CALGARY, Alberta — The play was long since over when Alex Chiasson skated by Nick Cousins near the Flyers' bench and speared him.
Well, truth is, it seemed more a poke into the left side of his midsection.
Cousins, excellent at drawing penalties, sold it and Chiasson was tossed from the game barely eight minutes into play, setting up a five-minute power play for the Flyers. Unfortunately, the Flyers were simply dysfunctional in every respect.
While it’s true these two teams, who meet just twice a year, don’t like each other, there was no real reason why Chiasson did what he did.
“I’m not quite sure, it wasn’t even part of the play,” Cousins said. The play had stopped with a whistle on an icing call, and the Flyers were making a line change.
“I was trying to change and he comes up and spears me. I think the ref made the right call.”
Cousins had a very strong game, scoring the Flyers' lone goal in the team's 3-1 loss (see game story). He played 15:17 and had five shots. Only Jordan Weal, who also stood out, shot the puck more — six times.
Cousins also won 8 of 10 faceoffs.
“I thought we took it to them most of the game,” he said. “Their goalie (Brian Elliott) played well, but that’s been the excuse the last 10 to 15 games. We've got to make it harder on them. We've got to get more traffic. It’s the same excuse here it feels like after every game. We’ve got to score more goals — simple as that.”
The Flyers wasted that power play with two shots — both during a 5-on-3 portion that would come later — while Calgary cleared the zone an amazing 11 times.
The Flyers' first-unit power play was nothing short of awful.
“It wasn’t demoralizing,” Wayne Simmonds said. “We've just got to bear down and put the puck in the back of the net, guys. We’re playing good hockey here. We’re not scoring goals, but playing good hockey. Eventually, it’s gonna turn and when it turns, we’ll score in bunches.”
The power play went 0 for 4 and is 1 for 16 over the last five games.
Brayden Schenn had six hits. ... There were 13 NHL scouts at this game, including representatives from the Rangers and Islanders in the Metro Division. ... This game marked the beginning of the 14th set of back-to-back games for the Flyers. They meet the Oilers on Thursday for the first time in their new digs. ... Former Flame and Flyer Joel Otto, an assistant coach with the WHL Calgary Hitmen, dropped by the Flyers' morning skate. He took a photo with fellow Bemidji State grad Matt Read.