Flyers Drop Two Straight In Ugly Fashion
The Flyers experienced a weekend to forget.
On Saturday, they dropped 6-3 to a hot Tampa Bay team. On Sunday, they put forth an ugly showing against the rival Rangers, losing 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.
The Lightning game wasn't as bad. The Flyers hit the post a handful of times against Tampa, and they let a 3-3 game slip out of their grasp.
Valtteri Filppula scored his 18th goal of the season late in the second to snap the tie. But things really got bad for Philadelphia when Martin St. Louis scored with 57 seconds remaining to make it 5-3 and give Tampa all the momentum.
Sunday's game was worse. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 in the first 2:42 and the Flyers never recovered.
Dan Carcillo, of all people, scored the opening tally. Just 28 seconds later, Olympian Rick Nash scored his 11th of the season to make it 2-0 in favor of New York.
Derrick Brassard made it 3-0 midway through the first, and Chris Kreider's goal midway through the second saw the Rangers lead go as high as 4-0.
Mark Streit's power play goal in the third period cut the lead to 4-1 but it was all the offense Philly would get.
After a period of uneventful hockey, a scrum broke out at the end of the game that involved Carcillo, John Moore, Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds, Luke and Brayden Schenn. It was a fitting end to a frustrating weekend for the Flyers.