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Flyers have to get their ‘swagger, mojo’ back

Mar 14, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers are searching for answers but can’t find them.

The Flyers suffered another setback Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, and there didn’t seem to be many actual resolutions as to how to turn their fortunes around.

The Flyers, losers in four of their last five games, occupy the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference and are three points out of a playoff spot. But, due to the lockout-shortened season, they have 20 games left in which to get into the top eight.

“This one hurts,” Flyers forward Scott Hartnell told CSN Philadelphia. “It stings. You can use every adjective you want, but tomorrow is a new day.

“It seems like the Devils have just stymied us the last couple years, and it’s frustrating we can’t figure it out.

“I don’t know what it is. It sure is frustrating. … It’s not fun hockey. We gotta get our swagger back. We gotta get our mojo back somehow.”

Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers eccentric and yet entertaining goalie, allowed give five goals on 32 shots. That after he said the Flyers were “done” if they lost both games to New Jersey in this home-and-home.

“I’m just tired of losing … tired of losing,” Bryzgalov told after the loss.

“I have no emotions, nothing to say. Another disappointing loss.”

  1. President Charles Logan - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    all these over used cliches are becoming tired , just stop . this team isnt that good right now , they wearnt that good in the playoffs for the past 2 years prior to going to the finals on a 7th seed whim . the coach has worn out his welcome, they have brought in old retreads that arent helping …. changes and solid changes need to happen for this franchise this summer starting with the goalie that should have never been signed

  2. pens919209 - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Are ‘swagger’ and ‘mojo’ euphemisms for ‘defense’ and ‘goaltending’?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      So humungus done !

    • ml3939 - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      I believe the comments section should have been closed after this statement by Pens919209.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I remember when the flyers first signed bryz in one of his press conferences he was joking and said other goalies told him not to sign in Philly. That Philly is hard on goaltenders. He was laughing then and now he has no words to describe this teams play. Wonder if Bryz is bought out if he will “warn” future goaltenders to stay clear of Philly too.

    • 19to77 - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      Dude, just listen to the guy. He’s just about completely defeated. Last season, he was almost impossibly bad. This season, he finally starts looking like he’s figured it out just in time for everyone ELSE to suck and fail. And now, because the ignorant media and fans are giving him all the blame for team-wide incompetence (yes, he’s part of the problem, but nowhere NEAR the biggest one), his confidence is back to where it was last year. Poor guy’s really trying this year (not always successfully, fair), but it’s going to waste with the team around him.

      • phillyphlyersphan - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        19to77, that is the most intelligent statement i have heard about the flyers all season. Once bryz starts thinking hes in a hole he cant get it together and falls apart. The big difference this season is that the flyers dug the hole.

  4. hubeydubeydoo11 - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Bryz is what we call…ummm swiss cheese!

  5. jimw81 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Lavy and Holmgren are let go after this debacle. Ed Snider knows when the writing is on the wall and it has been written. the only thing that hurt the flyers and prevent them from winning another cup is loyalty. loyalty to Bob Clarke, Loyalty to Paul Holmgren. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ron Hextall or Brian Burke is here next year as GM.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      Lindy Ruff I’ll keep saying it till I’m blue in the face !

  6. canucks30 - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    I could see the Flyers acquiring Cory Schneider or Roberto Luongo before the trade deadline or at the draft. Don’t think Buffalo would deal them Ryan Miller. Either way, Ilya “Spaceman” Bryzgalov’s days in the city of brotherly love are numbered.

  7. 5hole26 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    can these guys get any worse? where you at phillyphan77, crying somemore in your grandmothers basement.

  8. franchisethighs - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Seems like everyone on this team gets one extra chromosome after being in the city of filth for too long.

  9. mancave001 - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    President Charles Logan, that comment is idiotic. Retreads? They have an extremely young team with a lot of talent. The problem is defense and a goaltender who has been hung out to dry. He’s now exhausted as a result. They need a dominant defensemen and some rest. That’s all. No way Lappy and Holmgren go after this mini-season plagued with injuries.

  10. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    they remind me of last year’s Phillies team: so much talent, no spark. We all know how that turned out…

  11. puckmepuckyou - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    This has been a Murphys Law season for the Flyers. Lavi s system is tired and predictable and I think a change would do good. Ruff has a lot of experience and could mold a young squad. Terry Murray would also do nicely. Again.

  12. digbysellers - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Ugh, same old song and dance with the cliches again and again. As a Flyers fan I am just sick to my stomach and basically just looking forward to Erin Express this weekend instead of worrying about this “team”.

  13. sizzle299 - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    The fans and management need to come to the realization that the team needs a few seasons for rebuilding to be competitive. That does not mean shipping off young talent and signing aging veterans as band aids. The Flyers draft very well overall, so start moving some of the older pieces to competitive teams headed to the playoffs for some picks to build around the core they want to keep. It also means properly valuing what they have. I like the players on this team, but in no way is this squad just brimming with so much talent only a few minor tweaks or added player are needed to make it pop and end up in the finals like a few years ago. Also, no one in the league is beating down the door to throw them first round picks and top-caliber players for the young players people on here go on about so much. This team is mediocre. So the choice is to keep on this this ‘tomorrow is a new day, we can do better’ while holding the team back, or call a spade a spade and realize that in today’s league, they will not make a deep run. In Philadelphia we’re used to always having a competitive squad that makes the playoffs every year, we don’t get high picks and marquis talent in the great ebb and flow like a lot of teams, the penguins come to mind. The Flyers instead used to rely on heart and guts and fight to get wins and make a run. I do not see any heart and guts or fight in this team. Time to make a big change and maybe watch a few losing seasons while it happens. I’m ok with that.

  14. jkay1818 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Like i said in another post, it’s like deja vu, every article is exactly the same day in and out but with a different headline. Flyers look to get back on track, flyers need their mojo, must win for philly tonight..etc,etc,etc. Bryzgalov has been good and bad, and still not the biggest issue. Enough already with, well this is such a young team packed with stars so they will be fine. Every team is young, philly doesnt even rank in the top 5 of youngest teams, that argument is getting old. Then it turns into trades for top flight D-men in return for aging stars with high salaries, no one wants that. Every post has luongo thrown in there as well, he’ll be 34, he chokes each yr with a much better team and a way better D in front of him, so I dont see how he is the savior and to get him it would require giving up one of those young players, might i add that hasnt shown any signs that they will be superstars. Good players, yes, stars, no.

  15. comeonnowguys - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Hartnell not taking stupid penalties would help.

  16. philly06 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    The return of Ron Hextall, Goalie/GM

  17. pwilson264 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    you would of thought that after IIya (yoda) Bryzgalovs comments on 24/7 about the universe the flyers would of dumped this whack job. this guy really sucks in net to inconsistent. can’t win or try to win games with a goalie like him.

  18. chrisk61 - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    flyers aren’t dead yet. even if they lose to nj fri nite, they still can compete for 8th seed. and if they get in anything can happen.

    that being said, flyers have been in a downward spiral since pronger injury. that really destabilized the defense and it hasn’t recovered. and meszaros injuries didn’t help. couple that with bryz as goalie. that was a bad choice. listen to the crap that comes out of his mouth. and compare him to someone like brodeur. their professionalism is night and day. i am ok with the carter and richards trades. carter came up short and/or was injured in big games incl playoffs. and richards had alleged off-ice issues. the haul in return — simmonds, b schenn, voracek, couturier — wasn’t bad at all. but the root cause was pronger injury coupled with giving the keys to the goalie position to a flake like bryz. he reminds me so much of cechmanek. also the jvr for l schenn trade was a desperate move to shore up the pronger-less defense.

    i think the next move might be to bench bryz. he has become undependable.

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