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Flyers home power play not up to snuff against Tampa
Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 5:29 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA – Yes, Wayne Simmonds scored again on the power play. It was his sixth power play goal in the last 10 games.

And yes, the power play, at times, looked good in creating opportunities. And yes, Tampa goalie Anders Lindback, while fortunate on a few occasions, did make 35 saves to earn the win over the Flyers.

That said, the Flyers had a golden opportunity to change the momentum of the game with a two-man advantage for 1:46 in the first period – and couldn’t score.

It wouldn’t be such a big deal if the Flyers didn’t struggle so much in 5-on-3 opportunities. They are now 1-for-8 this season.

“I think it was pretty good,” said Jake Voracek, who scored twice for the Flyers in the 6-3 loss to the Lightning. “In the beginning of the season it used to be worse, so we’re moving forward. We had a couple chances, I hit the posts personally. We didn’t score which obviously is not a good sign. But I think it gave us a little more momentum and I think we played a little better after that too.”

But if you want to score a goal on one in every three-or-four 5-on-4 power plays, then you want to score a goal on one in every two 5-on-3 chance, not one-in-eight.

“We had some good chances and it didn’t go in,” coach Craig Berube said. “We’ve had a tough time scoring on five-on-three this year.”

It’s also a bit perplexing that the Flyers struggle at home on the power play when they are so good on the road with the man advantage.

They are just 10-for-84 at the Wells Fargo Center, which is just 11.9 percent and ranks 28th in the NHL on home ice.

This compares to being 20-for-85 on the road, or 23.5 percent, seventh in the league.

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NOTES: The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Flyers, all in regulation. The streak was the longest for the team since an 11-game streak from Oct. 27 – Dec. 5, 2003 and was the longest regulation streak since Feb. 10 – April 4, 1985, which spanned the last 14 games of that regular season…Claude Giroux recorded two assists and was 12-for-21 on faceoffs. He attempted 10 shots (six on goal, two blocked and two missed), seven of which were in the first period alone (4-1-2)… As a team, the Flyers put a total of 77 shots towards goal – 38 on goal, 19 blocked and 20 missed… Steve Mason allowed five goals, his most as a Flyer… Voracek picked up his third multi-goal game of the season…Sean Couturier was 10-for-14 on faceoffs… The Flyers will finish off a back-to-back set with a game tomorrow night at the New York Rangers. They have won six consecutive second-game situations in a back-to-back set… The Flyers have now killed off 22 consecutive shorthanded situations over the last seven games. It’s their longest streak of consecutive kills since they stopped 37 in a row over parts of 10 games from March 4-21, 2007. That included 32 over eight perfect games from March 6-20.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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