CRUMBLING FLYERS ARE WHISTLING PAST THE NHL GRAVEYARD!

By Julie Glass

The Flyers had just blown a two-goal lead in the third period to lose for the seventh straight game yesterday, and all you got was more mush:

“You have a 4-2 lead, I don’t care how you do it, you have to find a way to get the win,” said Claude Giroux (above). “We played a good game. We just couldn’t finish. We have to find a way to get confidence, especially in the third period.

“I believe in what we’re doing is going to work. We have to start believing that we’re a good team and can finish games, but until then, stuff like this is going to happen. We’re all frustrated right now. You play a good game and can’t find a way to end it, but I really believe that we’re going to learn from this. We’re going to get back to a playoff spot.”

“There’s no change in mentality at all, it’s just about getting it right,” Simmonds said. “It is what it is. No one is feeling sorry for us. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to find a way to change the tide. No matter what it takes. We’ve been close but we haven’t gotten there.”

Flyers’ coach Dave Hakstol took a different approach.

“You have to evaluate it for what it is,” Hakstol said. “It’s another hockey game after 60 minutes. It’s a tie game I think. I think seven of our last 10 we’ve gotten a point. So five of those are OT or shootout losses. Again today, it was a close hockey game all of the way through.

“We have to find a way to finish the games in overtime, and we haven’t done that yet. We have to do a better job there. We’ll continue to look for ways to try and improve that little bit that we need to. Also, one of the big things for me is for our group to stay confident and stay with it and come back to work tomorrow.”

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