The Philadelphia Flyers have lost nine straight games. The team was booed off the ice at the end of the second and third period against San Jose on Tuesday evening. “Fire Hakstol” chants could be heard throughout the Wells Fargo Center.
Despite the losses piling up, GM Ron Hextall still believes the Flyers are a playoff team.
Captain Claude Giroux called a team meeting after the Flyers ninth straight loss and GM Ron Hextall later weighed in on the current state of the Flyers.
“I still believe we’re a playoff team, yes,” Hextall said following the meeting. “We need to be better at some critical moments, but some of it we have to keep doing what we’re doing because we’re doing a lot of good things. (Tuesday) I don’t think was our best game, but we’re feeling some fatigue in the third period and probably a little bit of frustration.”
The Flyers have gotten at least one point in five of the nine losses. The last time a Flyers team suffered a nine-game losing streak during the regular season, they went on to the Eastern Conference Finals (2007-08).
“If we were playing poorly, I would be the first to say we were playing poorly. I would be,” Hextall said. “We are not playing poorly. To look at objectively at our team right now, and to say we’re playing poorly, no. Are we shooting ourselves in the foot at times? Yes, we are. Critical mistakes at critical times, yes. It’s kind of what happens when the snowball starts to go the wrong way and you start doing things that are a little bit unpredictable. But you look at our effort and at times our execution, if you took the score away the last nine games that I’ve seen and tell me we’re 0-9, I’d be like, ‘come on.’
“So the point is we have to find ways to win. Nobody is looking for excuses around here. We are going to battle through this. We are going to get through it.”
The Flyers return to action Saturday afternoon against the Bruins.