Flyers lack punch at home on power play

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:32 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Back on their home ice, the Philadelphia Flyers fizzled on the power play.

No surprise there.

The Flyers ranked 25th in the NHL in power-play efficiency at home during the regular season, scoring on 15.1 percent of their chances. On the road, they were No. 1 with 34 goals in 135 opportunities (25.2 percent).

In Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, the Flyers had more power-play opportunities than shots during the man-advantage. They went 0 for 5 and managed just four shots on Henrik Lundqvist.

The unit is the same: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and Kimmo Timonen. But the results are much different at home.

"On the power play, I think we've got to move the puck quicker than we are," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "I think it's too predictable with what we're doing with Giroux and Timonen. We have to move it around more and get it in Voracek's hands more. You can't just one-time it all the time. I think you have to fake it, get it moving a little bit and get them through. You have Simmonds and Hartnell at the net, big guys, they're good with their sticks, so it's important just to get it there. All year they've done a good job around the net with finding the pucks and putting them in."

Game 4 is Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 and will have a chance to wrap it up at home Sunday if they win this next one.

The Flyers scored two power-play goals in four chances in the first two games of the series at Madison Square Garden. But fans in New York are merely screaming insults at them. In Philadelphia, an impatient, sellout crowd puts extra pressure on the team.


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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