Flyers notes: Meszaros rusty in return from injury

Flyers notes: Meszaros rusty in return from injury

March 9, 2013, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON – Andrej Meszaros had missed 21 games recovering from a left shoulder injury.

Naturally, he was rusty and slow to react Saturday to a loose puck during a Bruins power play that began a deadly, 1-2-3 scoring spree in Boston’s 3-0 shutout of the Flyers.

Meszaros failed to clear the zone and Boston scored it’s first goal.

It was the defenseman’s first game since Jan. 24 when he was injured against the Rangers.

“I saw the puck and tried to whack it and there was a stick there, too,” Meszaros said. “I probably should have cleared that.

“Obviously, the goal was my mistake. I should not have let the goal go through me. It was back door.”

He can’t be faulted. It’s going to take Meszaros several games to get his timing and instincts back.

Physically, he said he felt “alright,” but …

“I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I haven’t played in a while and I hope tomorrow will be better,” he said. “The shoulder wasn’t bothering me. I took a few hits and it was fine.

“Everything … when you play just five games in a calendar year, it’s tough. It didn’t feel that bad, but it wasn’t where I wanted it to be.”

He insisted that even if the Flyers were over instead of under .500, he still would have played.

“It was my decision, I wanted to play, I wanted to help the team,” Meszaros said.

Positive thinking
Scott Hartnell says there wasn’t enough of it in the loss and that the collective attitude has to change if the Flyers are going to turn things around.

“We’ve come back numerous times,” he said. “It’s just the way the guys responded from that first goal was a little disheartening.

“Me, right on through to G (Claude Giroux), right through Bryz (Ilya Bryzgalov), everybody. It was frustrating to see and it’s got to change. You’re going to have some bad breaks, you’re going to have some bad bounces. It’s going to happen.”

Loose pucks
Boston improved to 9-1-1 when leading by two goals after one period. … Flyers are now 0-9-0 when trailing after one period. … The Bruins are 4-0 in afternoon matinees. … Boston's Rich Perevley’s first period assist was his 200th career point … It took 6:13 for the Flyers to get their first shot of the game and it was by Danny Briere from the right corner. … The Flyers have lost three straight on three different occasions this season. … Zac Rinaldo was pummeled badly by Shawn Thornton in the second period after Rinaldo put a high hit on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Rinaldo was an unofficial 3-0 in fights coming into the game. … The Flyers blocked 25 shots. Eric Gustafsson led the way with five. Fifteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one block.