Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Missing: Flyers' offense

NEWARK - Three games. Three losses. Three goals.

Missing: Flyers' offense

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur blocks a shot by Flyers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur blocks a shot by Flyers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko. (Julio Cortez/AP)

NEWARK - Three games. Three losses. Three goals.

After Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to New Jersey, the Flyers are 0-3 for the first time since 1995.

They ran into a hot goalie - the ageless Martin Brodeur - but they have shown an inability to finish plays in all three games.

They are averaging one goal per game, and their power play is 1 for 15 (6.7 percent).

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The Flyers finished tied for second in the NHL with an average of 3.17 goals per game last season.

They are minus Jaromir Jagr (signed with Dallas), James van Riemsdyk (traded to Toronto) and the injured Danny Briere. And it shows.

Some of their big guns from last year - Scott Hartnell (37 goals), Wayne Simmonds (28), Matt Read (24), Max Talbot (19) and Jake Voracek (18) - have yet to score.

The good news is that the Flyers had a lot of attack time - especially in the first half of the game - but were beaten by a sizzling goalie on Tuesday.

The bad news is that their next game is against a team that owned them last season, the visiting New York Rangers, and their outstanding goalie, Henrik Lundqvist.

 Breakaways. Hartnell had an ice bag on his left foot and was limping badly after the game. He was hit by a shot in the third period…..Brodeur has 10 shutouts against the Flyers, equaling the most he has against any NHL club. He has 120 career shutouts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ilya Kovalchuk’s second-period goal made opponents 20 for 37 against the Flyers in penalty shots in franchise history.

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