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The Flyers need to bounce back from a blowout loss, just like they did all season

The Flyers don’t get blown out often, but when they do they usually have a strong response

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Two Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers suffered quite possibly their worst loss in over a year in Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens.

They looked disheveled from the get-go, allowing a goal just 62 seconds into the contest. It only went downhill from their as the Canadiens chased Carter Hart after four goals and went on to win 5-0, but I don’t know if that score did it justice. The Flyers were bad on Friday.

Through two games, the Flyers have been the better team in maybe two or three periods. The first and third periods of Game 1 leaned the Flyers way, with the Canadiens taking control of the second period in Game 1 and most of Game 2. The third period went the Flyers’ way a bit, but it was 4-0 at that point and it really didn’t matter.

There are two opposite mindsets after Games 1 and 2 of the series. On one hand, it’s a 1-1 series and most people expected the series to go five or six games (with the Flyers winning). On the other hand, the Canadiens completely controlled Game 2 and have the Flyers off their game. The Flyers can regroup and bring it for Game 3, or they can panic.

The good news is that the Flyers have been a resilient bunch all season long. Hell, they lost to Lausanne HC of the National League in Switzerland just a few days before winning the season opener.

It’s been well reported that the Flyers haven’t lost back-to-back games since January 7th, but they’ve bounced back from blowout losses all season long, too. The Flyers lost 5-0 in Game 2, which was just their fourth loss by five or more goals all season. In fact, they only lost five games by four or more goals during the regular season. They need to bounce back in Game 3, which is something that they’ve made a habit of. The Flyers went 3-0-0 after losing by five or more goals in the regular season, and 1-0-1 after losing by four goals. They got points in all five games following a blowout loss.

Let’s take a look at those five sets of games.

October 29th: 7-1 loss at Pittsburgh Penguins

November 1st: 4-3 win (SO) at New Jersey Devils

The Flyers’ first matchup with the Penguins did not go as planned this season. After a miraculous five-goal third period comeback win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Flyers suffered consecutive losses to the New York Islanders (5-3) and Penguins to bring them down to 5-5-1 on the season.

That was one of the early low points for the Flyers, who answered the bell with a gutsy win the next time out. An injured Sean Couturier scored a goal and then the shootout winner with a nice move to take down the Devils and start a point streak. Starting with that win, they won five of six games during a seven game point streak to silence any early doubters.

The Flyers were one of the best teams in the league from November 1st on, and it started with the win against the Devils.

December 15th: 7-3 loss at Winnipeg Jets

December 17th: 4-1 win vs. Anaheim Ducks

Another one of the Flyers’ low points during the season was in the middle of December. The Flyers lost all three games on a road trip to the Western Conference, with Oskar Lindblom’s diagnosis coming smack dab in the middle of them. Looking back on it – and even in the moment –, it’s understandable. Just like now with players looking at the big picture about their health and their family’s health, the Flyers must’ve had so much on their minds regarding Oskar while still trying to play hockey. After their road trip finale, the Flyers came home and the entire Wells Fargo Center rallied around Oskar. The Flyers showed it on the ice, too, with a 4-1 win.

December 28th: 6-1 loss at San Jose Sharks

December 29th: 2-1 win (OT) at Anaheim Ducks

After four straight wins – starting with the 4-1 win against the Ducks – to head into the holiday break, the Flyers put up a clunker in their first game of the dreaded Disney on Ice road trip. They then had to travel from San Jose to Anaheim and play the very next night. The Flyers didn’t look their best in Anaheim, but they clawed their way to an overtime win. Sure, the Ducks weren’t exactly a great team, but a win is a win, especially after a bad loss.

January 4th: 6-2 loss at Arizona Coyotes

January 7th: 5-4 loss (OT) at Carolina Hurricanes

The end of the Disney on Ice trip wasn’t great either. The Flyers went down 3-0 in the first period to the Coyotes and couldn’t dig out of that hole. That gave the Flyers a 1-4-0 record on the road trip, with the lone win being the overtime game in Anaheim.

The Flyers then came back to the East Coast to end the trip and put up a good fight in Carolina. The Flyers got out to an early 2-0 lead, and there was a thought that things were starting to look up. However, the doubt crept in as the Hurricanes scored two goals to tie it before the first intermission and two more early in the second period. The Flyers battled back with two goals to tie it, including one with under five minutes remaining. Unfortunately, Carolina won it in overtime, but the Flyers showed some fight at the end of a long road trip.

That January 7th game is also the turning point of the season. It was the last time the Flyers lost back-to-back games, going 19-6-1 as one of the best teams in the leagues from January 8th until the end of the season.

February 6th: 5-0 loss vs. New Jersey Devils

February 8th: 7-2 win at Washington Capitals

The Flyers’ most recent blowout loss, and the one most similar to the loss in Game 2, came in the midst of their hot streak in February. They were on a 6-2-1 streak with their next two games against two of the worst teams in the league: the Red Wings and Devils. After a “disappointing” 3-0 win in Detroit, the Flyers needed to get up for the game against New Jersey to stay hot. They were able to win without their best game in Detroit, but they needed a convincing win against the Devils. Unfortunately, that did not happen

The Flyers looked off against the Devils and couldn’t get anything going despite having some chances. They got shut out, 5-0, just like they did in Game 2.

Despite the recent month of great play, there was panic in the air after back-to-back subpar performances. They were slated to face a pretty tough schedule in a fight for playoff position and some worried that they were running out of steam. There is also some panic in the air now after the Game 2 loss. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in Game 3, but the Flyers answered the bell – and then some – back in February. The Flyers poured it on in Washington to the tune of a 7-2 victory. It was a statement win that solidified their status as contenders.

Game 2: 5-0 loss vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game 3: ???

The Flyers need to bounce back after one of their worst losses under Alain Vigneault. They’ve looked lost at times in this series and Game 3 is a pivotal one. “I think our leadership focus is the right way. Make sure the preparation, the accountability is there,” Vigneault said when asked about the Flyers’ ability to regroup after a bad loss.

“Yesterday we had a bad day,” he continued. “We need to turn the page. We need to focus on moving forward here and coming up with our A-game tomorrow. That’s what we’re going to try to do.”

The Flyers were able to respond to losses very well during the regular season, especially in the second half. They’re going to need that to carry over to the playoffs to take a 2-1 series lead on Sunday night.

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