It seem to be doomed from the start as Teddy Purcell put the Tampa Bay Lightning on top 1-0 just a mere 19 seconds into the game. The Flyers turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Vincent Lecavalier fed Purcell for an easy goal. Just 1:02 later, the Lightning lit the lamp again on a bad bounce. Simon Gagne shot the puck wide but it took a perfect bounce off the board and came right out to Purcell who put it in the net for the 2-0 Tampa Bay lead. It was an awful start for Sergei Bobrovsky and the Flyers. They looked very rusty on defense and just didn’t seem ready to play. Steve Downie and Steven Stamkos added goals for the Lightning who went on to defeat the Flyers 4-0 at home.
There are many telling signs of why the Flyers lost on this night. They did outshoot the Lightning 38-22 but were 0-for-4 on the power play. The Flyers have struggled on the power play so far this season. They are ranked 19th in the NHL converting just 17.4% of their power play chances. They have scored 34 power play goals on the season. There aren’t many areas that the orange and black need to improve in but I think power play is one of the few. They have to set up and bury their chances when they’re on the man-advantage.
It was a bad start to the second half of the season but I believe Peter Laviolette will have his team ready to go on Thursday night when they begin a four game homestand. They will face the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center. I think this is a tough game but the Flyers will want to wash the bad taste out of their mouth. It will be interesting to see if Laviolette has Bobrovsky or Brian Boosher in net.