ANAHEIM, Calif. -– The Flyers have a pretty good power play.
Yet, for some reason they’re giving up shorthanded goals this season.
The Flyers are now tied with Edmonton for the dubious league leadership after yielding a ninth shortie on Thursday during a 5-3 loss to the Ducks at Honda Center (see game recap).
Thursday's shorthanded goal was pivotal because the Ducks were clutching onto a 3-2 lead in the final period. Kimmo Timonen’s pass was picked off by Saku Koivu and became a goal by Daniel Winnik at the other end.
“I make that pass 1,000 times,” Timonen said. “He made a nice reach. It’s my bad.”
Goalie Steve Mason said the ice was terrible at that point but not impossible. Mark Streit said it was so bad he needed a tennis racquet to handle the puck.
“It wasn’t anything to do with the ice,” Timonen said. “I have to make that pass.”
So why are the Flyers giving up so many shorthanded goals?
“We got one defenseman and four forwards, that’s probably one of the issues,” Timonen said. “But we also score a lot of goals.”
Coach Craig Berube says it’s execution.
“There’s always something that can be done,” Berube said. “The setup sometimes, if you don’t execute, they are going to get odd-man rushes. We got to do a better job of executing.”
Jakub Voracek isn’t sure what the problem is either.
“We’re playing the umbrella, [it's] just one bad pass, a fumble or they pick it or it bounces and it’s 2-1. Depends on the plays,” said Voracek, who is often on the point and was there on this goal, too.
“They make a play and make it happen. The ice was bad but I wouldn’t blame it on the ice. We still have to make those plays. Sometimes mistakes happen at a bad time.”
That was the worst time.
“It’s really hurting us,” Mason said.
There were a couple of other things in the game that were just as significant. A midair save by goalie Frederik Andersen on Vinny Lecavalier stood out. Another was the Flyers' giving up a goal in the final 35.1 seconds of the first period when it was a 1-1 game.
Still, if the Flyers score there on the power play, it’s tied and who knows what the outcome is.
Philadelphia will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 30.
USA Hockey on Tuesday announced that the Flyers will host the event for the first time.
The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes legendary high school coach Bill Belisle, former NHL forward Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team.
That team featured Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Abington native Mike Richter. It also has a special connection with Philly. The 1996 World Cup of Hockey was the first sporting event played at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). The U.S. would go on to win the tournament.
“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “It’s one of our nation’s very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we’re grateful for the advance support we’ve received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate.”
Tuesday also marks 50 days until the Flyers begin their 50th anniversary season.
U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers and Flyers legends Mark Howe and John LeClair will go behind the bench next month at the Wells Fargo Center.
Both have been selected as head coaches for the 5th annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game here on Sept. 22.
This is just one of many events planned at the Wells Fargo Center this season to celebrate the Flyers’ 50th Anniversary.
The 7 p.m. faceoff features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft.
Howe and LeClair have combined to represent the U.S. seven times: one Canada Cup, two IIHF World Championships, one World Cup of Hockey and three Olympics. Howe was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and LeClair’s induction occurred in 2009.
Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
Tickets for the All-American Prospects Game can be obtained online at ComcastTIX.com, or by calling 1-800-298-4200, or by visiting the Wells Fargo Center Box office.
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes.
New York announced Friday it agreed to terms on an entry-level deal with the coveted college free agent.
Vesey was the Hobey Baker Award winner as the NCAA's player of the year last season for Harvard. The 23-year-old forward had 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games.
Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 draft, Vesey said he wouldn't sign by the Aug. 15 deadline. The Predators traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Vesey met with several teams this week and ultimately chose to join the Rangers.