Flyers Continue to Cough Up Their Playoff Dreams
The Flyers knew exactly what they needed to do if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes at a manageable level.
They didn't execute though, and it was seen clearly in their 5-2 loss to New Jersey. They were docked with seven giveaways in the loss, leading to some quick first period goals that put them in an early, insurmountable hole.
An Andrej Meszaros give away behind the net gave the Devils their first goal of the game.
Meszaros coughed up the puck to the slot and Adam Henrique put a shot on net. Patrik Elias intercepted the shot in front of Ilya Bryzgalov and beat the netminder backhanded to put New Jersey up, 1-0.
The Flyers answered on the power play though, making it a 1-1 game. Jakub Voracek netted his 13th goal of the season on the play but that was all the offense Philadelphia would muster until it was too late.
Not even a minute later, New Jersey retook the lead and never looked back. Henrique potted the first of his two goals, thanks to a giveaway by Matt Read in the Devils zone.
Brayden Schenn got into the turnover act late in the first period.
Despite being on the power play, Schenn lost the puck deep in New Jersey's zone. Stephen Gionta was able to get the puck all the way out to Ilya Kovalchuk, who beat Bryzgalov to make it a 3-1 game.
The Flyers defense didn't do much better the rest of the game either.
Six minutes into the second period, Andrei Loktionov skated into the Flyers zone with Braydon Coburn defending. He pulled up and pulled off a beautiful toe drag to force Coburn to fall to the ice and attempt a black. Loktionov then beat Bryzgalov, giving the Devils a 4-1 lead.
Henrique added his second goal of the game early in the third period.
While on the power play, Henrique cycled with the puck towards the net. He switched to his back-hand as he approached Bryzgalov and flipped it over Bryzgalov's left shoulder to make it a 5-1 game.
Scott Hartnell added a late, meaningless goal late in the third, beating Hedberg to make it 5-2. It was their first even strength goal in 11 periods.
In the mean time, Johan Hedberg had probably his best game since taking over for Martin Brodeur midway through February. Making his 10th straight start, Hedberg stopped 23-of-25 Flyers shots, frustrating the Orange and Black for just his fifth win of the season.
It was a bad effort all around for the Flyers, who were out-shot 32-25.
Danny Briere, who was demoted to the third line with Sean Couturier and Simon Gagne, put up a dismal -3 effort. The entire third line combined for a -8 for the game.