Panthers 4, Flyers 1: Time for concern?

Updated: March 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Thursday night against Carolina they were due for a clunker. Saturday against Tampa was the one that slipped away.

Today against the Panthers was downright pitiful.

1ST PERIOD

The Flyers just never had the ball in their court in this one.

Just two minutes into the first period Radko Gudas took a questionable interference penalty which subsequently led to a power play for the Panthers. They took no time in getting themselves on the board as Aleksander Barkov found a seam between Lehtera and Filppula, skated around Oduya, and beat Mrazek with a beautiful move to put the Panthers up early.

Radko Gudas came back and tried to inject some life into the team with a huge hit after Barkov’s goal, but that led to a fight with Jared McCann.

That energy would be short-lived and the Flyers showed no spark in the ensuing minutes. Evgenii Dadonov picked up a flip pass from Nick Bjustad and fired a shot that beat Mrazek. That goal was certainly one that the goalie would like to have back, but nevertheless, the Flyers now found themselves down 2-0.

Florida outshot the Flyers 10-9 in the first period.

2ND PERIOD

The second period started and the Flyers once again found themselves shorthanded early as Nolan Patrick went to the box for a hook. The Flyers managed to kill that one off and keep the game within reach. They had some chances, including a few that rang iron, but nothing found the back of the net.

With just under two minutes left in the second, Evgenii Dadonov found the net once again to extend the Panther’s lead to 3.

The Flyers outshot the Panthers 14-9 in the period but failed to generate anything in the way of goals, and they were down 3-0 heading into the third.

3RD PERIOD

The Flyers desperately needed to come out in the third period with some fire if they wanted the two points that were on the table tonight. They came out and did exactly the opposite.

Radko Gudas took another high-sticking penalty just two seconds into the period and the Flyers once again found themselves short-handed. The team officially killed off the penalty but shortly after that ended, Jonathan Huberdeau scored to make it a 4-0 game and essentially seal the deal for the Panthers.

The Flyers showed a little life late in the period. Travis Konecny found a loose puck in front of the net and put it past Luongo.

That got Giroux another point on the year and Konecny another goal on the year, but that was really the only positive to take from this game.

The Flyers outshot Florida 17-7 in the third period but ultimately fell 4-1.

QUICK HITTERS

  1. ¬†Taylor Leier saw a little bit over 4 minutes of ice time in this game and that is not because he was hurt. It may have had something to do with the turnover that led to one of the Florida goals, but on a team that needed offense, it’s hard to justify sitting one of your speedy forwards. The Flyers really could have used his speed in the bottom 6, but Leier sat in the dog house in this one.
  2. Johnny Oduya had just one shift in the third period after taking a hard hit earlier in the game. This was his first game in the orange and black and if he is injured that comes at a really bad time for the Flyers. Andrew MacDonald sat this game out with an upper-body injury. If Oduya and MacDonald¬†are hurt that will certainly force the Flyers hand and force them to call up Travis Sanheim. Something that should’ve been done a long time ago.
  3. The Flyers have now lost three games in a row and gotten 1 point in those six games. Early March is a very bad time to start playing like that and the schedule only gets harder from here on out. They see Pittsburgh, Boston, Winnipeg, and Las Vegas over the next week. Those are some of the best teams in the league. If the Flyers don’t at least break .500 in those games, they could quickly find themselves fighting for a wild card spot again. If they win those games, this 3 game skid will soon be forgotten.

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