Penguins have fun in Philly, leave in 1st place

Ruben Hill
March 9, 2018

The last game between the two team had a heartless effort from the Flyers and an even worse second period. The absolutely frightful call took all the physicality of the game.

For the Flyers, Petr Mrazek has played the last six games after coming over from Detroit at the deadline because injuries had left Philadelphia without a veteran. They struggle in penalty kill percentage (#29), win percentage when leading after first period (#28) and win percentage when leading after second period (#26). The Flyers picked up two goals in the first six minutes of the second.

Konecny put Philadelphia ahead 3:54 later when he batted the puck over Jarry's right pad.

The Flyers are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record, 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall.

The Philadelphia Flyers have been getting destroyed on the defensive end during this losing stretch and playing on the end of a back to back likely won't help them much. The Capitals have two games in hand on the Penguins. Guentzel's shot from the high slot deflected off Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning to a wide-open Sheary to the right of the net, and Mrazek couldn't recover in time.

The Flyers would respond, scoring the next two goals - on from Jakub Voracek, the other from Travis Konecny - to take a 2-1 lead in the second period.

The Flyers never changed their level of play in the third period. The Flyers actually outplayed the Penguins for the majority of the opening 30 minutes and briefly held a 2-1 lead, but there were a few too many key flaws and breakdowns that the Penguins capitalized upon to take control of the game. The Flyers could only manage nine shots on goal and very little pressure for the final twenty minutes of this game.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 38th goal of the season in the game.

The Flyers only have twenty-four hours to think about the way they have been playing before they play the Boston Bruins.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Flyers are 68 W 94 L 21 T and 10 OTL all-time against the Bruins. The Flyers were shut out when they played the Bruins back in December.

The Flyers sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, three points ahead of the New Jersey Devils. They lost rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a knee injury that should cost him a month, and will also be without veteran David Backes, who received a three-game suspension from the National Hockey League on Wednesday for a Tuesday night hit on Detroit's Frans Nielsen.

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