FLYERS ‘TRENDING RIGHT WAY,’ COACH SAYS WITH A STRAIGHT FACE!

By Jenny Masters

The Flyers have lost five of their last seven games.

They trailed by three goals in the third period of Saturday night’s 5-4 loss to the Capitals at the Wells, which ended a 1-3-0 homestand.

Following the most recent hope-dampening defeat, coach Alain Vigneault and captain Claude Giroux said they felt the Flyers were trending the right way.

Really?

“I do believe our game is trending the right way,” Claude Giroux said postgame Saturday night. “It’s hard to evaluate it like that when you’re losing games, but we’re doing a lot of good things out there. A few mistakes that cost us, but overall, I think if we keep playing like this, keep trending the right way, keep doing the right things, we’re going to win a lot of hockey games. It’s tough to say that when you’re not getting the results, you’re not getting the wins, but I do think we have a lot of confidence in our locker room.”

“I know I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but the results aren’t there,” Vigneault said yesterday. “It’s probably hard for anyone to believe that I’m making sense and I’m saying the truth, but I do believe we are trending the right way.

“Sometimes you go through some of these stretches that are challenging for your team and for the character of our group, and you have to respond the right way. And that’s one thing that we can control is our response. We got behind the 8-ball yesterday quite a few times but we always controlled our response, we always came back fighting and we’ve been coming back fighting this last little while. This is why I have faith in this group and I believe in this group that we’re going to come out of this, come out of this stronger, better, and we’ve got a chance to prove it tomorrow night.”

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