The Flyers go down in flames, suffering their seventh straight loss

The Philadelphia Flyers’ losing streak extended to seven games Monday as they dropped a 5-2 decision to Calgary at the Wells Fargo Center.

On Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Philly again stalked the game as they fell behind early and were never caught.

While skidding, the Flyers were outmatched, 32-15.

Here are five quick notes from Monday’s game:

1. Joel Farabi broke a long drought.

With 11:57 left in regulation, Calgary’s Joel Farabi caught an errant pass and scored on an unassisted touchdown from the holeshot to get the Flyers to within 3-2. It was Farabi’s first goal in nine matches.

Farabi nearly tied the score when the Flyers pulled their goaltender in the dying minutes, but the Flames then added a pair of point blank goals.

2. THIS IS NOT A RECORD: The Pilots fell into a big hole early.

For the tenth time in 19 games, the Flyers faced a 2-0 deficit. They only won two of those matches.

Early in the game, the Flyers had two catches, and Jonathan Huberdeau and Dillon Doby both finished the game on a double in the first 6:09. This put the Flames ahead, 2-0.

“We were flat,” said coach John Tortorella. “Both goals, we weren’t just supporting our D. Our D was in a hurry, our D pressed the two positions, no attacker got ahead and we conceded two goals to one.”

3. It was a night to remember for Tanner Lasinski.

Laczynski, who was called up from the Phantoms earlier in the day, converted Kevin Hayes’ home run for his first NHL goal, cutting the Flames’ lead to 2-1 with 5:27 to go in the first. (Hayes, a natural midfielder, played his Flyers debut as a left winger.)

It was Laczynski’s first goal in 19 NHL games.

Earlier in the day, Laczynski said he had “more puck touches” during his two games with the Phantoms, and it helped his confidence.

“I was able to get some big minutes and get my feet under me,” he said after the morning ski.


Yes, the Flyers’ defensive play was sloppy again – they allowed three players against one in the first 26 minutes – but Hart isn’t as sharp as he was earlier in the season, and his goals against averages are up significantly.

However, Hart had no chance of Calgary’s third goal, a shot that inadvertently deflected Farabi’s stick. Rasmus Anderson got the goal that gave the Flames a 3-1 lead with 16:31 to go in the second.

“We’re going to need great goalkeeping. The goalkeeper has to be our best player every night,” Tortorella said. “We have to try and keep it close to make it a one-time bounce game — a lucky goal, or whatever. I think that’s how we’re going to have to find our way around in order to strengthen our squad.”

The pilots lost six bombers wounded.

5. Where is the defense?

The Flyers defense is not as restless as it is up front.

However, they continued to struggle mightily. It’s a combination of poor defense, and attackers not playing in two directions effectively.

During the seven-game losing streak, the Flyers allowed four or more goals in each contest.


Tortorella: “I thought there were two low-energy teams.” … He now has six goals in seven games against Hart. … Morgan Frost is once again center stage, with Farabi and Owen Tippett as his wings. … Hayes, who now has six straight points, was left wing on the second line, his unit Noah Keats at center and Zach McEwen battling on the right wing. … The Flyers play in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

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