After a two game win streak, it looked like the Philadelphia Flyers were starting to play better and show that they were ready for this season. However, the Anaheim Ducks proved that they need to fight harder for a win.
There’s a reason the Ducks were able to come back from being down a goal and end up beating the Flyers on Tuesday night. Firstly, they have had a lot more success, as they have now increased their record to 10-3-0 and are climbing to the top of the rankings. They are currently 4th overall in the Western Conference, and with the offense they displayed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, that should come as no surprise. Their goaltender also did not crack under the pressure of being a down a goal, but that is probably because he knows he can rely on his offense to bring it back.
The Flyers showed in this game that some of their bad playing habits still exist. For example, turning over the puck and allowing the Ducks to just take over the rest of the game; that, and not being able to score on Jonas Hiller after the first period was over. They looked strong early on with those two early goals, but other than that, the Flyers fell flat for all the same reasons that they have been doing all season long. They have a weak offense, their forecheck disappeared halfway through the game, and they are just not playing a full 60 minutes.
Despite the loss, Vincent Lecavalier and Matt Read looked hot with the two goals they had scored. It’s just so disappointing that the two couldn’t have kept their momentum going while the Ducks’ offense heated up.