Flyers Lose Third Straight After Loss to Hurricanes
Two critical mistakes in the defensive zone allowed the Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1) to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0) on Sunday night by a score of 2-1.
This loss marks the third in a row, and the second in as many nights for the beleaguered Flyers, who continue to search for win number one, and more than one goal in a game, on the early season.
It also marked a successful start to Carolina's tenure in the new Metropolitan Division.
The Hurricanes came off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings in their season opener on Friday. In a furious first period, the Hurricanes vastly outshot Philadelphia 17-6 after one period. They never let their foot off the gas pedal throughout the whole game, finally outshooting the Flyers 34-18.
As a result of this strong play, Flyers' starter Steve Mason allowed a soft goal to Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison. Harrison simply flipped a wrister along the ice with light traffic in front of Mason. That goal made it 1-0 just nine minutes into the contest.
Defenseman Ryan Murphy racked up his first NHL point with an assist.
Luke Schenn committed the second Flyers miscue after he started a breakout from behind his net, but in the process, he fed it directly to Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak in the slot, who scored his second goal of the year.
Dvorak joined Carolina after signing a professional tryout during training camp. He now leads the team with two goals in two games.
A third miscue almost cost them after a puck skipped right in front of an open net with Mason anticipating a dump in during the third period. Alex Semin chipped that bouncing puck wide keeping the score 2-1.
Mason finished the game stopping 32 of 34 shots.
An inability to clear defensively, and another scuffling offensive effort allowed Carolina to play a stifling defense in the third period, and an aggressive forecheck crushed any offensive momentum that the Flyers could muster.
As a whole, Flyers players had only scored two goals coming into this evening's contest, meaning some unlikely offensive contributors had to step up to the plate. Kris Newbury, inserted into the lineup for this game, won a key offensive zone draw right to Luke Schenn, who ducked a defender and sniped the puck over Anton Khudobin to tie it at 1 in the second period.
A short review proved that the goal stood.
Khudobin played well in his Carolina debut, stopping 17 of 18 Flyers offerings. He played especially strong towards the game's conclusion, shutting down all three shots by the Flyers in the third period.
A night after allowing nine power plays in Montreal, Flyers players took four penalties in this game, killing all four opportunities. However, a stagnant power play could not break through in its two opportunities. Now, the power play stands at 2 for 14 (14%)
The Flyers have lost their first three games for the second consecutive season. It now also rivals the start of the 2008 season, as the Flyers lost their first six games of the season in a row.
As a result, the winless Flyers join the Buffalo Sabres in the league basement to start the 2013-14 season.