The Philadelphia Flyers lost listlessly against the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night.
After uninspired first and second periods, Philadelphia found a temporary burst of energy from Shayne Gostisbehere’s coast to coast goal but in the end, got what they deserved in the waning seconds of the game.
The Flyers received goals from Matt Read (7th) and Shayne Gostisbehere (8th) in the losing effort. Both goals were beauties but tonight’s game gets at a more pressing, underlining issue with this team. The routinely lackluster efforts against some of the lower tier teams in the league is NOT acceptable for any team but is especially true for a team like the Flyers, who do not have enough talent to get by on talent alone. Yet, they continually find ways to look down on the opposition and get outclassed by them. It’s frustrating but not surprising as this team has found ways to lose like this many times in the past.
Losing goaltender Steve Mason was perhaps the only player good enough to win this evening as he stopped 32 of 35 shots fired his way. Mason’s record falls to 10-11-6 on the year but tonight it was not on the goaltender. The team in front of him let down their guard.
Here are your game notes:
Team wide execution in all three zones was pedestrian and while some of that can be attributed to the work Toronto did, getting outhustled by a lesser team is not an excuse. Not only was poor passing and unforced turnovers an issue, Philadelphia also got outworked for a ton of 50/50 pucks in the corners. They have no one to blame but themselves for that.
Ultimately, the margin for error at this stage of the season is nonexistent and many of the teams the Flyers are chasing picked up points tonight. With that said, the Flyers have played some pretty solid hockey over the last ten games; that doesn’t excuse getting beat like they did tonight but should give this team the added kick in the rear when they head to Pittsburgh for a showdown with the Penguins on Thursday night.
Another effort like tonight can’t prevail again as there is too many teams to hurdle for playoff position.