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Flyers lose second straight shootout

The Flyers are 0-2 in shootouts this season, but at least now they're finally getting points.

The Flyers squandered a late game-tying goal by Jakub Voracek with their second straight shootout loss, this time to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at home on Tuesday. It's their fourth straight loss, bringing their record to 0-2-2.

“They’re big points," Claude Giroux told reporters after the game. "Maybe they don’t look like it right now, but the end of the season those two points are going to be crucial probably. We just have to make sure next time we get it done.”

The Flyers managed 42 shots on Anaheim netminder Frederick Andersen. He stopped 39 in the win.

A slow start forced the Flyers to play catch-up for much of the game. Anaheim jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Tim Jackman and Devante Smith-Pelley.

As Nicklas Grossmann put it, the Flyers played two-and-a-half periods of good hockey.

"Yea but two-and-a-half isn’t enough," he said. "Everyone knows that. We have a lot of work. It’s details.

"We keep saying the same things over and over but it’s the truth. We need to clean up a few things. A few mistakes here and there.

"Like today the start was not good. We need to get better. The other day (Saturday against Montreal) the start was good, the ending was not good."

The Flyers defense, again, turned out a poor performance, especially on Anaheim's goals. Nick Schultz, who has played fairly well in Braydon Coburn's absence, and Andrew MacDonaldo were both minus-2's for the game.

The Flyers received a scare in the second period when Grossmann awkwardly went into the boards. Grossmann was dazed, but was fine. He returned in the third period with a new partner in Mark Streit.

“Yeah it’s alright, I mean he’s a great player, he moves the puck well—you try to get it to him and let him make plays," Grossmann said. "So regardless who you’re playing with you try and go out and do your job.”

Michael Del Zotto was a tail of two defensemen. He was way out of position on Jackman's goal to put the Ducks up 1-0. But in the third, he helped set up Jakub Voracek's game-tying goal.

Another constant throughout the start of the Flyers' season is how well Wayne Simmonds is playing. He scored again, bringing his season total to five goals.

Simmonds has also scored in three straight games, and has recorded at least two points in that same span. He led the Flyers in scoring last season, and right now, is on pace to easily pass the 30-goal mark and do the same again.

The Flyers are off until Saturday when they head to Dallas, who beat Columbus earlier 4-2 for its first win of the season.

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John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
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