Flyers Notes: Was 7-0 loss the turning point?

Flyers Notes: Was 7-0 loss the turning point?
November 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals, 7-0, at the Wells Fargo Center Nov. 1 (USA Today Images)

Since being thrashed 7-0 at the very start of November by the Washington Capitals, the Flyers have gone 5-1-2.
 
They’re playing much better in most every phase of their game even though their special teams remain inconsistent.
 
Did that humiliating defeat on home ice make a difference?
 
“I don’t know if that had anything to do with it or not,” coach Craig Berube said. “That night was just frustration on everybody’s part. They ended up taking their frustrations out on the other team. That happens. Sometimes.”
 
No matter, they've gotten results from it.
 
“So far,” he said. “We’re playing better hockey. That’s why we’re getting points.”
 
The loss to Washington was the low point of the season.
 
“Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you start striving forward,” Matt Read said. “And that game was embarrassing for our players and our organization. And just the mentality that we have to change things right now or it’s going to be like this all season. And we just started to play smarter, simpler hockey. It’s just getting pucks deeper, and getting pucks out, and learning how to win puck battles in the offensive zone. So things are just starting to go our way, and we are just starting to be smarter and playing closer hockey.”
 
The Flyers have a five-game point streak (4-0-1) and have outscored their opponent 18-8 in regulation.
 
Shots
The Flyers' 42 shots against Ottawa was a season high. Their last 40-plus shot game was also against Ottawa, and it also happened at the Wells Fargo Center, on March 2, 2013, when they had 41 shots in a 2-1 win.  
 
Those 42 shots were the most in a game since the Flyers recorded 46 in a 5-2 loss at Toronto on Feb. 11, 2013. Seventeen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal on Tuesday against the Senators. Nick Grossmann was the only Flyer without a shot.
 
Faceoffs
Checking center Adam Hall was 11 for 13 (85 percent) on faceoffs. He has gone 41 for 48 (85.4 percent) on faceoffs in the last six games and is now at 63.3 percent on the season.
 
Extended
Jakub Voracek extended his scoring streak to five games with an assist. He has two goals and four assists (six points) over that span.