Philadelphia Flyers Crumble Against Columbus Blue Jackets

By Deanna Vasso
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The Philadelphia Flyers went home for the third game in a row in disappointment in the aftermath of their defeat at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers loss to the Blue Jackets in a 5-2 score was truly devastating. The Flyers were sluggish in their make-up game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday and needed to wake up, but their performance on Thursday was proof that they didn’t take that lesson with them to Columbus.

As predicted, after being pulled on Wednesday, Steve Mason did not face off against his former team, but Ray Emery did not have much luck either. Sergei Bobrovsky proved to be better and a harder netminder for the Flyers offense to get past, while Emery struggled to survive.

The Flyers had a lot of penalties in the game, but only one more than the Blue Jackets, so it’s clear discipline was not their only issues. Most of the issues the Flyers had on the ice on Thursday are the issues the team has been struggling with overall. December has not been kind to the team, and it has shown as of late.

The Flyers need to wake up because in their past two games, it looked like they were sleep walking through it. The offense needs to actually be at the other end of the ice in order to score goals. On Thursday, they struggled to do that. Another problem they have been struggling with lately is the amount of turnovers they allowed. The Flyers are not helping their goaltender if they are essentially handing the puck over to their enemies.

The Flyers have to make some adjustments to their game when they return to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday to face off against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins will be a tougher fight, so they have a lot of work to do.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.

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