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A LOTTA GOOD... BUT STILL BAD

Flyers get key contributions from new players in lineup; doinate at even strength; still lose 5-2.

Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 8:43 AM / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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A LOTTA GOOD... BUT STILL BAD
Tye McGinn and Michael Raffl had just had a brief chat with general manager Paul Holmgren. That was followed by a slightly longer conversation with Bryan Hardenbergh, who handles all the team\u2019s travel.\r\n\r\nFinally the pair got to have a seat in the locker room, McGinn able to snarf down a slice of pizza.\r\n\r\nThe two didn\u2019t say anything to one another, they just both kind of were sitting there, taking it all in.

DETROIT – Tye McGinn and Michael Raffl had just had a brief chat with general manager Paul Holmgren. That was followed by a slightly longer conversation with Bryan Hardenbergh, who handles all the team’s travel.

Finally the pair got to have a seat in the locker room, McGinn able to snarf down a slice of pizza.

The two didn’t say anything to one another, they just both kind of were sitting there, taking it all in.

Finally, after McGinn fired his pizza crust into a trash can from three-point distance (nothing but net) the two caught each other’s eye and shared a subtle high five.

They didn’t want to make too big a deal about it, especially after a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings, the Flyers fifth in six games this season, but the news was too good for them not to share.

They were heading back to Glens Falls, N.Y., home of the Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms, but the trip was to be a short one.

It was so they could stop by their dwellings, gather their things, and get everything to Philadelphia.

You see, it appears the duo is going to be staying for awhile.

The way they played against an immensely talented Red Wings squad was a solid enough impression to have Holmgren ask them to stay.

It’s rare in a 5-2 loss that a team can come away feeling good about themselves. Even more so when your record falls to

Ray Emery took a lot of responsibility for the Flyers 5-2 loss, although it wasn't necessarily his play that was the difference.

1-5. But the Flyers played their best team game of the season thus far, hurt only by a lack of discipline and the awakening of what many thought was going to be a stellar Detroit power play anyway.

When the game was 5-on-5 though, the Flyers were excellent and took it to the Red Wings, and McGinn and Raffl, along with defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who played his first game of the season, had a lot to do with that.

McGinn and Gustafsson scored the two Flyers goals and Raffl was a noticeable player playing with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, probably the Flyers most effective line.

“They played really well,” coach Craig Berube said. “Really well.”

And they did, as did some guys who fans have been waiting for to have breakout performances.

Together again, Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek played really well, even working nicely to set up the McGinn goal.

And the Red Wings had few answers for the Flyers aggressive forecheck.

“The urgency was definitely there,” Berube said.

But maybe things got too urgent at times as the Flyers were whistled repeatedly for one minor penalty after another.

They were shorthanded seven more times, making it 27 times shorthanded in six games and 45 total penalties, both tops in the league.

“We've got to stop taking penalties, we really do,” Berube said. “It’s been an issue in this organization for too long.

“It’s got to get better and we will get better at it because the style we want to play and the skating, we won’t take that many penalties because we’ll be moving our feet. The dumb penalties have to be eliminated all together because they are unacceptable.”

In the interest of full disclosure, both Raffl and McGinn had penalties in the game, and the Red Wings scored off of Raffl’s penalty on a wrap around goal by Todd Bertuzzi.

But both of their penalties were born out of competitiveness. The others? Were simply dumb.

“We’ve got to stay out of the box -- I don’t know how many penalties we took,” Giroux said.

“Six? Seven? That’s too many against Detroit. They got guys who move the puck very well and can make a lot of plays.”

When things broke down on the Flyers ninth-ranked penalty kill, goalie Ray Emery wasn’t able to bail them out.

Starting just his second game of the season, Emery had an uneven game. He looked sharp at times, but admitted that he needed to come up bigger on a couple of the Red Wings power play goals.

“I thought the guys played well and deserved a better fate,” Emery said. “I have to make some saves. [Detroit goalie Jimmy] Howard played a good one. It’s frustrating, but I think the team is moving in the right direction.”

All you need to do is look at the new additions to the lineup to see that.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonySan37

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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