The Philadelphia Flyers had no trouble scoring with the man advantage against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, after a six-day break between the first and second rounds, their power play seems to have cooled.
Philadelphia is just 1 for 11 on the power play against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In Game 2 on Tuesday, Philadelphia managed just one shot on goal in five power-play opportunities. The Devils deserve some of the credit for that, but the Flyers are far from blameless.
“We are definitely not working hard enough on the power play,” Philadelphia’s Danny Briere said. “It’s as simple as that.”
They also need to do a better job of winning faceoffs while they have the man advantage. New Jersey won the opening faceoff in all five of their penalty kills on Tuesday.
With the series tied at 1-1, Philadelphia will get a chance to bounce back in Game 3 on Thursday.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.