The Philadelphia Flyers cannot be counted out of any game. They’ve proved that all year. The Flyers have rallied to win a franchise-record 11 games in which they have trailed at some point in the third period. That’s not an easy accomplishment by any stretch of the imagination.
So what happened Thursday night?
The Flyers went into the second intermission against the Blue Jackets trailing 1-0 despite firing 17 shots at Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was up to the task. After a sluggish first period, the Flyers looked like a totally different team in the second period.
Everything was shaping up for another comeback victory for the Flyers.
The third period did not get off to the kind of start the Flyers had envisioned. “In the third period we didn’t come out and initiate play right away,” head coach Craig Berube said following the loss.
Just 3:20 into the period James Wisniewski threw a puck towards the slot that hit Brandon Dubinsky’s skate and beat Steve Mason to put the Flyers in a two-goal deficit.
With the Flyers staring at a two-goal deficit, as they put it, they inadvertently changed their game-plan. “I think we got impatient on how we have to play,” team captain Claude Giroux explained. “We got a little away from our play. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“We got impatient and started doing other things because it wasn’t going in.”
Philadelphia had just six shots on net at the 17-minute mark of the third period – obviously a far cry from the 17-shot effort they put forward just 20 minutes prior. “The third we didn’t get anything going on,” defenseman Kimmo Timonen explained following the loss. “I don’t know why.”
Well the Flyers need to figure out why they could not get anything going and fix it in a hurry. They are currently sitting just two points up on the Blue Jackets for third place in the Metropolitan Division and are four points behind the Rangers with two games in hand for second place in the division.
Timonen pointed out one thing that the Flyers certainly need to fix.
“When you don’t score a goal it’s hard to win games.”