The Philadelphia Flyers continue to play with a lack of discipline and their 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings showed exactly that. Any forward progress the Flyers make is negated by the penalties that just keep stacking up.
The Flyers need for more discipline showed in the first period. With Scott Hartnell out for the next two to four weeks and Vinny Lecavalier out for the next week, the Flyers had to call up Tye McGinn and Michael Raffl from the Adirondack Phantoms. McGinn and Raffl each had penalties called on them. Raffl's hooking penalty led to a Red Wings power play goal, the only goal of the first period. Braydon Coburn also had a penalty at the end of the period which gave the Red Wings a man advantage to start the second.
Three penalties in the first period is unacceptable and if they continue to get penalties like this, then it will be extremely hard for them to win games.
Ray Emery didn't look too good and you could tell he was having a tough time with the Red Wings power plays, the worst ranked power plays in the NHL so far this season. Emery was seen complaining to a referee about getting run into by a Red Wings player on each power play. It was only Emery's second start, but you can clearly see that he is going to be referred to as the backup now because Steve Mason has strung together good games so far. The team also seems to play better in front of Mason than they do in front of Emery.
The Flyers lucked out when the Red Wings didn't convert on their power play to start the second period. However, Luke Schenn was the fourth Flyer to be sent to the penalty box and it was another costly penalty for the Flyers. Detroit's Nicklas Kronwall scored with two seconds left on the power play to put the Red Wings up 2-0.
In the third period, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored their third power play goal after Coburn was called for high-sticking. McGinn made up for his first period penalty by scoring about two minutes after Datsyuk scored.
In total, the Flyers were called for seven penalties and three of them resulted in power play goals. The Flyers had four power plays and didn't convert on any of them. The seven penalties against the Red Wings now makes it a total of 45 called on them in six games.
Flyers head coach Craig Berube said the team has to stop taking dumb penalties because it's been happening for a while now. Now that Berube is the head coach, he will be implementing his system and hopefully his system will get he Flyers moving in the right direction where more goals are scored than penalties are taken.
Let's face it… the Flyers aren't going anywhere if they keep taking undisciplined penalties because they are basically giving games away. They are ranked ninth in the penalty kill, but need to keep that performance going and improve on it. They gave up three goals to the worst power play in the league because the penalty kills broke down.
While Berube needs a few games make the changes necessary to turn the team around, the quicker the team gets things going, the better off they will be. They can't afford to keep going in their current direction because that makes their hole to climb out of deeper and deeper.
The Flyers are back in Philly to take on the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. for the start of their three game home stand.
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