They had three turnovers that led to three Anaheim goals.
They stopped skating, stood around and watched, instead of react.
They allowed the Ducks to make a strong push on them without so much a smidgen of a push back.
That’s what the Flyers did Tuesday in a 3-2 loss (see Instant Replay), as all positive vibes of the two straight wins evaporated rather quickly for coach Craig Berube.
“It started in the second [period],” he said. “We got real sloppy in our play and were turning the puck over too much. It’s tough when you lose the puck and turn it over too much.
“You’re not skating too much and you’re in your end too much. We didn’t do a very good job with the puck. Half in the second or in the third period at all, that caused all the problems.”
They had a 2-0 lead and lost it, and then lost the game.
“We go into the third period up one goal and I think we didn’t have the effort we needed to close out the game,” said goalie Steve Mason, who had 34 saves but was under siege with 16 shots in the final period.
“Anaheim was in our zone for a majority of the period and we just had trouble getting out and we were running around a little bit, and when that happens, you’re not going to win hockey games.”
Most troubling again is the fact the Flyers cannot score in the third period. They have now been outscored 14-5 that period.
“We obviously didn’t answer,” Wayne Simmonds said. “It’s really disappointing. We had the game. We were up 2-0 and we just stopped playing.
“We stood around and we were watching. That’s all I can really say. We stood and around and started watching them instead of playing ourselves.”
The turnovers consisted of an errant breakout pass from Nicklas Grossmann, a giveaway by Vinny Lecavalier, then another Lecavalier turnover for the game-winner
Kyle Palmieri’s steal off of Lecavalier for the first goal of the final period stole the game's momentum for Anaheim -- for good.
“He’s such a skilled player and such a dynamic player that just trying to take away his time and space up there,” Palmieri said stripping Lecavalier.
“Obviously, it was kind of a weird play with their defenseman going down, but I was able just to try to get in front of it and keep him in front of me and the puck took a nice bounce for me and I was able to get down to the races.”
Berube put it squarely on the line, too.
“They also had good pressure on us. We just were soft at times, no support and a combination of things,” he said. “But we’ve been pretty good the last two, three games about not turning over the puck. Tonight was the opposite.”
Though he scored a power-play goal, the turnovers left Lecavalier a minus-2 for the game.
Instead of moving up in a Metropolitan Division that isn’t as strong as everyone thought it would, it’s another opportunity lost for the Flyers.
“We have to move up,” Lecavalier said. “Every game is important right now, especially with the start we got at the beginning of the year.
“We started the way we wanted to [in this game]. We got the lead we wanted. And I don’t know what happened in that second half. We were a little flat.”
They were a lot flat.