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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
One minute and seventeen seconds. Twenty-nine seconds.
The former? The length of a two-man advantage for the Philadelphia Flyers in Tuesday night’s contest against the rival New York Rangers, which generated only two shots on net and no goals.
The latter? The amount of time it took the Rangers to capitalize on their one-man advantage only minutes later, extending their lead to two goals, a lead that they would never fully relinquish.
A punchless power play and ineffective penalty kill have been the key reasons for Philadelphia’s disappointing start to the 2013 NHL season. After seven games, the Flyers are 5/35 (14.2%) with the man advantage, which would have placed them 28th in the league during the 2011-12 season.
But their ineptitude while a man up has been dwarfed by their struggles while a man down. So far this season, Philadelphia has killed only 21 of 31 penalties, for a horrific 67.7% PK percentage. ...