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Ninth-place Flyers ‘have to wake it up’

Feb 26, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers had a chance to move above the .500 mark, had a chance to climb within the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference. It didn’t happen Monday, however as the Flyers dropped a 4-2 loss to the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

It marked the Flyers’ second loss in the month of February to Toronto. The Flyers are three games away from the midway point of this lockout shortened season, and the journey toward a post-season position is becoming more and more dire every day.

“We’re not going to make the playoffs if we keep playing like this,” Flyers Scott Hartnell told CSN Philly. “We talked about it after the game.

“If we don’t learn fast, as in Wednesday night [against Washington], it’s going to be a long season.

“Guys have to realize, every point counts…Game 20 or Game 30. We have to wake it up.”

Their opponents from Toronto, meanwhile, continue to occupy a playoff spot. The Leafs sit seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have won seven of their last 10 games, opening up a five-point cushion on the eighth-place Tampa Bay Lightning.

The motivation for Toronto’s effort in Philadelphia was a dramatic and disappointing 3-2 loss to their Ontario rivals, the Ottawa Senators, on Saturday.

“For us it was about flushing what happened, the scar from the other night,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told “We wanted to make sure we could flush that with our effort. You have to give our guys credit, they battled. They came in and went toe to toe with a pretty good hockey team over there.”

  1. jimw81 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    please define wake up. every game they played this season, they played from behind. it’s not a good sign of confidence if your head coach says after a important game one step forward, two steps back. It’s amazing that Ed Snider is tolerating this crap.

  2. hockeyfan28 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    This team needs two guys a defensive center who is good on faceoffs and a puck moving defenseman to qb the power play and be better then the ganq they have at passing the puck out of the zone how they get them that’s Homer’s problem until then they’re going to be up one game and down the next this was supposed to be the easy part of their schedule cause March looks nasty

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Maybe they should make a trade for a forward. And then another forward. And then another forward. Then maybe get somebody’s brother.

  4. murtdurt - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Also sign a Russian goalie…to a long term deal lol

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