The Philadelphia Flyers got beat by the Penguins in every facet of the game on Wednesday night. From the top of the lineup all the way down, the Flyers struggled.
It starts at the top, though, as the team’s best players are supposed to lead them in the playoffs. But that wasn’t the case in game one, and they knew it.
“I don’t think we weren’t ready…Their best players were better than ours and we just gotta be better,” Couturier said.
The Flyers are a top-heavy team that rely on their best players to contribute. The depth guys can fill in, but the top line is the heart and soul of the team. They couldn’t get anything going in game one.
“It was one of the worst games I’ve been a part of,” Giroux said.
They also had four power plays, but could not get a shot on goal on any of them.
“Our power play’s gotta be better. That’s it,” Giroux continued. “I was terrible, made a lot of bad plays. I’ll take the credit on the power play. I just gave the puck to them and that’s unacceptable.”
Giroux echoed Couturier’s sentiment. “I’ll be better, everyone’s gonna be better, and we’ll get the power play back to where it’s supposed to be.”
Giroux followed up by saying that they know some of the things they need to fix after game one, and will study the tape to make sure it’s cleaned up for game two.
A blowout loss in game one was not the way the Flyers wanted to start the series by any means, but now they need to focus on game two. Giroux went on a tear after calling himself out in early February, so hopefully this can kick him back into gear for the playoffs.
Game two is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
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