Thursday, March 5, 2015

Flyers' Run of Slow Starts

The Flyers have allowed the first goal in their last nine games.

Flyers' Run of Slow Starts

The Flyers have allowed the first goal in each of their last nine games and 12 of their last 13.

And like Thursday night, it didn't take long to do so a lot of those games. Seven of them have come in the first 5:15, nine of them in the first 10 minutes.

Those 13 games and the first goal-scorer:

Date Opponent First Goal Scored By Time Result
Feb. 4 Devils Devils Kurtis Foster (pp)   3:05 (1st)   L  4-6
Feb. 5 at Rangers Rangers Artem Anisimov   1:04 (1st) L  2-5
Feb. 7 Islanders Islanders (Frans Neilsen) (Shootout) L  0-1 (so)  
Feb. 9 Maple Leafs Flyers Scott Hartnell 14:38 (1st) W 4-3
Feb. 11   Rangers Rangers Ryan Callahan (pp)     8:25 (1st) L  2-5
Feb. 12 at Red Wings   Red Wings   Niklas Kronwall (pp)   7:08 (1st) L  3-4
Feb. 16 Sabres Sabres Jason Pominville   5:15 (1st) W 7-2
Feb. 18 Penguins Penguins Matt Cooke   3:17 (1st) L  4-6
Feb. 21 at Jets Jets Dustin Byfuglien 12:31 (1st) W 5-4 (ot)
Feb. 23 at Oilers Oilers Taylor Hall (pp)   3:26 (2nd) L  0-2
Feb. 25 at Flames Flames Mark Giordano (pp)   3:45 (1st) W 5-4 (so)
Feb. 28 at Sharks Sharks Ryan Clowe   1:22 (1st) L  0-1
March 1 Islanders Islanders Josh Bailey   1:35 (1st) ???
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