One night after they scored an impressive win in Boston, the Flyers were listless in Tuesday's 6-1 loss in Pittsburgh.
"It's big-time frustrating," captain Mike Richards said. "We come in here and say all the right words, and then we go out and don't execute and kind of have mental lapses that turn into goals….Right now, we're not playing with enough heart to have success."
The Flyers were 1 for 6 on the power play, were outshot 35-27, and allowed odd-man rushes all night.
It all produced their eighth loss in their last 10 games. They have scored a total of seven goals in those eight defeats.
Jordan Staal scored two goals _ including a key shorthanded tally that gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead in the first period _ and Flyer killer Sidey Crosby (goal, two assists) recorded three points for the winners.
The Flyers hope Blair Betts, Simon Gagne and Darroll Powe can return from injuries shortly. When they do, will they still have the same teammates _ or will GM Paul Holmgren have unloaded one of his underachieving "stars?"
I would wait a few weeks and see if the returning players give them a boost.
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