‘We were bad’ – Flyers suffer ugly home loss to Blackhawks in bad times

By | March 31, 2024

‘We were bad’ – Flyers suffer ugly home loss to Blackhawks at bad time originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Considering the circumstances, this was a brutal loss for the Flyers.

They topped the Blackhawks 5-1 on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Chicago has suffered 52 losses and is now 7-29-1.

The Flyers trailed for nearly two minutes of the game.

Tyson Foerster scored the lone goal for the Flyers (36-29-10). It was the rookie winger’s 20th of the season.

John Tortorella’s club has lost four games in a row (0-3-1). The Flyers will play two games in a six-straight series against teams not in playoff position. So far they are 0-2-0 and have been outscored 9-2.

“We just need to get some energy back and some confidence back in our game,” Tortorella said. “And we can’t lose our faith. We’ve worked too hard to get to this place, to play these kinds of games. Now we have to figure it out, we have to figure out how to get to the other one again.” side of it here.”

After winning four straight after the bye week and the All-Star break, the Flyers have gone 7-10-4.

“I just think for some reason we show up when we play against top teams,” Travis Sanheim said. “When we play against teams that are not in the play-off mix we seem to be playing at their level. It’s something we have to get better at, these are important points at the moment. Ultimately we have to find a way to to win, it doesn’t matter how we do it.”

The Flyers went 1-1-0 against the Blackhawks (22-47-5) in their two-game regular season series.

Chicago got third-period goals from Joey Anderson and MacKenzie Entwistle to put the Flyers aside for good.

“That’s a good, old-fashioned spanking,” Tortorella said.

• The Flyers fell out of third place, a spot they had held since Jan. 24.

On the tiebreaker of fewer games played, the Capitals defeated the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division race. Both clubs have 82 points, but Washington still has two games in hand. The Flyers host the Capitals on April 16 in the regular-season finale for each team.

“We responded well to adversity,” Sean Couturier said. “These last two games were a bit of a missed opportunity, but one thing I know about this group is that we’re going to keep fighting until the end. We’re giving ourselves a chance to keep playing here until the spring.”

The Flyers fell to the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot. They have a two-point lead over the Red Wings in that race.

The Tortorella club entered Saturday with a 68.1 percent chance of making the postseason, according to Hockey-Reference.com’s probability report. There are still seven games to go.

• For the third time in the last four games, the Flyers fell behind 2-0.

Lukas Reichel knocked in his own rebound after a go-ahead effort to put the Flyers down 1-0 after just 2:01 minutes.

With three minutes left in the first period, the Flyers gave up a 3-on-2 rush against Chicago and Philipp Kurashev beat Samuel Ersson with a clean shot.

The 24-year-old rookie finished with 19 saves on 24 shots.

Foerster pulled the Flyers within 2-1 17 seconds into the second period. But when the Flyers threatened, they missed opportunities to tie the game. Travis Konecny ​​called the post 10 seconds after Foerster’s goal and the Flyers came up empty after two power plays. Their man advantage ended at 0 for 3.

“I thought we started a little slow there,” Foerster said. “We just have to play better at this time of year.”

With less than three and a half minutes to go in the middle stanza, Scott Laughton was whistled for a tripping penalty. The Blackhawks took advantage of a power-play goal from Nick Foligno, putting the Flyers back within two at the second intermission.

“We’re not executing,” Tortorella said of his team’s offensive struggles over the past two games. “I’m trying to be honest with you about the game itself that we’re playing. I don’t think we’ve played bad until tonight. We’ve been bad tonight. We haven’t played, we haven’t played once.

“Maybe that’s what needs to happen. I think we’ve hit the bottom here tonight and maybe it needs to happen before we can get back into it. … We’re going to clear the deck, we’ve got to start again on Monday and hopefully we can restore us.”

In support of Ersson, Ivan Fedotov donned the Flyers jersey and took the Wells Fargo Center ice for the first time.

He acknowledged the crowd during warmups and hugged his teammates during the morning skate.

After a long and difficult process, the 27-year-old Russian goalkeeper finally joined the Flyers on Friday.

Chicago netminder Arvid Soderblom stopped 30 of the Flyers’ 31 shots. The 24-year-old entered 4-20-1 with a 4.02 goals-against average and an .876 save percentage.

• The Flyers got a key piece back in Nick Seeler.

The 30-year-old defender missed eleven games due to an injury to his left ankle and foot. During those 11 games, the Flyers gave up 4.00 goals per game and 10 power play goals.

Seeler was placed on injured reserve the same day Sean Walker was traded, wiping out the Flyers’ second defensive pairing in early March.

“I don’t think there was a first or second couple, especially when we saw the marriage between Walks and Seels, how that worked,” Tortorella said at Saturday’s morning skate. “They played some big minutes like a first pair would.”

• Jamie Drysdale has continued his on-ice rehabilitation from an upper body injury, believed to be in the left shoulder and arm area.

The 21-year-old defender underwent some contact exercises during training on Friday and took part in the morning skate on Saturday.

He’s been out for just under five weeks.

• The Flyers host the Islanders on Monday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP). They then have three days before their next match and eleven days before their next home match.

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