After losing 2-0 to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night and eventually losing 5-3, the Flying Reconstructionists realized they had a lot of work to learn.
The Flyers defeated their opponents in the first round, defeating the Ducks 16-6, and thanks to early goals from defenders Travis Sunheim and Ronnie Attard, they defeated them 2-0. But the Flyers ’momentum began to slip late in the first period after two chances of game failure. It took an immediate shot from the first half as the Ducks dominated in the opening minutes of the second round with a puck.
This revival of the duck was not rooted in luck. They played with a renewed sense of urgency and physicality, winning most of their one-on-one battles on both sides of the ice. In addition, when the Flyers had a puck, they struggled to move out of the neutral zone to get into the attack.
These factors resulted in the Duck scoring the first four shots on goal in the three-minute period and conceding consecutive goals from strikers Sonny Milano and Zack Aston-Reese in 1:32.
The Flyers could take the time to set aside the performance of each individual goal – maybe they want to see more physicality than defender Kam York to beat Milan in front of the first goal net or perform better in the neutral zone during the game. a line change less than 40 seconds before the Ducks scored again to score their second goal.
But in the end, the full passage of five minutes changed the color of the game for the Flyers from the game by advancing to the fight for it.
“We have to realize we’re not good enough for that,” said interim coach Mike Ye.
In their last seven games, the Flyers have made three multi-game advances – March 27 against the Nashville Predators (2: 0), April 3 against the New York Rangers (3: 1)), and now against the Ducks. on Saturday.
The Beasts scored three straight goals in the second period to take a 4-3 lead. The Rangers scored three goals in a row in the third round to give the game extra time. The Dukes scored three goals in the second period and led them 3-2.
The only game against the Rangers ended with the Flyers winning as goalkeeper Martin Jones hung out in overtime to give center Kevin Hayes the win in the shootout.
The Flyers may not be as complete in games as they used to be this season, but their regular fall makes their lives much harder.
“I think we can learn better about the momentum, how to change it and how to maintain it,” Yeo said.
According to Yeo, this is an understanding of how control can be regained between actions and not waiting for a break to recover. Five of the 18 Flyers skaters who will take to the field on Saturday are 23 years old and younger.
While the Flyers wait to reunite before they change home and road games over the next week, Yeo’s message to his inexperienced players is simple: you don’t have to be a hero.
“It’s not just going and scoring a goal that changes the pace,” Yeo said. “It simply came to our notice then. But usually what it is, it wins you one-on-one battles. It can win in clashes. It can be just a little simplification of the game, going back to predicting and putting them down. It could be shooting. Do things that create momentum for your team. “
Despite the return of the Ducks, the Flyers showed a few fights when they got the hang of it and closed the game early in the third period. They started to make positive shots after a clean entry into the attacking zone by defender Travis Sunheim and some accurate prediction work on the boards from Noah Kates helped speed things up.
A few minutes later, a scuffle ensued between defender Ivan Provorov over the left-hand circle and center-back Nate Thompson under the goal line to equalize for Provorov.
Now, it’s just a matter of learning how to maintain these habits throughout the game if the Flyers want to make the most of their last 10 games of the season and feel better about going out into the offseason.
“I think we have enough veterans who know how to win,” Jones said. “It’s about running a game plan for 60 minutes and simplifying the game, especially when there are intense moments in the game. We have to find a way to keep it simple, get the puck behind them, and do all the little things we need to do to win. “
While these games may seem silly on paper, they are incredibly meaningful for young players who are learning how to win at the NHL level and for veterans to prove they deserve to keep their jobs and be part of the solution next season.