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Flyers Get Thrashed

Well the Flyers are trying to continue the trend of 13 of the last 14 meetings between these two teams went the Flyers way, but the latest story has been the Flyers resurgence of sorts. They have won 3 of their last 5 and 4 of their last 7 coming into tonight's game.

The first period saw the flyers coming out kind of flat and saw them not pressure so much. They got a lift from 2 first period powerplays to which they had no answer and sadly no goal to show for it thanks to great saves from Johan Hedberg, stopping many shots from the tricky Giroux and a point blank blast from the captain. While at the opposite end the dependable Emery saw little to no action and only 5 regular shots from outside the dots. On the next shift the flyers Scott Hartnell had a chance to put the orange and black up 1-0 in stead his bid for the tally slide right off the pad off Hedberg and the right through the crease on the rebound. Apparently dejected by the failed bid the flyers fail to get back and pick up their man and Jim slater puts it in at 19:11 to put the thrashers up 1-0. Even though being outshot 12-7 they were down 1-0 where it counts.

The Flyers seemed to gain their momentum back when they came out, well, flying in the second period with a dazzling goal
Claude Giroux. Seemingly following in the footsteps of giroux, Asham and Carcillo added goals to make it 3-1. The flyers seemingly on their way to dominate the Thrashers once again, their old nemesis rears its ugly head, and yes Philly dare i say it, Penalties. 2 mins of penalties through the first 40 minutes and 13 of the last 20 minutes was spent with someone wearing the black sweater in the box. The failure to capitalize on early powerplays and late penalties all in one period has done the flyers in again. The discipline hurt them as a tired Mike Richards and Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen took the ice in the late going third period. As Illya kovalchuk held shotless during the first 2 periods scores as well as Peverly and Slater's second of the game. When you outshoot a team 37-28 you expect to win the game but they must be quality shots and the Flyers didn't take quality shots and cash in on their chances, the Flyers had countless shots from the slot and every chance stoned and waved to the corner by Hedberg. Whatever Laviolette did to work on the powerplay and the penalty kill had clearly not shown in this affair. It was all about taking penalties and not cashing in on the powerplays.

I wish i could tell you that the Flyers had changed but its the same Ol' Flyers with the same Ol' result, a Loss on the scoreboard. So chalk up another loss for the orange and black in already disappointing season, where this team was supposed to contend for the cup, not the final playoff spot. The flyers are now 4 for thier last 8 winning half their games isnt going to get it done.

Their next game is against the struggling New York Islanders, who have lost 4 of thier last 5.

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