The Philadelphia Flyers dropped yet another road game on Saturday night, as they continued their poor six-game road trip. This time, they fell to the hands of the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 4-1. There really wasn’t anything positive to take from this game, unless of course you are a Montreal fan. In that case, good for you.
Remember when I reiterated that the Flyers need to get off to quick starts? Yeah, about that. Philadelphia once again refused to set the tone from the puck-drop on Saturday night, as the Canadiens out-shot the Flyers 12-2 during the first period, resulting in a Brendan Gallagher goal about nine minutes in.
Period two was an improvement, but of course, another slow start from the Flyers as David Desharnais lit the lamp less than two minutes in, giving Montreal a 2-0 edge. Danny Briere would find the back of the net later on, cutting the lead in half entering the third and final stage.
Philadelphia’s play in the third resembled that of the first period; slow and lacking aggression. They were out-shot 11-9, watching goals from Tomas Plekanec and an empty-netter from Rene Bourque seal the deal for the Habs.
Once again, the Flyers man advantage looked awful, going 0-4. They appeared to be very indecisive with their offense, shooting when nothing was there, while passing up a shot when a shooting lane was actually open. Newly appointed captain Claude Giroux believes he and the rest of the guys simply need to be better.
“”There’s no compete,” Giroux said. “We’re not winning battles. We’re just going through the motions. You know, we’re a young team that can skate. We should be winning more battles than this. It’s just frustrating to see. I know I have to be better, but a team is 20 guys and you need everybody to show up.”
The Flyers will look to “show up” on Monday, as they play game five of their six-game trip against the New York Islanders.