NEW YORK – As the losses pile up, conventional wisdom says Flyers coach Craig Berube’s seat might be getting awfully warm.

The Flyers want to stop that notion.

After the third straight loss, a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers, the Flyers defended Berube, who is in his first full season as bench boss.

“This has nothing to do with the coach,” Wayne Simmonds said. “He doesn’t go out and play. It has nothing to do with systems or anything like that. It is up to us to get it done.”

“We don’t skate,” added Jake Voracek, who picked up two points in the loss. “It’s not his fault we can’t skate. We are slower everywhere. That’s the problem. He can’t score goals for us, right?”

Berube had 61 goals in his 1,054-game NHL career, but the way things are going recently Voracek’s joke could almost be taken seriously.

Aside from Voracek’s line with Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, there has been virtually no secondary scoring from forwards. The top line has potted 23 goals this season with 11 other forwards contributing a combined 27.