PHILADELPHIA – Yes, Wayne Simmonds scored again on the power play. It was his sixth power play goal in the last 10 games.
And yes, the power play, at times, looked good in creating opportunities. And yes, Tampa goalie Anders Lindback, while fortunate on a few occasions, did make 35 saves to earn the win over the Flyers.
That said, the Flyers had a golden opportunity to change the momentum of the game with a two-man advantage for 1:46 in the first period – and couldn’t score.
It wouldn’t be such a big deal if the Flyers didn’t struggle so much in 5-on-3 opportunities. They are now 1-for-8 this season.
“I think it was pretty good,” said Jake Voracek, who scored twice for the Flyers in the 6-3 loss to the Lightning. “In the beginning of the season it used to be worse, so we’re moving forward. We had a couple chances, I hit the posts personally. We didn’t score which obviously is not a good sign. But I think it gave us a little more momentum and I think we played a little better after that too.”
But if you want to score a goal on one in every three-or-four 5-on-4 power plays, then you want to score a goal on one in every two 5-on-3 chance, not one-in-eight.
“We had some good chances and it didn’t go in,” coach Craig Berube said. “We’ve had a tough time scoring on five-on-three this year.”
It’s also a bit perplexing that the Flyers struggle at home on the power play when they are so good on the road with the man advantage.
They are just 10-for-84 at the Wells Fargo Center, which is just 11.9 percent and ranks 28th in the NHL on home ice.
This compares to being 20-for-85 on the road, or 23.5 percent, seventh in the league.
NOTES: The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Flyers, all in regulation. The streak was the longest for the team since an 11-game streak from Oct. 27 – Dec. 5, 2003 and was the longest regulation streak since Feb. 10 – April 4, 1985, which spanned the last 14 games of that regular season…Claude Giroux recorded two assists and was 12-for-21 on faceoffs. He attempted 10 shots (six on goal, two blocked and two missed), seven of which were in the first period alone (4-1-2)… As a team, the Flyers put a total of 77 shots towards goal – 38 on goal, 19 blocked and 20 missed… Steve Mason allowed five goals, his most as a Flyer… Voracek picked up his third multi-goal game of the season…Sean Couturier was 10-for-14 on faceoffs… The Flyers will finish off a back-to-back set with a game tomorrow night at the New York Rangers. They have won six consecutive second-game situations in a back-to-back set… The Flyers have now killed off 22 consecutive shorthanded situations over the last seven games. It’s their longest streak of consecutive kills since they stopped 37 in a row over parts of 10 games from March 4-21, 2007. That included 32 over eight perfect games from March 6-20.
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