Flyers go back to losing ways in loss to Panthers

Florida Panthers v Philadelphia Flyers
Bryzgalov was pulled Thursday night after giving up four goals in 5-2 loss to Panthers.

Apparently doing things the easy way just isn’t in the Flyers’ game plan this year.

Fresh from their most exhilarating win of the season, courtesy of Jake Voracek’s hat trick to beat the hated Penguins, the Flyers returned to home ice against the lowly Florida Panthers and laid an egg.  A series of defensive breakdowns resulted in three first period Florida goals in a two-minute span, including Jonathon Huberdeau’s penalty shot that had Ilya Bryzgalov throwing his stick in frustration, as the Panthers went on to post a 5-2 victory.

So much for building on momentum from Wednesday’s wild 6-5 win in Pittsburgh.

“It feels like [Wednesday's] game was a little bit wasted,” said Danny Briere, as the Flyers lost their second game here to the 5-7-4 Panthers in the last two weeks. “All the work we did goes out the window. All day we talked about getting ready for this game. We knew it was going to be tough to get motivated, but we have to find a way to get up. We wanted to, but our brains didn’t follow suit.”

Digging early holes for themselves has been an annoying pattern for Peter Laviolette’s 8-10-1 team. They overcame it Wednesday, rallying from 2-0 down in the first 7:15 to edge Sidney Crosby & Co. But this one was a different story, as the Panthers tightened up defensively until Scott Clemmensen surrendered late goals to Luke Schenn and Voracek.

“Our start [Thursday night] was again not very good,” said a frustrated captain Claude Giroux. “We can’t dig ourselves holes like that. After that, we didn’t play bad, but you’ve got to be ready when the puck drops.”

While it would be easy to cite a natural emotional letdown from the cauldron of Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh, coupled with the relentless schedule as reasons for their uninspired play, Lavvy wouldn’t go there.

“You know the game [Wednesday night] was hard fought,” said Laviolette. “We came back and wanted to prepare to win another hockey game, an important game. It was evident in the first 10 minutes that we weren’t as sharp as we were [Wednesday night].”

So for the fourth time this season, with a chance to get back to the .500 mark, the Flyers stumbled badly. They’ve been outscored 20-9 in those games.

“We want to keep climbing, so that’s disappointing for us,” said Briere, “but it’s not about getting a .500 record. It’s about getting to the playoffs.”

They’ll continue that quest here Saturday vs. Winnipeg, followed by the return of James van Riemsdyk and the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.