DETROIT _ Captain Mike Richards said he thought the Flyers played a good game last night.
Actually, goalie Marty Biron played a GREAT game, but most of his teammates allowed the Red Wings to skate around them as Detroit scored a 3-2 comeback win at the reverberating Joe Louis Arena.
The final score was misleading. The defending Stanley Cup champion Wings outshot the Flyers, 48-26.
If Biron wasn't at the top of his game, this could have been a 6-2 wipeout.
Detroit fired 48 shots on net and took 35 other shots for a total of 83. Repeat: 83. The Flyers took 37 shots (26 on net).
You cannot allow a team to take 83 shots and expect to win.
In their last three games, the Flyers have allowed 41, 39 and 48 shots on goal.
That's not acceptable if the team thinks it's a Stanley Cup contender.
They are now tied with streaking Pittsburgh for the fourth seeding in the Eastern Conference, though the Flyers have three games in hand.
Those games in hand will be meaningless unless the Flyers tighten their defense, stop taking foolish penalties and start producing on the power play. They are a horrid 5 for 47 on the power play in their last 10 games.
The Flyers blew a 2-0 lead and missed a chance to register one of their few statement wins. They have won just 15 of 38 games against teams that are current playoff qualifiers.