Matt Read and the Flyers are without a 5-on-5 goal two games into the season. (USA Today Images)
MONTREAL -- It’s only two games, but the gang that still can’t shoot straight doesn’t have a 5-on-5 goal this season.
What the Flyers do have are just two power-play goals -- Brayden Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier. Those two and Mark Streit have all the team's points so far -- six.
And it appears to be a carryover from preseason while also resembling last season, as well.
Where has the Flyers' scoring gone?
“We’ve had our chances,” Claude Giroux said after the Flyers' 4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday (see story). “Guys are working their butts off to create chances. We’ve just got to put it in the net.”
Easier said that done. The Flyers had 23 shots on goal Saturday, 13 missed shots and 12 shots that were blocked.
“The goals will come,” Schenn said. “We can’t start worrying. The goals will come. We’ll generate chances and the goals will come.”
Too many shots are errant. There is no finish on open looks close in, either.
“I can’t think of one problem except maybe attack at more speed,” Schenn said. “Just start creating chances.”
The Flyers are in Carolina to face the Hurricanes on Sunday.
“It’s a big game for us and a quick turnaround,” Schenn said. “We got to be ready and focus on winning and forgetting about this game tonight.
“But we can’t be taking nine, 10 or 11 penalties a game. We have to be way more disciplined and way more composed. You can’t give a team 9-10 chances on the power play at night.”
It does seem that players are squeezing their sticks.
“That is something that is going to come -- the offense,” Max Talbot said. “We have the offense, we have the skills. We have great players in here. We need more shots and traffic at the net.”
Boos for Vinny
Remember how Danny Briere used to get booed in Montreal every time he touched the puck when he played for the Flyers?
Same thing Saturday night for Lecavalier.
“I felt sorry for Vinny, but I've been that guy,” Briere said.
Lecavalier seemed unbothered. Losing two straight means more than 21,273 people booing him at Bell Centre.
“I just want to help our team win the game, that is all it is really,” Lecavalier said. “It’s always special playing in Montreal. Same thing tonight.”
Added Talbot: “You can’t take it personal.”
That is what Briere called this game. Even though he didn’t score a goal or even get an assist, Briere felt good after the game.
The Flyers shut him down.
“This was for bragging rights,” he said. “I got them tonight, but I know there will be other games down the road.
“I was glad when the first period was over and we were up 1-0, because the Flyers are a tough team to play when you're behind.”
Zac Rinaldo was credited with six hits in just 5:15 of ice time while playing his 100th career NHL game. … Kimmo Timonen had five blocked shots, while Nicklas Grossmann had four, as well as four hits. ... Timonen and Braydon Coburn each played 25-plus minutes. ... Jakub Voracek rejoined Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux on the top line about 14 minutes into the second period when nothing was being generated offensively for either team.