Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 2/11/12

DENVER - NOVEMBER 23: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on November 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flyers 5-4. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


Game Notes:

  • The Flyers have lost their last seven games to the Rangers (0-6-1).  It’s the longest losing streak since they lost 10 in a row from Nov. 28, 1971 to Jan. 14, 1973.  That same streak extended into a 13-game winless streak (0-11-2) that lasted through December 26, 1973.
  • The Flyers fell to 4-8-1 this season in games that start before 7pm, and allowed at least goals for the sixth time in those 13 games. 
  • Claude Giroux was 13-for-21 (62 percent) on faceoffs.  He’s been above 50 percent in 15 of his last 17 games.

Full video highlights and quotes are after the jump.

 

Flyers Center Claude Giroux

Q: Is it as easy to say that the real difference in this game was special teams?

"Obviously, they got three or four goals on the power play. I think we have to stay out of the box. We know they have a good power play and we shot ourselves in the foot. I think we didn't play that bad, but if we played five on five with them we'd win this game. That wasn't the case tonight."

Q: If you give a team that much time on the power play, nine times out of ten would you say that they would win a game?

"Well, I mean our penalty kill has to be better. We have to do a better job of helping [Sergei Bobrovsky]. I don't know how many goals they got back door tap in, but we have to do a better job of killing penalties. The penalty kill didn't get the job done tonight. Obviously, we got a couple of dumb penalties, but I think we just have to learn from it."

Q: Would you say that Wayne Simmonds was your best player tonight?

"Obviously, he is playing well for us lately. He is winning battles, going to the net and he is getting some goals for us. He is playing well for us. Other guys need to step up."

Q: What is going on in your defensive zone?

"We have to play better defense, we all know that. The best defense brings your offense. They are a team that does that and when they get on the rush they can make plays. Their defense attacks too. Hopefully guys get a little pissed off that we lose against those guys."

Q: How do you explain your record of 0-5 and they out scored you nineteen to eight so far?

"We have to be better and we all know that. They are a good team and one of the best teams in the league. I mean if you want to win the cup, you have to find a way to beat those kinds of teams. The Red Wings are pretty good too, so tomorrow we have to make sure that we battle better. We lost a lot of battles tonight. Those one on one battles, you have to make sure you win them. You can't be soft. Some plays hurt us tonight."

Q: Does every game now become much more important and much more magnified?

"Our goal is to win the cup and we have some things to work on. I think we are getting better and everyone is on the same page. Guys will have to bear down here and we need all twenty players to work hard. We need to do a better job in front of our goalie."

Q: Having won there last year after having not won there since the 1980's, does that give you guys some confidence going in there? Going to tie the record?

"We are not worried about those kind of stats. This team has never played against Detroit.  From forwards to defense to goalies, we need to make sure everyone is on the same page. Guys need to get a little pissed off her and start winning some games."

Q: Can you talk about your struggles as a team here in the Wells Fargo Center?

"We have to be better. On the road, we are a pretty good team. We work pretty hard. We need to bear down at home and obviously we want to win in front of our fans. They have been good to us. We need to do a better job of showing up. These one o'clock games are killing us, but guys need to be focused and ready to go."

Q: Any reason for these early games?

"I couldn't tell you."

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Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky

Q: Bob, did you think that maybe you could have used a little more help tonight?  I know the guys said they wish they would have given you a lot more support.

“I’m not going to blame anyone.  I really don’t want to comment on somebody else’s play.  I think that every game, every player tries to do their best.”

Q: You’ve been in net for some of the games versus the Rangers, I think three.  How do you explain the Rangers’ dominance over the Flyers this year?

“I don’t know why I keep playing.  It just comes out and it just happens.”

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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen

Q: Was the big difference in this game the special teams?

“Well obviously they got three [power play] goals, so it was huge. We were disappointed with the effort actually. The emotional level, playing against the top team in the conference…league…to be honest I think we got half the guys going half the guys not.”

Q: Right from the beginning?

“Well, that was my opinion. You might have seen differently but that’s what I saw.”

Q: It’s got to be disappointing since they’re the top team in the conference and they’ve beaten you—

“That’s what I just said. It was a big game for us and I was expecting more. Obviously it was a tight game but they got three power play goals and we didn’t score any. So, obviously it came down to our special teams.”

Q: Did you voice that concern in the dressing room after the game, or even between periods?

“Well I think everyone realized we could’ve played better. It was a tie game, 2-2, but still, I felt like we could’ve pushed more and pressured more, but they got another two points.”

Q: Is it concerning to you that this is a team that, right now, looks like it’s going to win the Eastern Conference. They just seem like they’re consistently a lot better than you guys.

“They play the system every night. They play the same way every night. There are no surprises and if there is a breakdown the goalie makes the save. They block a ton of shots and somehow they get the job done. Like I said, it was a top team and that’s why they’re at the top. They play the same way every night, they work hard, they do the same system every night and their goalie plays very well every night.”

Q: Do you think there’s as much talent in this dressing room?

“Well it comes down to effort and talent and…everything. I don’t think there’s much of a skill level difference from the bottom team to the top team. It comes down to the system, how you execute the system, how do you play every night. Sometime you go up and down and then you lose games and that’s not the way the championship teams play.

Q: I know there’s no captain on this team right now but this is the kind of thing that Pronger would rail about in the room is this where not having him becomes an issue?

“Well obviously we could [use him] but he’s not here and we all should get by that by now. He’s not coming back and obviously we would be more than happy to have him back but he’s not here. Would he say something? I don’t know.”

Q: Is it important to get going tomorrow?

“We just need everybody going at the same time. We just can’t have one or two lines going and four D or whatever. We need everybody to get going here. This is the time of year where you need everybody going and if you don’t, that happens [losing]. And tomorrow if we’re not ready to play, it’s an even tougher opponent than today.”

Q: You look now where we are in the beginning of February with just 27 games left in the regular season do all these games now mean that much more?

“Well obviously we are in the playoffs but you know we’re not that far off so obviously every game matters and every game matters the way like I said you have to bring it every night I don’t care who you are you’re 18 or 40 it doesn’t matter to me every game matters and you have to bring it.”

Q: Is your youth really showing when it comes to (inaudible) and the special teams?

“It’s four guys out there, It’s not just the youth, it’s everybody knowing what to do out there and today we had a couple of mix-ups. Overall I think it’s been okay this year but today we had a couple of breakdowns and they scored.”

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Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette

Q: Kimmo Timonen kind of just went off in the dressing room with what he felt was a lack of effort, a lack of compete, and he said that its happened more than once that a couple guys are on board and too many of them are not on board.  Did you feel that was the case today?

“I don’t like the way we came out in the third period, that fourth goal took the steam out of it.  I mean before that, they had three power play goals and maybe only two or three even strength chances after two periods.  I’ll have to go back and look at it.”

Q: It was a 2-2 game and then a really dubious penalty on Hartnell there that gives them the next power play, did you feel that that right there was a turning point for your team?

“I actually just thought – well I mean obviously it turned it to 3-2.  For me, we came out in the third period.  For me, I guess I’ll be uneasy with the third period.  We let up two even strength goals where we turned the first puck over and just weren’t strong in our end.  The second one we weren’t strong enough either in front of our net.  I think that’s the turning point for me, from there we didn’t seem to have any more jump.  You go out and win a third period, you’re taking points away, one or two.  I’ll probably be most uneasy with the third period.  Certainly special teams, it has got to be better.

Q: Do you think you guys have as much talent as the Rangers and this is baffling to you that they have won all five games?

“You never know what’s going to happen in hockey.  Do I feel like we have enough talent to win?  Yeah, I do.”

Q: Peter, how about at home, you’ve won 13 out of 27 games.  Do you see a problem here at home or is it just the way it’s happening?

“I don’t have an answer for that.”         

Q: Peter, in spite of the final scoreboard, Bobrovsky looked like he had a pretty good game, made a lot of key saves, maybe the game could have gotten a little more out of hand.  Could you talk about his display today?

“I thought Bob did a good job.  Like I said, five on five for two periods, there wasn’t a whole lot going on.  But their power play was dangerous tonight, they moved the puck well.  We did have a break down or two early where we needed big saves out of our goaltender and we got it.  We had a couple of turnovers in the neutral zone that let to odd man rushes and then again in the third period, I think we need to do a better job in front of him.”

Q: You had a couple breakdowns on the penalty kill also, was it youth a little bit?

“I’m not going to use that.  We need to be better there.  There was a rotation in one of them where our defense got caught up the ice behind the goal line pressuring the puck.  It’s just the way it turned out he was on offense, he ended up staying in and ragging some time down there.  As we came back into the neutral zone we got out of sorts a little bit and they scored a goal there.  I’m not going to make any excuses, it needs to be better.”

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