Most times, a team gets five power plays in a game, it’s lights out.
The Flyers had five power plays in the second period of Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim and were being outshot!
By the time matters were settled, they had scored one, lonely power play goal in seven chances. That almost defies the odds for not being more successful. It’s also a contributing factor in the defeat.
Right now for Dave Hakstol’s club it remains either feast or famine on power play.
The Flyers either get the puck into the zone cleanly with a setup, puck and player movement and shots or they flub entry passes, turn it over at the blue line, or whiff within the zone and it results in an easy clear.
There’s no real consistency to their power play, which is 3-for-17 through four games. A few more goals and they would have won in Phoenix (0-for-4) and against the Ducks.
“We kept turning the puck over in the neutral zone,” said Wayne Simmonds, who had the only power play marker the Flyers scored in this game.
Simmonds' goal was classic tic-tac-toe passing and movement. There simply wasn’t enough of that in this game, or in others so far, either.
Far too often, the Flyers made it too easy on Anaheim’s penalty kill units with inefficiency.
“Those guys that are out there, they did a hell of a job tonight,” Corey Perry said of the Ducks’ PK units. “They blocked shots, they cleared pucks, they did everything they were asked to do.
“When you’re killing penalties, that’s what you have to do. You have to sacrifice that body and [goalie John] Gibson came up with some big saves for us.”
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol didn’t see it the same way.
“I thought we had pretty good power plays, our first power play,” he said. “I thought we had a good power play during the second, scored a good goal. Had opportunities to stretch to 3-1. It’s disappointing we couldn’t.
“We had one poor power play at the end of the first, where we weren’t able to get set up at all. Our power play was okay, the bigger thing for me is the goal we gave up a few seconds after the last power play in the second period. Those are the type of goals that as a team we can’t give up.”
Hakstol was referring to Perry’s tying goal that made it 2-2 and gave the Ducks momentum carryover into the final period.
Matt Read doesn’t play on the power play but he sees some things from the bench.
“It’s about getting that bounce or making that one extra play or simple play of getting the puck to the net,” Read said. “They’re doing a good job out there and it’s going to come. It’s still early.
"Hopefully, you watch video and see what you can do better every time. It would be nice to get an insurance goal there, but it didn’t happen. We got to play better the rest of the game.”
His goal in the second period on a splendid, end-to-end rush, gives him four goals on the season. He’s on pace for a mere 82.
Read has a three-goal scoring streak. This was his fourth career goal streak of three games or more. His career-high there is five games, going back to the fall of 2011 when he scored six goals between Nov. 13-21.
“He has always been a hard working guy,” Hakstol said. “He’s a guy that is doing things with a lot of confidence. For me, it started with Reader back in late August.
“He was in here working early, getting ready, getting prepared and he has carried that through everything he has done so far this year.”
Simmonds is also on a three-game goal scoring streak, which is the 12th such streak of his career. His career-high is five games from March 26-April 3, 2012, during which he scored six goals … Attendance was 19,982. That’s the Flyers’ largest home crowd since January 20, 2015 when they had the same attendance figure in a 3-2 overtime victory against Pittsburgh.