TAMPA, Fla. _ From their best game of the season to their worst _ in less than 24 hours.
That describes the Flyers' strange weekend in Florida, where they dominated the Panthers on Saturday, 7-1, and then were embarrassed by Tampa Bay on Sunday, 5-1.
The Flyers’ power play was 2 for 7 Saturday and 0 for 6 Sunday.
Their goaltending went from sensational _ Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves on 31 shots Saturday _ to a rusty Michael Leighton (21 saves on 26 shots), who didn't have much defensive support Sunday.
To their credit, the Flyers (2-4) didn't use playing on consecutive days as an excuse against the rested Lightning (4-1)
“When you're playing back-to-back, you’ve got to keep it simple and play smart hockey,” winger Matt Read said. “You know, we just got a little ahead of ourselves from our win (Saturday) night, which is no excuse. It's not acceptable by us. We've got to learn how to play both nights, come to play for 60 minutes every game.”
The Flyers are 1-3 when playing games on consecutive nights. They will be in trouble if that trend continues because they play 10 sets of back-to-back games in the 48-game season.
They will face a fired-up Rangers team in New York on Tuesday. The Blueshirts will be out to make amends for their listless performance (New York was playing on consecutive nights) in Thursday’s 2-1 loss at the Wells Fargo Center.