Coach John Stevens on his team's inability to win at home:
"It's frustrating. . . . You start to chase games, and that's a habit we have to get out of. Teams come in here and get a lead, and then it's an uphill battle."
By the Numbers
Jeff Carter and R.J. Umberger's fight records this season.
Mike Richards' fight record.
Ben Eager's fight record.
Jason Smith's fight record.
Riley Cote's fight record.
Montreal goalie Carey Price has played 16 games (no shutouts). He leads all rookies in playing time with 957 minutes, 28 seconds.
Ottawa has scored first in 20 of its 31 games. The Sens are 18-1-1 in those games.
Calgary has won five straight on the road. The last time the Flames did that was Nov. 10-19, 1988.
Jaromir Jagr has lost two teeth this season after elbows to the jaw.
Detroit's Mike Babcock celebrated his 200th coaching victory, a 5-2 win over Florida on Saturday.
Strange but True
Braydon Coburn could drive anything he wants, but he drives a Chevy truck. Maybe Chevy should use him in its TV commercials.
The Flyers can't seem to win one this season; meanwhile Edmonton is 10-1 in shoot-outs.
On This Date
In 1985, the Flyers traded Joe Paterson to Los Angeles for a 1986 fourth–round pick, who ended up being Mark Bar.
Flyers goalie Martin Biron on the strange shoot-out goal from Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour that gave the 'Canes a win over the Flyers on Saturday:
"I could see it, and it kind of was coming back toward me. I tried to squeeze the post to not let the puck go in. It kind of hit the crossbar, my head, the post, my pad and then in."
The Flyers host Phoenix tonight, then visit Buffalo on Friday night and return home Saturday night to play the Sabres again.
From the Bench
Steve Downie still has anger-management problems. In an on-ice fight, he wouldn't get off the player. He kept jawing at him from the penalty box and then pounded his fist on the glass while in the box. Downie met with several Flyers officials after the game, including general manager Paul Holmgren, about his behavior.
Plus/Minus is a look at last week's games and an evaluation of points earned.
Last Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh
In this 8-2 rout of Pittsburgh, Joffrey Lupul and Umberger each netted a hat trick in a game with 156 penalty minutes and four fights. Third-period mayhem resulted in 22 penalties, 16 against Pittsburgh. Pens coach Michel Therrien accused Stevens of a "lack of respect" for using his first power-play unit at the end. EVEN.
Thursday vs. Montreal
The Canadiens played a 1-4 defense and blocked 20 shots as the Flyers once again followed a victory with a defeat, this time, 4-1. The team dropped to 1-4-2 in its last seven home games. The penalty-killing unit missed Derian Hatcher, out with a knee injury, as it gave up two power-play goals. MINUS 2.
Saturday vs. Carolina
The Flyers lost a thrilling 6-5 shoot-out to the Hurricanes despite rallying three times. Brind'Amour got the game-winner. At least the Flyers gained a point. PLUS 1.
Sunday at New Jersey
In the 4-2 loss, John Madden scored two goals, and Danny Briere failed on a penalty shot against Martin Brodeur as the momentum swung the other way in a battle for first place in the division. EVEN
For the week: MINUS 1.
For the season: PLUS 5.
The Flyers have 35 points; they should have 30 points.