The night began like many have recently for the Philadelphia Flyers, facing a deficit early in the first period and fighting to find their way back. It has been the story of the past weeks, with Philadelphia putting themselves in a hole early and spending the entire game trying to dig themselves out. It proved once again to be too much as they fell in defeat for the third straight game, this time to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The story for Philadelphia continues to be defensive mistakes and untimely penalties. Columbus posted five goals, making it eight consecutive games where the Flyers have surrendered three or more goals. They continue to look out of sync offensively, although able to climb back into the game for a short time. They are making too many mistakes in their own end, failing to get the puck out of the zone, allowing good teams too many opportunities. The game saw Columbus win its eighth in a row, moving it past the Flyers in the Metropolitan division, while Philadelphia continues to flounder, searching for the magic that helped them get back into the playoff race.
The one bright spot on the night for the Flyers saw Vinny Lecavalier getting back on the scoresheet, tallying just his 11th goal of the season and his first in five games. Philadelphia can only hope that it will be the needed spark to get its most recent big name signing back on track and producing to his capabilities.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Flyers before a clash with the Atlantic division leading Boston Bruins on Saturday in Philadelphia. Defending as a team has to be at the top of the list for head coach Craig Berube, as the Flyers prepare to try and get back on track.