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Sloppy Play Costs Philadelphia Flyers Much-Needed Win

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This one had everything Philadelphia Flyers fans didn’t want. Needing just six more points to make the playoffs, the Flyers failed to pick any points Thursday night when they were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus, who entered Thursday’s contest just four points behind Philly, now find themselves trailing for third in the Metropolitan Division by a mere two points.

It wasn’t really the Jackets who defeated the Flyers. If you watched this one, you know for a fact that the Flyers clearly beat themselves.

The first period was about as sloppy as a period can be. Philadelphia was out-hustled on both ends of the ice. Columbus’ explosive speed out of the gate was too much for the Flyers to handle. On top of not being able to match the quick pace, Philly failed to score on three power play chances in the first period, and four overall. On top of all that, they had eight turnovers. Columbus didn’t score off of any of them, but it didn’t help the Flyers polish their game any.

Oddly enough, it was the Blue Jackets who played last night, but they were the ones who looked like they had more energy. When the Flyers were finally able to catch up to the speed of Columbus, they couldn’t get anything pass Sergei Bobrovsky. He was playing on a completely different planet, saving 36 shots en route to his fourth shutout of the season.

This one left Flyers fans with an awfully bad taste in their mouths. The Flyers will play on Saturday against the Boston Bruins, a game they desperately need to win if they want to continue to control their own fate. No need to hit the panic button just yet, but they definitely have their hands hovering over it.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook.