In the course of the morning, John Tortorella talked about how the Flyers would inevitably expertise extra ache as they construct from the bottom up on this transitional season for the group.
Two days after his membership snapped a 10-game dropping streak, the ache got here again.
The Flyers have been no match for the pedigree-laden Lightning as they fell, 4-1, Thursday night time on the Wells Fargo Heart.
Carter Hart was frolicked to dry by his group in a game-deciding second interval. The 24-year-old goalie then surrendered a flukey aim within the third interval that made it 4-0 Tampa Bay.
The Flyers (8-11-5) are 1-8-3 of their final 12 video games. Travis Konecny returned to the lineup and scored the group’s lone aim.
A few days in the past, the beleaguered Flyers mercifully returned to the win column and completed a November to neglect at 3-8-4.
“There is a path ahead right here to be extra aggressive and I anticipate to be extra aggressive the remainder of the best way,” common supervisor Chuck Fletcher stated Thursday morning. “We’re 5 factors out of a wild-card spot now. We’ll see. We’ll see if we’ve got the potential of staying in that race and competing. However I do anticipate us to proceed to defend properly, proceed to compete and proceed to be a tough group to play in opposition to.”
With the Flyers turning the calendar to December, Tortorella emphasised the required work and persistence for his membership. Whereas hockey people by no means wish to concede something, the Flyers should not naive about this being no fast repair.
“While you’re feeling some ache — and we’ll really feel extra ache, we’ll undergo a whole lot of ache — once you begin feeling that ache, do you alter your considering and panic and readjust how you are going to go about it?” Tortorella stated throughout his group’s elective morning skate. “That is the essential half for us on this group — simply stick with it.
“It doesn’t matter what individuals wish to hear out right here, it is going to take a while to get this proper. If we wish to get it proper, it is going to take a while.
“You simply get caught within the mud when you proceed to place bandaids on and gimmicks to get individuals within the constructing, no matter it’s. You get individuals within the constructing and also you get it proper by successful. And the one manner you possibly can win is constructing it the correct manner. That is how we’ll go about it.”
The Flyers are 1-1-0 in opposition to the Lightning (14-8-1). The 2 golf equipment meet as soon as extra March 7 in Tampa Bay, Florida.
• The Flyers fell behind 2-0 for the twelfth time in 24 video games.
The Lightning took a stranglehold of the sport by dominating the Flyers within the second interval. They put Hart underneath siege, outshooting the Flyers 17-2.
Steven Stamkos picked up his 1,000th profession NHL level with an help on Nicholas Paul’s second aim of the sport as Tampa Bay grabbed its 2-0 lead.
The Flyers have been hanging on for expensive life however then surrendered a backbreaking aim to Ross Colton with simply 3.4 seconds left within the center stanza.
Egor Zamula, a 22-year-old prospect enjoying his twenty third profession NHL sport, had a pricey neutral-zone turnover that led to a Corey Perry breakaway. Hart made the preliminary save however Colton flushed the rebound to make it 3-0.
Hart completed with 23 saves. The third-period aim hit the again boards and squeezed between his skate and the publish.
Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 21 of the Flyers’ 22 pictures. He was superb within the first interval. The Flyers pushed laborious for the game-opening aim however the two-time champion Vasilevskiy would not break.
Paul then struck on an influence play with underneath 4 minutes left within the opening body. Tampa Bay improved to 8-0-0 when main after the primary interval.
• The Flyers bought two essential gamers again within the lineup with the returns of Konecny and Tony DeAngelo.
Konecny was out for the previous six video games due to an harm to his proper hand. DeAngelo misseddue to a lower-body harm.
The Flyers are lacking 4 forwards. Extra on.
• The homestand continues Saturday when the Flyers host the Devils (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
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