MONTREAL _ How bad are things in Flyerdom?
Well, the Flyers equaled a franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a road game (13) Monday _ and somehow lost.
Call them the Legion of Gloom.
The Flyers fell to the host Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, despite allowing just 13 shots.
The Flyers managed 15 shots _ and just two in the final period.
Stop the season, the Flyers want to get off.
They have lost five straight and eight of their last nine. Want some reasons?
** Jeff Carter has not scored a goal in six straight games _ and has scored in just one of the last 11 games.
** Claude Giroux hasn't scored a goal in eight consecutive games.
** Kimmo Timonen is valiantly playing with a broken toe but may need to take some time off. He made two miscues that led to two Montreal goals Monday.
** Mike Richards hasn't scored a point in the last four games.
** Defensemen Chris Pronger and Matt Carle, each of whom were white-hot early in the season, don't have a point in the last eight games.
** Goalie Ray Emery, who again was testy with the Philly media Monday, has a 5.31 goals-against average in his last five starts.
** The players recalled from the AHL Phantoms have produced virtually nothing.
** The power play is 0 for 19 in the last five games. During that span, they have allowed seven power-play goals.
** They panicked and fired John Stevens too soon.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
On a positive note, the Flyers played two solid periods Monday before managing just two shots in the final period. They played much better than in Peter Laviolette's debut, an 8-2 loss to Washington Saturday.
Then again, almost any effort would have been better.
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The Flyers outshot Montreal, 4-1, in a tight-checking first period and built a 1-0 lead on Danny Briere's highlight-film breakaway goal.
But Montreal had a 2-1 lead after two periods despite taking just seven shots.
"It was hard to get into a rhythm out there with one shot in the first period, and then unfortunately a couple plays in the second and they go up, 2-1," Flyers goalie Brian Boucher said. "I mean, from an effort standpoint, it was real good tonight. Unfortunately, we didn't get the result we wanted."