Grossmann's lousy game cripples Flyers in loss

Grossmann's lousy game cripples Flyers in loss
January 25, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Nick Grossmann's double-minor for high-sticking in the third period led to two Bruins power-play goals. (AP)


It was easily the worst performance Nick Grossmann has had in his 104 games in orange and black.
He was more or less responsible for four of Boston’s goals during Saturday’s 6-1 debacle at the Wells Fargo Center (see Instant Replay).
Grossmann screened goalie Steve Mason on Boston’s second goal of the game. He turned the puck over on an attempted breakout that resulted in Boston's third goal.
And his third-period double-minor for high-sticking led to not one, but two Bruins power-play goals against backup goalie Ray Emery.
If ever there was a game to forget, this was it for the 29-year-old defenseman, whose most notable trait is that he came into the game ranked fourth in the NHL with 125 blocked shots.
Speaking of which, he should have blocked Jarome Iginla’s terribly deflating goal at the end of the first period that made it 2-0 at the first intermission.
“It’s not a good game for us, and I’ve been talking a lot of what to do,” Grossmann said. “It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t put it to work and take care of it.
“For myself? Poor defensive play and a couple of penalties that cost us. It’s unacceptable in an important game like this. We need two points. Stuff like that should not happen.”
The unraveling of the Flyers, Grossmann said, actually began last month when the team went 9-2-0 in 11 games. Some little things started to creep into the Flyers’ play and now they’ve become big things.
“The shootouts and overtime, we knew we didn’t play well for 60 minutes,” he said. “That was something we tried to talk about and work on and play a 60-minute game. We still have a lot of work to do.
“Even the game before this (against Columbus), we played in spurts for 20 minutes, but then we go back and play bad for another 20 or 40. [It's] something we have to work on as a team and a group. The guys in this room are the guys who are going to get us out of this.”
The back-breaker was Reilly Smith’s goal early in the second period that made it 3-0 off Grossmann’s turnover.
“I tried to pass it over and the puck was [wobbling],” Grossmann said. “Then he just beat me to the net."