October 22 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Although they managed a season-high 42 shots Thursday night, the Flyers continued to stumble at the Wells Fargo Center.
They were frustrated by their anemic power play – and by Anaheim’s backup goalie, Curtis McElhinney.
Oh, and by Ryan Getzlaf.
Taking a crossing pass from Matt Beleskey, Getzlaf poked in a goal during a goalmouth scramble with 1 minute, 46 seconds left, snapping a 2-2 tie and sparking the Ducks to a 3-2 win.
The Flyers have lost three straight – all at home, and all to teams that were playing the second game on back-to-back nights.
Some of the night’s biggest cheers erupted when the Phillies’ playoff scores – they were winning – were shown on the scoreboard, along with video highlights.
The Flyers (2-3-1) outshot the Ducks, 42-22.
“It was one of our best games so far, but sometimes it’s going to happen,” said center Danny Briere, who along with linemates Scott Hartnell (goal) and Ville Leino (assist) had outstanding performances. “It was just one of those nights; it wasn’t meant to happen. . . . The shots [were] on net and we couldn’t find the rebounds. We were there, but we couldn’t put a stick on it. Go in the corner and pucks were bouncing the other way.”
And when they did fire a ticketed shot, McElhinney (40 saves) had most of the answers.
“I thought the effort was there,” Briere said. “We did what we wanted to do – getting more pucks to the net. We spent the majority of the game in their zone, controlling the play. You can’t get too down on yourself. You keep working.”
“Five-on-five, we did a lot of things right,” coach Peter Laviolette said.
But they again failed to click with the man advantage. The Flyers spent most of Wednesday’s practice working on the power play.
More work is needed.
The Flyers were 0 for 5 on the power play and are now 2 for 27 (7.4 percent) for the young season.
“We’ve got to find the rhythm out there,” Laviolette said. “We’ve got the right guys; I’m confident of that. I believe the units are good, but we’re not as smooth as we need to be right now.””
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