.

    ** Kimmo Timonen is valiantly playing with a broken toe but may need to take some time off. He made two miscues that led to two Montreal goals Monday.

    ** Mike Richards hasn't scored a point in the last four games.

    ** Defensemen Chris Pronger and Matt Carle, each of whom were white-hot early in the season, don't have a point in the last eight games.

    ** Goalie Ray Emery, who again was testy with the Philly media Monday, has a 5.31 goals-against average in his last five starts.

    ** The players recalled from the AHL Phantoms have produced virtually nothing.

    ** The power play is 0 for 19 in the last five games. During that span, they have allowed seven power-play goals.

    ** They panicked and fired John Stevens too soon.

      I could go on, but you get the idea.

    On a positive note, the Flyers played two solid periods Monday before managing just two shots in the final period. They played much better than in Peter Laviolette's debut, an 8-2 loss to Washington Saturday.

    Then again, almost any effort would have been better.

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      The Flyers outshot Montreal, 4-1, in a tight-checking first period and built a 1-0 lead on Danny Briere's highlight-film breakaway goal.

     But Montreal had a 2-1 lead after two periods despite taking just seven shots.

    "It was hard to get into a rhythm out there with one shot in the first period, and then unfortunately a couple plays in the second and they go up, 2-1," Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said. "I mean, from an effort standpoint, it was real good tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted.”

    Notes. The Flyers (13-13-1) have more losses than wins for the first time this season....The Flyers host the Islanders Tuesday. Laviolette said he's unsure which goalie he will use....Give Riley Cote credit for trying to create some momentum with an early fight against Georges Laraque, one of the league's best brawlers. Laraque won a close decision, but Cote pinned him at the end of the bout.....Starting Monday, the Flyers play 12 games in 21 days.


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