2. The Power Plays
The sloppy first period the Flyers put forward was compounded by moments of sloppiness from Columbus that put the Flyers on the power play – three such opportunities to be exact.
In three first-period power plays, Philadelphia was able to muster just two shots on Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The Flyers know that is not acceptable, especially for a team looking to make a run in the playoffs.
“The power play has to step it up,’ Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds explained. “Special teams are going to be key – penalty kill and power play – and our power play hasn’t been the best the last few games.”
Flyers captain Claude Giroux was rather direct with his assessment of the man-advantages against Columbus, “Power play, some games it’s going to go in, some games it won’t. We had our chances.”
Overall, the Flyers went 0-for-4 on the power play en route to another shutout. The terms “lifeless” and “sloppy” were tossed around often when describing the power plays. The Blue Jackets went 1-for-3 on the man-advantage and that turned out to be the game-winning goal.