Flyers Call Another Meeting After ‘Embarrassing’ Loss
PHILADELPHIA — Here’s how poorly things have gone so far this season for the Flyers: they have more postgame team meetings than they do goals from last year’s leading point scorer.
Tuesday marked their second closed-door meeting of the season, albeit short, following a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, which was the Western Conference’s worst team to start the night.
“It’s not something we need to discuss here,” alternate captain Mark Streit said. “Everybody realizes what kind of performance we brought tonight. It’s unacceptable. Everybody’s got to be better and everybody’s got to be accountable. It was a really poor performance on our part.”
Things got off to a bad start from the first shot of the game. Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden dumped the puck in off the back boards and Jarome Iginla flubbed the shot. Somehow, the puck was a perfect fit as it slipped vertically between Michal Neuvirth’s pad and the goal post like a quarter in a coin slot of an arcade game.
“Yeah, bad goal. Bad angle,” said Neuvirth, who had the league’s best save percentage entering the night and made 36 saves Tuesday. “I’ve got to have those. No excuses.”
Most of the Flyers said the game shouldn’t have ended 57 seconds into the first period, but the body language suggested otherwise. After whistles the Flyers slammed their sticks in frustration, or in the case of Claude Giroux, snapped his stick in half over the boards when he got back to the bench.