PART 1: They looked terrible.
After Ian Laperriere gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 1-0 lead just two minutes, ten seconds into Sunday afternoon's contest with the Ottawa Senators, they packed it in. It was like night and day. Playing with what looked like no desire, the Flyers allowed the Senators to score four straight goals en route to a 4-1 lead at the first intermission, while goaltender Michael Leighton was chased to the bench in the process.
PART 2: They wake back up.
Coming out of the break, the Flyers were, well.... flying. Darroll Powe scored just a minute into the period. Arron Asham put a weird one past a sprawling, out-of-position Pascal Leclaire a few minutes later. Then, on the power play, an absolute cannon from Mike Richards almost put a hole in the back of the net. Leclaire was pulled in favor of Brian Elliott during the second period, and the Flyers were in prime position to win it in the third having allllll the momentum.
PART 3: So much for that.
The third period became the Alex Kovalev show, as if that weren't the headline already. Already with two goals, the star who hasn't been so starry for the Senators this season scored two more. Chris Kelly added another. Three goals for Ottawa in the period, the Flyers fell flat again, and they lose by a 7-4 final score.
A tale of three periods, you could say. This was certainly a weird game, one that featured four different goaltenders, none of which really had too good of a day. You can look at the bright side, saying that, yeah, the Flyers were 4-1-1 on this road trip, and if you told us back before Christmas that would happen, we all would've jumped on it like a pogo stick on concrete.
The story, though, is that the Flyers are just a brutally underachieving, inconsistent team. They mentally check themselves in and out of games like there's a switch to flip. It's getting really old, really fast.
After the jump, questions with answers, comment of the day, and the high/low lights.
One more quick note:
- Kimmo Timonen: minus-2
- Braydon Coburn: minus-3
- Oskars Bartulis: minus-3
- Mike Richards: minus-4
- Simon Gagne: minus-5
- Claude Giroux: minus-6 (!!!!!)
Questions With Answers
- Is Danny Syvret still the scoring machine he proved himself to be during the Winter Classic? Uh, no.
- Will we see the Winter Classic jerseys again? At home against the grammatically incorrect team from Toronto on Wednesday
- Does Braydon Coburn get an assist? No, but he WAS a minus-3!
Comment of the Day
I really dislike Kovalev, and the majority of our team, today.
High and Low Lights