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.
(Pictured: Devils goalie Johan Hedberg makes a save. Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Phoenix came roaring back despite an ugly first period and subsequent deficit. (Photo courtesy of Norm Hall NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite an offensive explosion that no one saw coming (put your hand down, Darryl Sutter), the Kings eventually fell in a shootout to the division rival Phoenix Coyotes by a 5-4 score.
Phoenix tied the game in the final moments of regulation thanks to a somewhat controversial penalty handed to the Kings’ Kyle Clifford for an illegal hit on Gilbert Brule. The hit itself won’t be up for too much debate—Clifford, whether he intended to or not, made contact with the head o...
Andrei Loktionov (#48) celebrates his second goal of the season with Jack Johnson (#3) and Anze Kopitar (#11). Photo courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Last week, underachieving yet aching Jarrett Stoll was placed on injured reserve. Defenseman Slava Voynov was also moved, albeit demoted to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. In their place arrived two young forwards, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, making their NHL debuts. This afternoon the duo achieved just that, notching a combined three points en route to a Kings victory.
Nolan was responsible for netting the team’s game-winning goal 11:29 into the...