We all knew it had to end sooner or later, but we all hoped it would be much, much later that the Flyers finally lost a home game. Coming into Saturday’s afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flyers were riding a 10 game winning streak on home ice. Looking to make it 11, the Flyers started against a team that they’ve struggled against. Earlier this season the Flyers lost 4-2 in their first of three meetings between the teams.
Tye McGinn was called up for the Flyers in place of Zac Rinaldo, who will be out at least 6 weeks with a high ankle sprain and Matt Read is still out with concussion symptoms. Unfortunately the slight changes in the offensive lineup weren’t helpful against the Bolts. The tone of the game was set early on when the Lightning scored 4:33 into the first period because of a turnover by Grossmann. From then on it was a slow game, despite a scoring surge by Jake Voracek which didn’t last long before Tampa managed to boos their lead by 2 goals again.
And so ended the streak, bad devensive play and an off night from Steve Mason meant the end of the home wins streak, but there was still a chance to salvage the weekend and bounce back against the New York Rangers. Unfortunately The moment we realized that the Rangers had a fast paced offense, fans hearts sank knowing that our defense was, well, not fast at all. Continuing their slow defensive play from Saturday’s game, the Flyers set the stage for the whole game early when former Flyer Dan Carcillo scored his first goal as a ranger 2 minutes in. Then 30 seconds later the Rangers scored again putting the Flyers into an early 2 goal deficit, but the 1st period embarrassment didn’t stop there as the Rangers scored yet again to gain a 3-0 lead … in the FIRST PERIOD.
When the Flyers finally managed to wake up a little bit later in the second, they just couldn’t solve Henrik Lundqvist. The Flyers did manage to rob Lundqvist of a shutout early in the third, but that’s as close as they would come in a terrible 4-1 loss.
The consecutive losses dropped the Flyers from their hard earned 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division (The Capitals had earned one point to pull ahead of the Flyers) to 4th , now behind both the Capitals and the Rangers. The weekend definitely put a dent in the progress they made on the previous six game road trip. They’re looking to bounce back in their next game against the Buffalo Sabers.