Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Pronger: Flyers need to look in mirror

The Flyers held a team meeting after Thursday's 3-0 loss to Vancouver at the Wachovia Center.

Pronger: Flyers need to look in mirror

  The Flyers held a team meeting after Thursday's 3-0 loss to Vancouver at the Wachovia Center.

   Was it productive?

   You'll know at around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, when the Flyers' game ends against visiting Washington.

   Maybe by then, the Flyers will have scored a goal.

   Maybe by then, the young offensive stars on this team _ namely, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter _ will start resembling the players who combined for 76 goals last season.

   Right now, this team is in its worst offensive funk in six-plus seasons.

   Thursday marked the first time the Flyers were blanked in consecutive games since February of 2003.

    They have not scored in the last eight periods, including Saturday's 1-0 defeat in Atlanta.

    Roberto Luongo notched Thursday's shutout, making 38 saves.

   "They threw a lot at the net, and I was able to see most of them," Luongo said.

    In other words, the Flyers aren't getting enough bodies in front of the net and creating the type of havoc that was Mike Knuble's calling card.

    "It was just one of those nights where you feel like the puck keeps hitting you, and some of them I didn’t even see, where it was getting a piece of my arm or somewhere," Luongo said. "It’s nice to have a game like that.”

     The Flyers' James van Riemsdyk and Arron Asham clanked shots off posts in the first period. That was as close as the Flyers (13-11-1) came to scoring.

    Their power play was 0 for 5 and is 0 for 14 in the last three games _ all losses.

    The Flyers, picked to win the Stanley Cup by The Hockey News in the preseason, have lost six of their last seven games and have fallen into 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

    After the game, limping defenseman Kimmo Timonen revealed he has been playing with a broken toe for the last four games.

    The Flyers have been concealing the injury from the media, which has been asking questions about Timonen's ineffectiveness.

    To a man, the Flyers are baffled by their funk.

   "If I had the answer, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about this right now," defenseman Chris Pronger said. "I’ve played on enough teams where this has gone on, where usually it’s a couple guys—it’s never the whole team. Right now we’re struggling to score goals."

    Pronger said the Flyers need to find "different ways than normal" to score some goals.

     "It’s going to take three guys around the net, bouncing it off somebody’s [butt] or somebody’s shin pad. It’s going to take a dirty goal for us to turn this around," he said. "It’s not going to be the tic-tac-toe tap-in backdoor goal that reignites us. We’ve got to get into the gritty areas, get in the high-traffic areas and dig deep. Look at ourselves in the mirror and look at one another and come and play 110 percent.”

      If they don't, someone will be held accountable.

    And we have a feeling it won't be the guys with the fat contracts.

   

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
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