Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/18/13 at 08:54 AM ET
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
More and more, the Flyers' start this season looks less like a funk than a gross miscalculation.
They tried their butts off last night.
They're just not good.
They don't go to the net, they miss easy bunnies like the empty net Brayden Schenn managed to avoid last night, they cough up pucks behind their own net like Braydon Coburn did in the third period, leading to the punctuating goal Sidney Crosby scored.
They commit penalties that are less about stupidity, and more about making up for a lack of ability. And they lean on their desperate play after falling behind as a tonic for their malaise, conveniently ignoring that their opponent was playing to protect that lead and wait for the inevitable mistake, which eventually came last night, and usually does.
Rather than luck and bounces, it boils down to this: On their current active roster, they have two playmakers. One is Giroux, who set up their only goal in the final seconds of the second period after checking the clock above him. The other, at least right now, is goaltender Steve Mason, whose acrobatics have masked this team's impotence even amid an awful start.
Unfortunately he also has as many goals as 14 other Flyers - which, thus far, is none.
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