Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 11: NYI 6, PHI 1 - Rock Bottom
It was either that or a generic Fire Hakstol chant.
The Philadelphia Flyers get laughed out of their own building, falling 6-1, to the New York Is-landers in another brutal loss to start this season.
Yes, Islanders is a compound word. Is is a word. Landers is a word. I don't see what the big deal is.
Things are going from bad to worse fast in Philadelphia. The Fire Hakstol chants and boos were on full force Saturday afternoon, and with good reason.
Once again the Flyers played sloppily defensively, with the usual suspects of passivity and losing players in front of the net to blame. Christian Folin jumped back into the lineup for Andrew MacDonald, but things really didn't change. The Islanders scored 6 goals in this one, and to be honest I'm too flustered to recount them all. I'd tell you they got scored on 1st but at this point I think it's a given. To be honest, I stopped watching after Pelech scored to make it 4-1 in the 3rd and laughed at the notifications for the 5-1 and 6-1 goals.
We're not mad Flyers, we're just disappointed.
Ok we're a little mad.
However, the Flyers offensive creativity that been bailing out the D early on has gone flat over the last few games. Whenever the Flyers broke into the offensive zone, they would either chip the puck in deep and fail to retrieve it, throw it back to the point for a low percentage shot, or throw the puck blindly into a dangerous but highly contested area and saw it go through untouched. The Flyers have scored just 1 goal in their last 2 games, and I'm honestly not sure it really counts since that goal was scored by Jori Lehtera.
If Jori Lehtera scores a goal but your team still can't play any defense, does it really freaking matter?
Where are the superstars? Where is the talent? The creativity? The coaching staff's ability to adapt mid-game or at the very least get the team to look like they give a damn? Save for a few decent cycles the Flyers looked flat AGAIN and I don't know Dave Hakstol can allow this knowing he's coaching for his job. Maybe it's not all him, but you can't fire the whole team. You can fire a coach (or two).
Once again the Flyers had a slow start, but this time they had a chance to make up for it. Ivan Provorov laid a thunderous but clean hit on Matthew Barzal late in the 1st and the Flyers got a power play out of the ensuing scrum. Just the kind of thing that should get a team going. It almost does. But for this team? Nothing. No energy on the ensuing power play or coming out in the 2nd or 3rd periods, down just 2 goals going into each. It's just pathetic. The whole thing. Pathetic.
It's honestly a good thing they got blown out, at least instead of a close loss. Let everyone know that this team is playing bad. You often need to hit rock bottom before changes are made. Apparently the 10-game losing streak wasn't that last year. If they aren't there soon I don't think they'll ever get there. There's a difference between playing bad and being bad. The Flyers are the first for now, but if things don't change soon they'll become the second. And waiting around for JVR and Michael Raffl to get healthy isn't the answer.
Fire Hakstol! (clap-clap, clap-clap-clap)
In case I didn't make myself clear - Dave Hakstol should be gone now. Forget waiting another 10 games. It looks like the team has stopped caring already. There's still time to turn things around, but it needs to be done now.
Sean Couturier said after the Boston game "It's not time to panic." He's right, but this is the time for change. There's a difference.
Travis Sanheim continues to be a bright spot for the Flyers this year, but he got torched on the 5-1 goal, going down way too early to block a pass and taking himself out of the play. Which knowing Dave Hakstol will get him in the press box on Tuesday. Another reason he should be fired.
Speaking of rookies in the press box, Mikhail Vorobyev returned today in place of Jordan Weal, but wasn't very noticeable other than some rough puck-handling sequences on the power play. It's almost like not playing for over a week builds up a little rust, huh?
Dave might finally be forced to play Weal and Misha in the same game - Corban Knight left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
You know it's bad when there were signs at the game that said "Insanity is doing the same over again and expecting different results" and "The scariest thing this Halloween is the Flyers P.K." Most good teams don't see those types of things in their own building.
Comcast CEO Dave Scott was seen at today's game talking with Ron Hextall, another suggestion that change may be in the air.
The power play is now one for their last twenty and didn't look much better today - we often yell at the Flyers for relying on point shots too much, but my goodness just get the puck on net because none of their passing plays were very effective in even creating a high-danger chance.
Meanwhile 5-on-5 is the opposite of the power play - they are too passive and are relying on low percentage shots from the half-boards or the point from mediocre talent. Robin Lehner may be off too a good start but of course you're gonna make him look good when he's facing a series of Christian Folin and Radko Gudas point shots.
The Flyers have now given up the first goal in 10 of 11 games so far. Inexcusable.
I honestly feel bad for Michal Neuvirth. His first game back from injury and he has to play in front of that garbage defense. I didn't see the last goal, but the only goal I felt like he should've stopped was the 4-1 goal. Everything else was either the result of a breakdown in coverage or a great passing play off a odd-man rush that you can't do much more than flail in the general direction and hope it hits you.
That being said, he should've been pulled after the 3-0 goal. Or at the very least Hakstol should've used his timeout. Another example of a basic mistake and Hakstol's inability to motivate his team.
The Flyers are now just 2-4-0 at home this year and have been outscored 25-11 at home (excluding ENGs).
Last year the saving point of the Flyers season was a 5-2 win at Calgary in the beginning of a western road trip. That ended the 10-game losing streak and kick started a 6-game win streak that brought the Flyers out of the basement. Here's hoping they can do the same this week.
Or at the very least if the Flyers lose Tuesday they fire Hakstol all Gerard Gallant style. Except instead of calling him a taxi they make him walk back to Philadelphia.
1st - A. Lee (NYI) - 1 G, 3 A
2nd - B. Nelson (NYI) - 2 G
3rd - A. Pelech (NYI) - 1 G, 1 A
PHI - 10/30 @ ANA (5-5-1)
NYI - 10/28 @ CAR (6-3-1)