After seeing their 10-game home winning streak snapped in their previous contest, the Philadelphia Flyers saw another winnable game slip through their fingers at the hands of the Nashville Predators, who had previously lost their last five on the road.
Philadelphia continues to make things difficult on themselves. After getting off to an uncharacteristically quick start on a Brayden Schenn goal just over a minute into the game, the Flyers allowed Nashville to climb into the lead before the opening period ended. As has been the case, the Flyers played a large portion of the contest from behind.
Playing against Predators goalie Carter Hutton in just his 22nd career game, Philadelphia’s offense had surprising trouble finding its stride for much of the night. They looked out of sync and couldn’t control the play as they hoped.
Philadelphia was able to find its way back into the contest. They held onto a tie after two, only to see the Predators tally the go ahead early in the third period. Continuing to battle their way back, the Flyers were able to once again pull off a late period escape and tie the game, saving one point on the night.
Wayne Simmonds, who has been one of the hottest Flyers over the past few weeks, was able to tally the tying goal, raising his point total on the night to three after he assisted on the first two goals. It wasn’t enough in the end though. Neither team was able to score in the extra period, and after trading misses and makes in the shootout, the Flyers finally gave way to Nashville on the seventh shooter.
All season long, Philadelphia been playing with fire and choosing to do things the hard way, waiting until late in games and turn it on. On Thursday, their late third-period effort was not enough to gain the needed points in the standings. Now, they’ll look ahead to rebound on Saturday against the New York Islanders, who they’ve beaten twice already this season.
Some work needs to be done in advance to shore up their play and solidify the positive things they were doing when they climbed back into the playoff race, but it should provide them with an opportunity to get back on track.