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Canucks deny Flyers their second win

Oct 15, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers managed to avoid a ton of trips to the penalty box on Tuesday,* but it didn’t get them their second win of 2013-14, as the Vancouver Canucks prevailed 3-2.

Philly took a 2-1 lead into the second period, but Chris Higgins tied it up and then Ryan Kesler scored the game-winner with less than three minutes left.

That was the second goal of the game for Kesler, who now has three on the season.

On the bright side, the Flyers might have a new partner-in-crime for Claude Giroux. Tye McGinn scored both of Philadelphia’s goals tonight, giving him a trio of tallies in his two games riding shotgun with Philly’s star center.

Such a breakthrough won’t be enough to pacify Philly fans, as the team is now a pitiful 1-6-0. While a stunning amount of Eastern Conference teams are experiencing similar struggles, few franchises feel the year-to-year pressure that the Flyers experience.

Things will only get uglier the longer the Flyers wait for that second win of 2013-14. If they don’t beat the hated Penguins in Pittsburgh on Thursday, they’ll need to wait a full week to get another chance at that elusive second W.

* – Just a hooking minor to Nicklas Grossmann.

  1. canucks30 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Ryan Kesler showing why Bob Clarke sent an offer sheet his way years ago. He seems to turn it up when he visits major US cities out East

    • hosewater2 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      I thought he really turned it up a notch on that bad-bounce-off-the-wall goal too.

      • canucks30 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        You mad bro?

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Well, who else can the Flyers’ brass blame? Whether he wants to or not, Mr. Snider (or Ed) needs to reevaluate his culture.

  3. dirkanger23 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I’m glad that McGinn came through today but the Flyers really need to consider unloading one or two of their many defensemen for a scorer that, you know, actually scores. There are way too many supposed scorers on this team who just aren’t coming through. There needs to be a bit of a shake up before this season goes down the drain, early as it still is.

    • flyeredup202 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Just saying… he missed High and wide alot but…… hes scoring….

      2013-2014 KINGS 7 4 1 5 -3 2 2 0 1 30 13.3

      He would be the leading scorer on this poor offensive team.

  4. wisdomnfl - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    this Flyers team is pathetic – no talent, no coaching, no effort.

  5. flyeredup - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Simmonds has been invisible this year. Schenn Brothers are not good. Awful! Fire Homer

  6. blackandorangeforlife - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    So far i have read Schenns are no good….Yet one of then has a 5th of the team goals…..Nice!…….Rosehill needs to go when all gets healthy to allow who should have made the team…McGinn……..And there has to be a way to get Lauridson and Gill in the mix over Sloburnt and Meztupaors…..I so miss Hutchkinson at this point…..At least he cleared the puck!

    • vanindeed - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      who who and who? There’s the Flyers problem

  7. jimw81 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    this flyers team already tuned chief out. it’s time to start from scratch.

  8. canucks30 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I poke fun at the Flyers as much as anyone but it’s better for the NHL when they are competitive. They’re one of those teams everyone loves to hate or at least tunes in to watch for the entertainment value.

    Unfortunately, philly sports have devolved quite a ways from the glory days:

    Now it’s more like this:

    It’d be said if it weren’t so funny

  9. whammy71 - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Flyers are 1-6……..WHAMMY!!!!

    • drone501 - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      whammy’s back. all we need now is eggles.

      • whammy71 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I can’t even think of anything mean or sarcastic to say. Flyers got issues. Although I hate the Flyers….I am at least smart enough to know that when they are playing well – the NHL is a stronger league.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Logic? from whammy? Now I’m legitimately scared for the Flyers.

  10. micasa81 - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    That game looked like 2 teams still trying to figure out how to play their game. I think either one would have been steamrolled by stiffer competition.

  11. youvebeenphaneufed - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Why don’t the Flyers trade one or two of their defensmen to the Oilers for Yakupov…he’s been a healthy scratch the last two games. At least we know he can score, although, maybe not the best “team” guy.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Flyers and Russians, for some reason, don’t have a great track record.

      • ju8686 - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        That’s not how they do things in Flyerdom … you should never have a legit sniper on the team. All you need to win is a bunch of bangers that can score if everything goes exactly to plan … Hasn’t eddie taught us anything over the last 38 years?

      • ibieiniid - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        i’m at the point of wishing they’d finish last and get a high draft pick…. haven’t had one in a while.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      If the Oilers don’t want him, after picking him 1st overall, what good would he do here? Plus, yeah, the Flyers do NOT pick up Russians.

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