The Flyers were looking to change anything.
Some of the guys even grabbed a haircut in the days in between games. While they may have switched up their look, the Flyers outlook remained the same following a 3-0 loss on home ice to the Boston Bruins (see observations), extending their winless streak to 10 games, two shy of the franchise record.
“Yeah, I mean, it sucks,” said defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, “There is not much to say. It’s f---ing brutal. Sorry for cursing, but it's tough right now.”
“Nobody’s going to feel sorry us. Everything we touch right now turns to s---,” said forward Jake Voracek.
Or what the Flyers barely touch.
Late in the second period, the Flyers appeared to have scored a power play goal when Claude Giroux snapped a shot past Tuukka Risk that would have cut the Bruins' lead to 3-1 just before intermission. However, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy challenged the play arguing Wayne Simmonds interfered with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
However, replays showed that Simmonds barely made contact and wasn’t in the crease at the time. After the horn sounded, Simmonds approached referee Dave Jackson for an explanation and then slammed and snapped his stick on his way back to the dressing room.
“He said I clipped him in his head. I honestly didn’t feel it if I did,” said Simmonds.
When asked if goalies have a way of embellishing those plays Simmonds responded, “Yeah, probably. If I was a goalie, I’d probably do the same thing. I honestly didn’t think I touched him. Clearly I got a piece of him, but I’ve seen way worse than that and called still a good goal.”
However, the Flyers' results and mistakes are definitely self-inflicted at this point, and any sign of a comeback appears to be futile as they’ve gone their last 119:12 without a goal after Claude Giroux scored in the opening minute of Tuesday’s game against the Sharks.
“It’s not a good time right now. We need to figure it out and figure it out soon,” said Giroux, “I think now we’re just squeezing our sticks. We just got figure it out here. We just need that first win to get that breather.”
The Flyers not only had a power play goal taken away, but they also had power play negated after Gostisbehere committed an unnecessary cross-checking penalty around the neck of Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who was trying to dump the puck and get off the ice for a change.
“Well, there’s probably a little bit of (frustration) there at that time of game,” said head coach Dave Hakstol, “I would rather he make a different choice. I’ll leave it at that.”
And then the Flyers were doomed by icing infractions. Two led to goals where they were burned defensively by the Bruins top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.
“Both stem from icings that we’d like to avoid and then they’re different plays from there - one’s a face-off play that we get beat off the wall to a puck in the middle of the rink and then the second one is a coverage out of a scrum on the half wall in our zone,” said Hakstol.
The Flyers proved last year that a team could win 10 in a row and miss the playoffs. They also showed in 2008 they could lose 10 straight and still get into the postseason.
Right now, they could use any source of motivation just to get a win.
“It’s not a magical recipe,” said Elliott, who has lost his eighth straight start, “It’s playing the game the right way. We have the personnel in here to do it. There’s no give up in this, that’s what I know for sure.”