The Philadelphia Flyers have now lost nine games in a row after a listless 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
For the sixth time in the last nine games, the Flyers scored first as Claude Giroux notched his 11th goal of the season just 48 seconds into the game. The captain was left wide open at side of the net and Jakub Voracek hit him with a backdoor pass for the easy one-timer. Andrew MacDonald picked his first helper of the year with the secondary assist.
The Sharks controlled the play after the early Giroux goal and tied the game at the 10:29 mark. Chris Tierney’s wrist shot from the right circle hit off the stick of Travis Sanheim and got in behind Michal Neuvirth.
San Jose took a 2-1 lead while on a two-man advantage with just 1:18 left in the first period. Joe Thornton had the puck below the right dot and while everyone in the building, including Neuvirth, was thinking he would pass, he flicked a wrist shot in between the legs of the Flyers net minder.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic extended the San Jose lead to 3-1 with about four minutes left in the second period. The veteran defenseman’s shot from the blue line fluttered through traffic and past Neuvirth, who was screen by MacDonald.
When the puck dropped after the Sharks third goal, the Wells Fargo Center crowd broke out into a “Fire Hakstol” chant. Ouch!
The third period did not go well as the “Fire Hakstol” chants grew even louder as the Flyers managed just one shot goal through the first 17 minutes of the final frame. The finished the period with just five shots and 23 total on the night.
Tonight’s loss was more of the same. Too many penalties, too much undisciplined play and no finish. Something has to change and change fast. Hard to imagine Dave Hakstol gets to finish the season at this rate.