By: Haley Taylor
Last night the Flyers took a brutal 6-2 loss against the Penguins after they returned back to broad after being away for 18 days. During the time away, the Flyers faced a disappointing road trip out west where they lost captain Claude Giroux and defenseman Ivan Provorov, to covid protocol.
A game against the Penguins has always been a huge commotion in Philadelphia, but last night with nine Flyers out six due to covid protocol and three due to injury, it fell short of anything but what a rivalry hockey game should be. “They’re a hot team right now (Penguins), we defiantly don’t want to start behind. When we got this many guys out it’s not easy,” Joel Farabee stated.
In the first period alone the Penguins had 3-0 lead over the struggling Philadelphia team. “I thought we did good in the first 10 and they score one on the power play and we kinda get away
from our structure for a little bit and before you know it, it’s 3-0 going into the second period,” said Cam Atkinson.
In the second period Cam Atkinson got his 14th goal of the season keeping the Flyers alive trailing by two. Midway through the 3rd period the Penguins were able to completely dominate and take the slight momentum away from Philadelphia 6-1. Oskar Lindblom was able to get the puck in the back of Pittsburgh’s net but the Flyers still fell short with the final score 6-2.
In net, Hart was able to stop 26 out of the 32 shots. With Hart testing positive for covid as well as having the flu, this was his second game in between the sticks. After the game Hart had a few thoughts as he sets his sights on the future, “We want to win hockey games and the last few haven’t gone our way. We got to get back to practice tomorrow, work on details and get healthy.”
Interim head Coach Mike Yeo, now preparing the orange and the black for their game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, “there’s another part of toughness, and that’s mental toughness, that’s not feeling sorry for yourself. That’s not letting frustration get the best of you.” Yeo believes the Flyers have more to prove than what is being seen now, and notes that they need to play tougher going forward.
This Saturday the Flyers have that chance to end their now 4 game losing streak against The San Jose Sharks. The Sharks recently defeated the Flyers right before the New Year 3-2. The Flyers were able to draw the game to overtime and showed their resilience. Players such as Giroux, Konecny and Provorov, are still in protocol. Puck drop will be at 7pm in Philly.