Craig Berube suffered his first loss as Philadelphia Flyers head coach tonight at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes. Not only did the Flyers lose the game, but they lost two key players to injury. Vinny Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell each sustained lower body injuries that took them out of the game. The injuries appear to be more than day-to-day injuries as well. Steve Mason was in goal for the Flyers, and Thomas Greiss started for the Coyotes. Again, Mason played well, but he was once again outplayed by the opposing goalie.
The Flyers once again came out a step behind the opposition. Phoenix quickly capitalized on this, with Rob Klinkhammer deflecting a Derek Morris shot just two and a half minutes into the game in the net past Mason to give the Coyotes the 1-0 lead. The Flyers seemed to be playing a step behind the Coyotes through the first period. And about halfway through the period, Scott Hartnell sustained an injury and did not return to the game. Thomas Greiss was solid, stopping all of the Flyers shots in the period.
The Flyers would even it up in the second period, on a Max Talbot goal, the only goal that the Flyers were able to get past Greiss on the night. Zac Rinaldo, who drew an assist on the goal, committed an ill-advised roughing penalty that put the Flyers a man down at the end of the period. Phoenix would make them pay with just 13 seconds left in the period on a goal by Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the power play. This put the Coyotes up 2-1 for good.
Thomas Greiss shut the door on the Flyers in the third period. The Flyers were not able to generate much offense in the third period, and subsequently came away with nothing to show for it. The Coyotes allowed a decent number of shots on the night, with Greiss facing a total of 38 shots on the night. He would go on to stop 37 shots, despite the Flyers having a number of chances to tie the game up. Vinny Lecavalier did not play in tonight's third period, as he is reported to have sustained his injury at the end of the second period.
Another night, another sub-par effort by the Flyers offense. They did generate 38 shots, but did not sustain offensive pressure as much as they needed to. Also, the opposing goalie once again outshined Steve Mason, who stopped 29 of 31 shots in a very solid effort. The Flyers just can't seem to find a way to win, despite coming off of a solid win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. They have also scored just 6 goals on the season in 5 games. The Flyers travel to Detroit for a quick turn-around game versus the Red Wings tomorrow night.
Phoenix: 2:41 – Rob Kilnkhammer (1), Assisted by Derrick Morris (3) and Tim Kennedy (1)
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