Clement on Flyers: 'All is great, right?'
The Flyers’ 5-1 loss Saturday to the Stars (see story)had a chance to be weird, between the Flyers not being able to skate since Wednesday and a drastic Dallas ice storm.
But that’s not how the game started for them. Despite killing nine minutes of Stars power-play time, they ended the first period with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a late Andrej Meszaros goal.
“They get out of that bizarre first period,” Flyers analyst Bill Clement said on Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet. “All is great, right?”
All was not great, as Tyler Seguin scored 39 seconds into the second period en route to a natural hat trick. He and Valeri Nichushkin finished with four points, and combined for three goals in the span of 1:02 late in the second stanza.
“The Flyers went completely soft for 62 seconds against one of the top offensive trios in the NHL -- Seguin, [Jamie] Benn and Nichushkin,” Clement said. “They get three goals, and the Flyers end up losing this game 5-1.”
After the second period, Steve Mason was pulled -- his first pull since Nov. 1. He finished with 22 saves on 26 shots, earning his ninth loss of the season.
“What the box score doesn’t show in this one is Steve Mason, for the 40 minutes he played, was nothing short of brilliant,” Clement said. “Without Steve Mason, the score probably would have been more lopsided.”
Clement chalks the Flyers’ performance up to a lack of consistency. Sure, not skating for two whole days won’t help a team, but that’s still difficult to measure. It’s tough to win without consistent play, especially with an easy-to-overlook opponent in Ottawa upcoming.
“There’s no way of telling just how much the Wednesday to Saturday without skating affected the Flyers -- we will never know that,” Clement said. “One thing is a certainty -- the Flyers absolutely lacked consistency, and you have to have that in Ottawa if you want to win.”