Sans Lecavalier the Flyers Drop Another

Amid news that Vinny will miss 3-4 weeks, the Flyers go down in Ottawa.

Amid news that Vinny will miss 3-4 weeks, the Flyers go down in Ottawa, 5-4 (SO).

It was a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair, in which the Flyers could’ve used another veteran scoring presence; unfortunately, it was announced earlier in this grueling road trip that Vincent Lecavalier will miss atleast 3 more weeks with a fracture in his lower back.  The longtime vet had already been absent through the past week with what was initially thought to be a minor, day-to-day back strain.  And his absence has left a major void on what was a dangerous 2nd line.

Brayden Schenn and Austrian rookie Michael Raffl have attempted to step up in #40’s place, but haven’t been all that effective.  Although Raffl did finally net his first goal of the season tonight to open the scoring.  The Flyers also got goals from Jake Voracek, Luke Schenn, and Kimmo Timonen but it wasn’t enough.  Ottawa stormed back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits to overtake the Flyers in a shootout, 5-4.

Here’s a closer look at the tough loss:

  • Mark Streit had an absolutely dreadful game and was essentially responsible for 3 Senator goals.  A terrible pinch, poor defensive coverage, and an interference penalty put his teammates in an unenviable position that they just couldn’t recover from.  Many criticized his acquisition during the off-season for just these kind of performances.
  • Luke Schenn, despite having a goal and an assist, also kicked in the Ottawa goal that put the Sens ahead 4-3.  If he had not attempted to block the shot, Mason would’ve had the easy save.  There have been far too many times this season where the Flyers blueliners have put the puck in their own net.  Sometimes a defender just needs to allow his netminder to make the save, instead of screening or deflecting a shot.
  • Jake Voracek seems to really enjoy playing the Sens as he scored his 3rd goal of the season against Ottawa (4th total).
  • The ice surface in Ottawa was absolutely horrendous.  The puck did not stop bouncing the entire game, which led to some sloppy plays at both ends of the rink.
  • Not sure if this is just the homer in me, but it appeared as if the refs allowed the Sens to get away with murder.  They could’ve been called for far more than the two minor penalties they were charged with during the game.
  • Steve Mason did all that he could to pull out a victory for this club.  Unfortunately, he didn’t receive much help.  Especially from his defense.

The Flyers finish this brutal road-trip with a tough match-up against the Cup Champion Blackhawks in Chicago on Wednesday at 8.  It is NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry game, so tune in.

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