NEWARK, N.J. -- Its deja vu all over again, Yogi!
The Flyers are 0-3 for the first time since the 1994-95 lockout-shortened season -- it's funny how lockouts repeat themselves.
That it had to happen against the Devils during their 3-0 home opener at the Prudential Center is especially painful, given last seasons playoff results.
Its just the third time in franchise history the Flyers have lost three games (without a tie or overtime loss) to start a season.
The Devils scored three goals on their first five shots of the game against Ilya Bryzgalov, though those opportunities spread into the second period.
The Flyers, meanwhile, were scorched on a penalty shot, faced yet another 5-on-3 penalty kill and even had an abuse of the officials bench minor called on them.
This is how bad things have become for the Flyers through three games.
They pretty much dominated the Devils in the opening period -- they didn't allow a shot for the first 12:29. But they still trailed, 2-0, at intermission.
Travis Zajac got an easy rebound at 1:07 with no Flyers defenseman within 20 feet of the net after a change. After that, Patrik Elias had a single harmless chance on net and the Flyers held a 9-2 advantage in shots, had two power plays, and couldnt dent Marty Brodeur.
Did we mention the goalie had lost his stick? No matter. The puck hit Ruslan Fedotenkos skate and went into the far side.
If you had to pick a pivotal moment that simply deflated the Flyers, that was it. The game went all downhill from there.
If that wasnt bad enough, the Flyers were again victimized by their horrid special teams.
That set up a shorthanded penalty shot that Kovalchuk backhanded over Bryzgalov for a 3-0 lead just 2:44 into the second period.
The Flyers were 0-for-6 on the power play in this one and are now 1-for-15 on the season.
Remember, the Flyers didnt have any enforcers in their lineup.
Finally, as if things could get any worse, Timonen ripped a shot into Scott Hartnell seven minutes into the third period. He was literally hartnelldown and noticeably labored for the remainder of the game.