Flyers kick themselves in the butt

Flyers, Ducks, NHL
The Ducks beat the Flyers, 3-2, Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

 

Flyers fall to Ducks, 3-2

 

It doesn’t matter what the sport. Turnovers. Errors. Careless mistakes will invariably beat you.

Which is all you need to know about how the Flyers as they inexplicably blew a two-goal lead Tuesday night and lost to the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2.

So much for that two-game winning streak, one that coincided with Ed Snider’s visit with the Pope.

“It’s really disappointing,” said winger Wayne Simmonds, after turnovers led to Ryan Palmieri’s third-period breakaway, followed by a late 2-on-1 to spoil the night.
“We had the game. We were up 2-0 and we just stopped playing. We stood and around and started watching them instead of playing ourselves. We just stopped skating.”

That enabled the Ducks (10-3), who were fortunate in the first 35 minutes to still be on the pond, to reverse the momentum. After Matt Read banged home a goal in the first 3:40, then Vinny Lecavalier added a power-play goal on a perfect Claude Giroux pass, the Flyers had several chances to break the game open.

But Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller kept them at bay, enabling the Ducks to regroup. You would have thought the ice was tilted the way Anaheim controlled play after that. It started late in the second when Andrew Cogliano beat a helpless Steve Mason after a shot caromed off the boards right onto his stick. That was soon followed by Palmieri’s tying and winning goals in the third, as Anaheim outshot the Flyers 16-6 for the period and 37-28 for the game.

“I think it started in the second period,” said Craig Berube, whose club has now been outscored 14-5 in third periods. “We had a really good first period. Then, we got really sloppy in our play, and ended up turning the puck over too much. We didn’t do a very good job with the puck half of the second and third period, and that caused all the problems. You can’t be that sloppy with the puck and expect to win.”

On both the tying and winning goals Lecavalier was the main culprit. First, Palmieri stripped him of the puck at the blue line, then went in alone on Mason and beat him with a slick back-hander. Still, despite play being lopsided, the Flyers seemed likely to at least force it into overtime and assure themselves of a point. But, another turnover led to Nick Bonino setting up Palmieri for the game-winner at 15:51.

When a late Philadelphia power play failed to produce the equalizer the Flyers found themselves back in the Metropolitan basement at 3-8.

“Every game is important right now, especially with the start we got at the beginning of the year,” said Lecavalier, whose five goals not only lead the team but are five more than Giroux has. “We started the way we wanted to tonight. We got the lead. I don’t know what happened that second half. We were just a little bit flat. When you play good teams people take advantage of what you’re doing wrong. They did that tonight.”

Now it’s two days off to regroup before Alex Ovechkin and the Caps come to town Friday, followed by a quick trip up the Turnpike to face the Devils.

“It’s frustrating,” said Read, who has scored in three straight games. “The first period was probably one of our best periods of the year, and then we shut down and stopped playing Flyers hockey. I couldn’t tell you why. I have no clue. But every game that you lose, especially when you have a lead going in to the third period, you kick yourself in the butt.”

And hope that come April, when it’s time to see who makes the playoffs, games like this don’t come back to bite them there.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek mother of slain 11-year-old on involuntary…

Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old brother two weeks ago on involuntary manslaughter…

Local

Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Going Out

Get down and dirty at these neighborhood dives

Philly's got its share of innovative gastropubs and seen-and-be-seen drinking establishments with inventive cocktails served in mason jars. But sometimes we just want a shot…

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

Movies

Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.